The Mouse & The Elephant

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Dutch Sheets tells the story of a mouse and an elephant who were best friends. They hung out together all the time, the mouse riding on the elephant’s back. One day they crossed a wooden bridge causing it to bow, creak and sway under their combined weight. After they were across, the mouse impressed by their ability to make such an impact said to the elephant, “We sure shook up that bridge, didn’t we?”

There are several lessons that can be taken from this story. We could call the mouse arrogant or naïve or even prideful. I think the point is that the mouse didn’t see or understand how big or powerful was his friend. If he really knew, the mouse would perhaps be afraid or run away from the elephant.

Another lesson from the story is that it speaks to the limitations and distortions we have in our image of God. As did the Mouse we know Jesus as Friend. We may know Jesus as Comforter.  I continue to learn of His love; continue to grow in my experience Him as  Father.  But there are many ways in which He is still too big for me. I sometimes retreat to more manageable and safer images of Him.

 Several months ago  in the early morning hours I awoke with the  verse Isaiah 9:6  going through my mind.  It  is a frequent occurrence for me to wake with a scripture circling but  never  this verse. I occasionally think about it  especially at Christmas but  I have never really pondered those words in any deliberate way.

 For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given

The government will be on His shoulders 

He will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Almighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Being restless, unable to sleep and somewhat anxious in the pre-dawn hours, I let those Names of Jesus wash over me. As I did, I sensed the Lord speaking: “ Linda, pray those titles for those three young men you have on your heart. Pray that they would experience Me in all those ways.”

I had been praying for three young married men. All are committed to Jesus and want  Kingdom reality in their lives but  they were also  feeling overwhelmed by challenges they were facing, especially in their businesses. As do all of us they needed to know the reality and fullness  of the One who dwells within.

But how do the three young men get there? How do they and we get to know and experience our God as He really is? Peter is  the fearful , insecure disciple who denied Jesus and then became a powerhouse in the early church. He writes two letters to persecuted churches in what is now modern Turkey. He gives us some clues to living in challenging times.

 The Promise

2 Peter 1:3 tells us that His divine Power gives us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him. What an  amazing verse . In reading Scripture it is vital that we pay attention to the little words. Here  the word everything grabbed my attention.  We are given everything we need to do life in the present regardless of our circumstances. Not only are we given everything for doing everyday life but we can also  do that  life with godliness; we can live with victory over sin and failure.  We can  live like Jesus did.

The Power

God’s power within is the Source of living  life with  godliness.  God empowers us.

The Process

We access this power through knowledge of Him. The Greek word for knowledge here is epinosis which means full discernment, a knowledge that comes from experience, from relationship. It comes from not just seeing what He does (action) but who He really is (nature).  It’s about real relationship.

What about you?

  • How have you experienced Jesus?
  • How has He acted on your behalf?
  • What do you really believe and trust about who He is?
  • Are you experiencing the promised  everything needed for life and godliness? 
  • What difference is knowing Jesus making  in your day to day life? 
  • What do you need from Jesus in the 9-5 of your life today?
  • What situation is impossible apart from the intervention of Almighty God?
  • How are you  growing you in that  relationship with Jesus that empower , heals and brings freedom?

 

 

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6 thoughts on “The Mouse & The Elephant

  1. How have you experienced Jesus?….knowing that He is here…be it when I open His Word, or read a devotional and it feels like it is literally Him speaking to me right where I’m at…
    How has He acted on your behalf?..He truly is restoring, healing, setting my family and I free from the captivity, and bondage that we lived as a dysfunctional family.
    What do you really believe and trust about who He is? That what He says He will do, He will do, that when He says He will never leave me nor forsake me..He won’t.
    Are you experiencing the promised everything needed for life and godliness? …I’m learning to ‘accept’ it…and learning to walk in that freedom. when living a life that was so sick and now that Christ has stated I have everything I need to live a godly life..I’m learning bit by bit, step by step to walk in freedom…
    What difference is knowing Jesus making in your day to day life? the difference? life and death..that is the difference…life now..death before.
    What do you need from Jesus in the 9-5 of your life today?my very breath
    What situation is impossible apart from the intervention of Almighty God? everything…the more I live the more I realize I can’t live a moment without Him.
    How are you growing you in that relationship with Jesus that empower , heals and brings freedom?….I’m at a place where I refuse to go back to captivity, I refuse to allow myself to continue placing myself in sickness…I’m done…I am walking in my freedom, bit by bit, step by step….for I can do all things through the strength that Christ Jesus is giving me.

  2. Your message is so practical. How do we get there? That is always the question. . .I really appreciate your “challenge” questions at the end. You have a gift of bringing the message from theory to real life. Thanks & I am really looking forward to the next blog subject.

  3. So appreciate the down to earth, where the rubber meets the road kind of inspiration that flows from your heart. I have recently been in a situation where my whole world has been turned upside down, inside out and have experienced the power of provision and the peace of Jesus in a supernatural way. I have experienced peace in the midst of the storm, having felt like I was in the cleft of the rock while the storm raged on around me. He truly has given me everything do life here and now. Just taking one day at a time as he leads and guides me.

    Keep the words flowing Linda you are a blessing.

  4. My goodness I was going to comment when I realized I did October last year…wow….praising God for His leading…and for you sharing once again Linda…to the moon and back warrior princess sister, daughter of the Most High God, my love goes for you!~ ….