|Recently, I was stopped by a red light on the highway. As I waited, I noticed a nearby crow behaving strangely. The bird would dip down towards the ground and then abruptly jerk back into the air to avoid oncoming traffic.
I watched the crow for another moment before I realized what the crow was after: a mouse. The mouse was running back and forth across the highway: frantically trying to avoid getting crushed by the speeding vehicles while evading the jaws of a hungry airborne predator. The crow, meanwhile, was desperately trying to get its next meal but couldn’t because of the speeding vehicles and the mouse’s evasion. Their struggle carried on for two minutes. Then the light changed, and I was forced to move on my way.
I offer my condolences to the kind-hearted. I have no idea if the mouse escaped or not.
A few seconds later, I realized that the antics of the crow and mouse were a great analogy for the life of most people. Either they’re frantically chasing something that they think will make them happy (like the crow), or everything is going wrong and they’re trying to get away from the pain and hurt (just like the mouse). In either case, the circumstances of life conspire to prevent success (the cars on the road).
Fortunately, however, for the Christian there is a third option that removes this frustrating equilibrium: fellowship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. John the Apostle tells us in his first epistle that the things written were for our benefit. They were given so that we could fellowship with God, with each other, and – this is the great thing – that our joy could be full.
Life doesn’t have to be a meaningless struggle. It can be joyous and satisfactory. But this satisfaction is only found in a proper relationship with God. If you’ve never trusted Christ as your Savior, I urge you to do so. If you’re already saved but have been looking for happiness in worldly places, then I beg you to stop seeking in vain. That which you are looking for is only found in God.
When it comes to life, don’t be a crow and don’t be a mouse. Be the satisfied Christian who has found what everyone is looking for: a life of joy and peace.