I was pushing Blind Linda’s wheelchair out to the DART bus this morning when I was caught rather flat footed by something on the floor of the entry way. A dead mouse. It looked like it was trying to get out the door, but didn’t make it. No blood, no guts, just lying there with its tail out behind it. It startled me, and made me wonder if Certain Man knew something I didn’t about mouse bait.
I’m not mouse freaky. They don’t scare me to death, or even cause me to scream or climb on things. (I once had one drop on my head in the chicken house and run down my shoulder and jump and scurry away. I didn’t even scream that time. Probably because it was rather dark and I didn’t realize what was happening until it was jumping off my shoulder in the dim light. But I digress.)
When I saw this mouse on my floor, I was trying to maneuver BL’s chair around a very tight space in a difficult corner and my first glance was fleeting. But the sight of it caused me to stop and reassess the situation and I suddenly discovered that my first assumption was very. very wrong.
It wasn’t a mouse at all. Oh, boy!
But I’ve been thinking ever since about the “dead mice” on the floor of my life that I shrink back from, and wish someone would dispose of for me and that I think I can smell, and that feel so repulsive to me.
Brothers and sisters, in the Family of God, I propose to you that a whole lot of the stuff in our lives that is attracting the attention that a dead mouse would on the floor of our proverbial entry ways, is nothing more than a dried leaf. There are things that we should give no more than a fleeting glance, and brush them on out without giving them the audience and attention that a dead mouse might attract.
It’s time to help push the wheelchairs of the people of this old world around difficult corners, through the tight spaces, towards the bus that will take them to where they need to go.
Let’s not let the harmless stuff that looks like so much like something else sidetrack us on our way to Heaven.
Matthew 22:36-39 (NCV)
36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the most important?”
37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and most important command. 39 And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.