So yesterday morning my cat, Dante, brought in a full grown chipmunk.
I heard the scrambling and the screeching and I ran to see it just in time as the poor chipmunk leaped from the cat’s mouth as Dante fumbled down the stairs.
(Why the cat felt the need to bring it downstairs is unclear and absurd. Getting in the cat door with a full grown animal is impressive enough, but down the stairs? Anyway…)
Immediately the other cat, Leonardo, and the dog, Lucy, were on high alert, sniffing and running after the poor creature who is also on high alert. The chipmunk is panicking and smelling and trying to find someplace to hide quickly. With a lunge, it ran behind the piano.
I am too am now on high alert. I put one cat in the bedroom and closed the door. I put the other cat upstairs. And closed the door. I put the dog in the crate and closed the door.
It did not budge.
I got a broom and tried to gently push it out from behind the piano so it can see the open door. See the freedom. But the broom was too short.
And so we stood there. The chipmunk and I. It was hiding and cowering. I was standing there waiting, hoping it would smell the scents of the freshly rained on morning and peek around the piano and see freedom.
“Okay buddy. It’s all on you. I have done all I can.”
I removed the obstacles. I opened the door. The rest was on the chipmunk.
Freedom is choice.
For the chipmunk. For us.
We can cower in fear all our lives. We can hide in dark places and feel sorry for ourselves.
Or we can peek around the corner and see that God has already bound our tormentors and has opened the door to freedom. Wide open. The rest is up to us.
Choose freedom today. Freedom from anxiety, anger, self pity and even sadness. There is a fresh newly rained on morning awaiting. All you have to do is go through the open door.
The chipmunk finally did. So can you.
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