This week I had some visitors. Most times I enjoy having company pop by and, over the years, my house has been a place of refuge for many. However, these were not the kind of visitors that I like and they were certainly not welcome!! MICE!! That’s right, mice.
I Was NOT Impressed
Now, those who know me, know that these little critters are one of the few things that can send me over the edge. You might well imagine my reaction when, as I was enjoying my morning coffee, one little mouse scurried through my kitchen! I was NOT impressed. After a few screams I mustered the courage, faced my fears and set out to catch it. Mission accomplished and it was returned to its natural habitat. But where there is one there are bound to be others. So I set out traps and headed off to work. In the evening I proceeded to gut my house and clean every nook and cranny. Anything that could move was moved – beds, sofas, fridge, stove, bookshelves, coffee tables, chairs. Closets were emptied and reorganized and everything was vacuumed and washed. By days end I had captured four more mice. It is now day four with no more sightings and I am beginning to breathe again.
As I reflected on this I wondered what in this spoke of the sacred or Divine mystery? What might the universe be trying to teach me?
I thought about that old Hymn “All Things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, in love God made them all” and wondered if this might be a reminder that we co-exist in this land with many creatures, all of which have a place and have been created in love.
Then I thought, perhaps this was a lesson in facing my fears and gaining strength to deal with them.
Or perhaps this was a nudging out of my comfort zone and a reminder that one must not take for granted the serenity I enjoy in my own special place.
It could have been all of this or none of it. But one thing is certain – although these critters are small, they made me jump, I have a very clean house and, for the moment, I appear to be alone again!
© 2018 Rev. Valerie Peyton Kingsbury