Monday, May 17, 2010

Mouse Trap - Ecclesiastes

What does this Mouse trap have to do with anything??  It's all about Ecclesiastes!
The book of Ecclesiastes sure can sound like a 'drag', if you only piece-meal through it, but if you embrace it and slowly absorb it in you can begin to understand the big picture.  God is sovereign, He created us & we have a purpose...if we don't see the big picture, our lives get swallowed up in meaninglessness, and we don't get to enjoy it.
When looking at the mouse film, you find yourself cringing with anxiety as the mouse dances all around the trap; even eats the peanut butter right off of it.  In the end the mouse got spooked and thought it was a good place to land--- ironic isn't it? I like to look at this flick for it's parable message-- although it's not pretty and animal rights people may 'boo'...I don't care, Auschwitz wasn't pretty either.  Death is not pretty, get over it...dark days are ahead.
 Ecclesiastes 9
12 Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come:
       As fish are caught in a cruel net,
       or birds are taken in a snare,
       so men are trapped by evil times
       that fall unexpectedly upon them.
For some, you can identify with the mouse trap as representing 'Sin'.  The way of sin is wide, alluring... offering a free taste and the consequences unto death.  And true, we find and have found ourselves dancing all around it, but in the end it can swallow us up unless we repent and do a 180º.  But I like to look at it from an Ecclesiastes viewpoint.... as death. 
We are placed inside of time, where we have a beginning and we move towards a physical ending.  We don't know when it's gonna happen, but it's there, it's waiting.  If we consume ourselves with worry over it, it's closer to us than we can know.
There are so many things out there that I see Christians out there getting wrapped up in that have a root of fear and self-preservation instead of Praising God, casting our cares upon Him and enjoying this wonderful thing called 'life'.
Conspiracy theories, end-time stock piling & bomb shelters and what-have-you.  You know I don't have a problem with people doing things that GOD tells them, but can you discern the spirit behind the bulk of this mentality?  Can you see what it does?  You end up digging deeper and deeper into heady knowledge and reliance on 'being prepared', or blabbing about New World Orders and less about conforming into the image of Christ and moving in greater works.  Is Jesus our all-consuming fire?  If our eyes are on Him and our ears are listening to's simple, we don't waste time and we get to enjoy life.
Geez it would suck to build some super-duper bomb shelter, have it all equipped but then in the final analysis the whole area it was built in had a major shift and became a flood plain... this is the stuff of Ecclesiastes.  Toil without asking God or seeking Him in all things end up in failure.  You have to learn to trust Him.
You know in the 'Minority Report' movie---put it on your movie list so this makes sense......When Tom has the pre-cog out in the mall...and she directs every move & Tom Cruise has to trust her?   ...And it's a scary thing....but it works.  I'm feel'in we're headed towards that in Him.  If we're not obedient to act on what He tells us-- no matter how impulsive or unexpected it seems... that's when terror hits.  

Last night the Lord showed me a kind of end-time dream that really illustrated this-- in the context of asking Him about doing this teaching-- I feel the dream related to that, not as a prophetic thing to happen in the future per se.

In the dream there was some kind of martial law and I knew I was fugitive.  There were troops everywhere, and I was thick in the midst of them, but every time it seemed I'd get caught, something would happen, even an act of God and then, there would be a safe way out for me.

 Ecclesiastes 8
5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,
       and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
 6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,
       though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.
 7 Since no man knows the future,
       who can tell him what is to come?
 8 No man has power over the wind to contain it;
       so no one has power over the day of his death.

"Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm....", it's that same point that Father God is driving home.  Now is the day to get real with God, be zealous in getting closer into relationship with Him so we can learn to hear Him clearly & turn on a dime. Just like in 'Minority Report', "...get an umbrella...drop the man change...wait for the balloons..."  God is outside of time and has a course for us.  That fear thing gets caught up in man-contrived how to survive strategies, which, as we know can be very exhausting...woo, make a bomb shelter, woo learn how to decontaminate water, clean air, store food.. yadda da.  Instead, if He cares for the birds of the air....  if we're really pressing in & if His word is really true...He'll tell us what to do & we'll be cared for.  And if we're doing what we're supposed to because we believe and trust Him... we'll be doing great exploits.  Even if our path is to give all... if we are so consumed by Him it won't matter, like it didn't matter to Saint Stephen.

Additional Scriptural References:  John 14:12-14  Matthew 10:26-31  1 Corinthians 1:31 

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