As he was wondering what to do next, to his astonishment, he then noticed beside him, two mice, one white and the other black gnawing at the roots of the shrub which was holding him. He froze with terror seeing no means of retreat and no means of safety. As the minutes passed however, the man began to look more closely at the shrub. On one branch he noticed the most beautiful fruit he has ever seen. He popped this fruit into his mouth and found the taste so lovely that he completely forgot all about the danger he was in. Meanwhile the mice continued to gnaw!
The fable was written in this memorable way so as to remind people that they must never let worldly things distract them from the reality that one day “we must all appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ, so that each one may receive judgement for the things done in the body whether good or bad.” (2nd Corinthians Ch5v11).
Every person at some point in his or her life tries to distract themselves from the reality of our situation before God and some even try to do this all of their lives. Indeed, some individuals manage to distract themselves so successfully that the thought of needing a spiritual life remains buried in their subconscious right until the very end. But no amount of distraction, no matter how long it lasts, changes reality. The mice are still gnawing and the dragon is still there!
Sadly, some people treat Almighty God the way they treat the medical profession when they are ill. They will do anything they can to avoid having to go to see their doctor. They will allow themselves any excuse why they shouldn’t go and any distraction no matter how trivial. They will try and reason with themselves that it isn’t necessary. The fact remains unchanged however, that if they but swallowed their pride and went, the medical profession would help them, not harm them. The doctor exists for their benefit not their harm. The doctor is not there to be avoided at any cost and yet that’s what many do! It’s like “biting the hand that feeds you.”
So likewise, this is how many people treat “The Great Physician” Jesus Christ. Many individuals avoid going to God’s surgery “the Church” at all costs and make up any excuse why they shouldn’t see their Heavenly Consultant. They will allow themselves to be distracted from the reality of their situation by the most trivial of things and try to reason with themselves that God is not important! I sometimes wonder “what do they imagine is going to happen if they went to church?” Sick people go to “the doctor’s surgery” for help and the place sinners go to for help is “the Church”. If they but swallowed their pride and went they would find God is there to help them, not harm them! He is not some Being to be avoided at any cost; He is a Being so profoundly lovely and beautiful that He Died for us all on the Cross to save us from our sins.
We have a Heavenly Exam to pass and now is the time for earnest preparations.