Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gerbils, Kittens, and the Bible

The name of Yahweh is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.
Proverbs 18:10 HCSB

This morning I awoke to my daughter’s cries for help. She has a bit of a flair for the dramatic, so I hurried into the den even though I thought the matter couldn't possibly be life or death.

I was wrong.

The gerbil cage was on the floor in pieces. There was bedding and food everywhere. I slowed my pace a little, not sure of what I would find. Gerbils in pieces? Gerbils missing? (The thought of either was horrifying.)

If I had been more awake, I would have realized that our kittens, the culprits in this fiasco, were still circling the mess. As I got closer, I realized that both gerbils were alive and apparently unharmed. They had been sleeping in their favorite place to bed down---an area of the cage that is enclosed and separate from the rest of the cage except for the hole where the tunnel hooks to it---and they were still there, shaken, but not leaving the relative safety of that box despite the now-open doorway.

I was amazed that they had stayed put until we woke up to rescue them. (How none of us heard the crash, I’ll never know.) But there they were, patiently waiting.

Then God reminded me of Proverbs 18:10, and I meditated on it while I cleaned up the mess. God seemed to whisper to my spirit. How many times would you be better off being still and waiting for Me to take care of your problems? Run to Me and rest in Me. I will protect you and keep you safe.

It’s true. Too often I try to take care of my problems themselves. The storm rages all around me, and I run headlong into it, assuming I can do something. I can’t.

Like the gerbils who were powerless against the almost-grown kittens, I am powerless against much of the circumstances that come against me. I need a rescuer, a safe place to run.

Yahweh is my strong tower.

PRAY: Father, help me to let go of the illusion of control. I want You to handle all my troubles and calm my storms. I trust You, and I want to rest in the strong tower You are for me. Amen.

~ Jennifer A. Janes


  1. This is glorious...I love it. And SOOOOO true! Why don't we wise up and wait for God? Like when Abraham thought he'd have to help God fulfill the promise of having nations of children..."Well, I better help him...Go get Hagar!" Wait! Just let HIM take care of it. :)

    1. Yes! When I try to take matters into my own hands, it never turns out well. I have to keep reminding myself that God's got it!

  2. Wow, what a powerful message! I just love it when our Heavenly Father uses something in our lives like this to open our eyes to His love for us. Praise the Lord!

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  4. Exactly! I was surprised (although I don't know why I should have been) to have Him speak to me so clearly through the gerbil incident. He is good!