Let Us Learn A Lesson from this Mouse Story
February 15th, 2011 | by Philip Verghese 'Ariel' || 2 Comments |
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. ‘What food might this contain?’ The mouse wondered – he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
moving back to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, ‘Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.’
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The pig sympathized, but said, ‘I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.’
The mouse turned to the cow and said, ‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’
The cow said, ‘Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.’
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap– alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.
But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
We can learn a great lesson from this small story, though the other person’s, let me say, the other fellow brethren’s difficulty or sad situation is not a problem for me, By the grace of God I am well off and the Lord Almighty provided everything for me and my children and their children. Why I need to worry about the other person who is in danger or in sickness or in financial needs. Its not my, botheration or its none of my business, this is the attitude of many of us these days. We need to have a change of attitude in our day to day affairs even when dealing with small or minute things, especially with the household of God or the fellow brethren. Though it may be a small issue for me but the other person it may be a great risk even to his life.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember this — when one of us is threatened, no doubt we are all at risk in one way or the other.
We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Let us extend a helping hand to the brethren who is in need. May the good Lord help us to ponder on these thoughts.
End note by pva
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