The Mouse Trap
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "Mmmm, I wonder what kind of food they are bringing out." the mouse thought to himself. Suddenly, he became devastated to see they had bought a mousetrap.
Scurring to the barn, the mouse shouted the warning to the other animals, "THERE IS A MOUSETRAP IN THE HOUSE! THERE IS A MOUSETRAP IN THE HOUSE!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a serious matter to you but it has nothing to do with me. It does not concern me and I cannot be bothered with it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized with the mouse but said, "I'm so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Just know that you are in my prayers."
The mouse went to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The cow told the mouse, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I feel sorry for you but it's no skin off my back. There's nothing I can do about it. You're on your own on this one.
So the mouse, head down and feeling dejected, went back to the house to deal with the farmers mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house --- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she didn't see it was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer's wife.
The farmer heard his wife's screams and when he rushed to her side she told him she had been bitten. He rushed her to the hospital for treatment and later returned home but she had a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer got his hatchet, went to the barn and grabbed the chicken so he could make soup.
But his wife's sickness continued. So friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock so that the farmer could tend to work and chores. To show his appreciation, he wanted to be hospitable towards them and decided to feed them. So he went to the barn to get the pig to butcher it.
The farmer's wife never got well and she passed away. Many people came for her funeral so the farmer went to the barn and had the cow slaughtered to provide enough food for all of them.
The mouse watched, from a crack in the wall, all the events that took place and felt a great sadness.
MORAL: The next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember this ... when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We must keep an eye out for one another.
Galatians 6:2-3 Carry each others burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. NIV