The night before last I woke up at midnight to the feeling that I had a mouse on my back. I dived out off the bed as fast as I could. As I was waking up I saw both of my cats sitting on my bed looking at me as if they thought I had lost my mind. My husband reassured me that I was just having a dream and convinced me to come back to bed. I do tend to sleep walk, talk and yell out in my sleep quite often so I didn’t think too much more of it and went right back to sleep.
The next morning just as I woke up a friend called. As I was talking to her on the phone I got out of bed and started down the hall to the kitchen. Just as I stepped out of my bedroom I saw a mouse running down the hall with both of my cats on his tail. Having no time to react I froze and the mouse ran across my foot and I began some sort of howling dancing screaming run leap jump to the center of my bed. All the while my friend was listening to this on the phone and laughing, my poor cats ran the other way in fright and the mouse went in another bedroom and hid under the bed. I have never seen a mouse in my house in the whole 12 years I have lived in it so it did not take to long for the horrifying image of the mouse dream I had had the night before to cross my mind. What are the chances that I would dream I had a mouse on my back and the very next morning see a mouse in my house? It was no coincidence, I now knew it had to be true…. those cats had brought that mouse up in my bed during the night to play with it. Yuk!
I realize now that was the beginning of not a dream but a real live nightmare. I knew which room the mouse had went into so I duct taped the bottom of the door so he could not get out and headed to the store to buy mouse traps. I came home placed 2 traps in the room and duct taped him back into the room. The next morning I checked the traps and found them empty. All day long I saw no sign of the mouse and my cats were acting very strange. Bart our big fraidy cat would not go near the bedroom door of the room the mouse had went in and the brave cat Mr. KB decided that he would run around all day long meowing and pacing. Finally I went to Home Depot and bought a few more mouse traps then came home put them out and opened the door to the room I set 5 traps total. I still never saw the mouse again and by this time was getting pretty frustrated because I wanted the mouse gone by bedtime. I did not want to have another long night lying awake worrying that I would have a mouse in my bed again.
By the evening I was beginning tell myself that maybe the mouse must have escaped out of my house and was gone. I was desperately trying convince myself it was true and possibly I was beginning to believe it.
Life went on as usual around my house that evening and I was busy doing other things so I finally forgot about the mouse for a while. I finished up my evening and decided it was time for bed. As I was heading down the hall to my bedroom I notice something gross. There sitting in the bedroom doorway was my cat, Mr. KB and along side of him was the mouse laying there… dead. Mr. KB was meowing as if to say I have a present for you. I told him he was my hero then I yelled for my husband to do the dirty work of disposing of the dead mouse :D.
Today I was thinking about this whole thing and I am not sure why but I began to think about God and how he does things in his time and not ours. Just as with the Cat and the mouse, when I tried to take the mouse situation into my own hands nothing happened but when I left it alone my cat took care of it for me. In my life I am always trying to fix things myself instead of waiting for God. I am finding when I let it alone and quit trying to fix something I know nothing about God comes in and takes care of it for me. It’s not always the way I would envision that it would be done, but always done and in a much better way than I would have expected it to turn out. Though this happens to me quite often it still always takes me by surprise just as the mouse took me by surprise. I always seem to be walking along and all the sudden I happen upon it to realize it’s already been taken care of. Just like the cat had the situation with the mouse under control, God always has the situations of my life under control. I just need to be patient and let things happen the way he intends for them to happen, in his time not mine.
Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the Lord;he turned to me and heard my cry
Isaiah 40:31– but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
4 thoughts on “A Game of Cat and Mouse”
They are so cute T but the poor little mouse, I loved your allegory.
Do you know T a rat saved me once from harm, I’m not joking it really did happen. I’m a very friendly person and have been all my life, I love people all types but not the evil some do.
At the time this happened I was alone, but a few times a week on my way to the shops, I would say hello to this man on crunches, we talked a few times and he told me he was looking after his mum but that he got lonely because she slept most of the time, so I said just being friendly, come around for a cuppa, not thinking he had other plans for me.
Wow did he come on strong and I prayed real hard because he was not listening to my protests, then all of a sudden there was a dreadful overpowering smell, I thought he hadn’t showered I was still trying to push him away but I wasn’t strong enough I just couldn’t escape, but before anything happened, he said suddenly, he had to go, I breathed a huge sigh of relief and was thanking God but strangely I could still smell this vile odour, investigating I found a dead rat at the foot of the lounge, this man must have thought it was me too… since then I have a new respect for rats … yes indeed all things work together for good when we Love God, even dead rats.
Christian Love Anne.
That is an amazing story Anne, I am so glad that he left before anything happened though what did happened was I’m sure very frightening. I think your prayers were answered, who would ever think a rat would be the answer to our prayers, and like you said all things work together for the good when we Love God… and rats in this case. Romans 8:28 another one of my favorites 🙂 Thank you for reading and for sharing your story Anne and God bless you 🙂
Well I am actually smiling as I type this line, I had the image of you in my mind as I have a Freind who is petrified of them. Hilarious. I am glad you allowed god to do it in his own time. Although for me I have a spider phobia, I would have left home. On your back now this is funny…
I had forgotten about this! Thankfully I have not seen anymore mice in my house since this post 2 years ago but it now makes me laugh when I think about that night! btw I am afraid of spiders too!