The Truth can be a hard thing to swallow.
The truth can be a really tough thing to swallow at times. Especially when you are not used to swallowing it! But we really need to, if you don’t and you run from it, you are no better than this stupid rabbit I met one time. Below is a TRUE story, and from it I have learned a VALUABLE lesson!
I was walking in the Foyer of the church, where I have an office, and looked out the windows of the big glass doors. I noticed a group of birds, 2 magpies and a crow circling each other. At first I thought it was a Mexican standoff of sorts, but as I looked closer I noticed they were actually circling around something on the ground. A young bunny spun furiously trying to ward off the predators. Normally I dislike rabbits a lot… While they are not technically rodents I always view them as such. Fortunately for the rabbit, I dislike Magpies and crows more so.
Something inside of me cried out to protect this little creature, I flung open the door, and the birds all jumped noticing something bigger coming at them, ME. They scattered about 20 feet back, while the bunny sat panting, for the moment safe. The birds watched me intently as I approached their prey. Yet as I approached the rabbit, It ran from me! “All I want to do is carry you to safety!” I thought aloud. It ran across the parking lot to hide under a nearby car. Back come the birds.
The 3 birds flew to the other side of the vehicle and lay in wait for the bunny to pop out the other side. I walked over and pushed the birds back, it felt as though they were taunting me just jumping back a few feet at a time, waiting for me to do something, So I started to throw rocks, they moved.
Still the rabbit waited under the car, and still it was terrified of me. I knew if I could somehow get it to a nearby grove of spruce trees it would be safe. But animals are stupid, and instead of running directly for them, the young rabbit decided to run deeper into the parking lot where it saw another car.
I decided to wait this time and let the confused rabbit do what it wanted. As I said, animals are stupid, so instead of running for the safety of the trees a second time it ran itself into a large white fence that lines our parking lot, not into the trees, but right into the middle of a clearing, in the wide open, cornered. The birds returned.
As I looked away for a moment, I turned to see one magpie on top of the rabbit, ready to rip its insides open. I RAN. I scooped down and grabbed a handful of rocks and whipped them at the fence, the bird screamed and flew into a tree. Finally the infant bunny ran into the cover of the trees, safety at last.
I turned my attention to the birds, I was mad at them, and I unleashed a storm of rocks at them until I drove them back and off the property of the Church. I returned to the bunny, who had somehow managed to escape unscathed, he was resting in the bushes, hopefully to live another day.
I love to speak about the truth, sometimes the truth can seem VERY intense. Sometimes as it comes to us it frightens us, much like the rabbit. I was the rabbits actual salvation! I was the one that could give that little thing protection and save it’s very life! Yet it was terrified of me, and ran.
Are we like the rabbit when we realise, or someone brings a truth to us? Do we run and hide? Do we put our defenses up? Rather than running and hiding from the truth, let us do the opposite! Let’s embrace our weaknesses and choose to OWN them!
Owning our weakness is actually freeing, it makes you strong, why? Because you will reach out for help, you won’t hide, you won’t embrace a lie and find yourself being torn apart by things like, rejection, fear and depression. Grabbing hold of the truth “I cannot do this alone” is one that you need to grab, right now!