Reading my Bible this past week has me thinking back to a time this past year in Rome City. I had walked downstairs to the basement to work out, and found these little brown things all over the basement floor. Sarah and I also found them in one of the cupboards. Anyone who has dealt with this before knows exactly what is coming next.
Long story short is that we caught the sucker in a mouse trap, but it was caught by the leg and was definitely NOT dead. IN that moment, I had the choice to pick the trap up, take it outside, pick up a cinder block, and you can piece together the rest. Or…
2 Kings 6:8-23 tells the story of a neighboring tribe to the Israelites, the Arameans, who were at war with Israel. Through an act of the miraculous, God uses the prophet Elisha to lead the Arameans blindly into the hand of Israel. When the Arameans realize that they are definitely NOT in their own territory and that they are in prime position to get beat down, the King looks to Elisha for guidance and asks:
“Shall I kill them all?” (2 Kings 6:21)
In that moment, the King realizes the Israelites have a victory. However, the victory is really old news because from the moment Elisha saw God intervene, Israel won the day. Elisha has already seen the victory, which meant he had plenty of time to play the various scenarios out in his head. Killing off the Aramean army and king would result in a new band of Arameans, perhaps with allies, coming back with even heavier force and perhaps this time God would have allowed it to happen to teach Israel to stop being so stinkin’ arrogant. But Elisha, instructs the King to treat the Arameans as guests and then send them back on their way. That hospitality is most likely the reason that from that day forward the Arameans ceased raiding Israelite territory (6:23).
When things start to seem like they’re falling apart, we should remember that ultimately love always wins. Even in the face of daunting circumstances, we should embrace that in love there is always victory. And when the other person or situation falls into our hands, we should remember that a soft answer “turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1).
Now about that mouse…
I took him outside, killed him, and dumped him and the trap inside a cardboard box and then put it in the trash can. That’s what he gets for pooping in my cupboards.