I never dreamed when I added rabbits to our mini-farm that I would find similarities between myself and one of my rabbits.
It’s not that I’m cute. Or furry. Or have big ears.
And I’ve never been particularly fond of carrots.
This somewhat “tongue-in-cheek” post is all about how I’m like one rabbit in particular. He’s the one we call Houdini.
He’s adorable and sweet. And we’ve bonded through his many escapades. Of all my bunnies (up to twenty-two and counting!), he’s the only one who lets me pick him up and snuggle him close without a fuss.
(Guess that probably comes from having to pick him so many times…)
As you might have guessed from his name, Houdini is an escape artist.
Rarely a morning goes by that I don’t look out the window to see him joyfully, and with great abandon, hop around outside the other rabbit cages. It’s almost as if he’s taunting the others while they scramble around with a “How did he do that?” look on their faces.
How Did He Do That?
Now that’s a question Hubby and I have asked over and over again. No matter what else we do to secure his cage or how many different cages we put him in, he always manages to find a way out.
In fact, he now boasts a Pinnochio nose from using it to pry his way to freedom. (At least his nose is still intact at this point.)
What’s really weird is that there are no holes in the chicken wire surrounding his cage.
He just knows how to find or create openings in the sheet metal that covers his dwelling and squeezes his way through even the smallest gap.
Simply put, this rabbit is the great Houdini in a white fur coat.
How I’m Like Houdini
It’s sad that I see myself so clearly in that escape-artist bunny, but I do.
I like the saying that says “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” And I’d like to think that I’m a tough go-getter at least some of the time.
But truthfully, I don’t like it when the going gets tough. And as I get older…ahem, I mean, more mature…well, my get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone! (Bad grammar…yeah, I know…)
Instead, I exhibit classic avoidance behavior: looking longingly at the much greener grass on the other side of the fence, remembering the good ol’ days when (fill in the blank), and mostly just looking for a means of escape.
We’re Promised Tough
Here’s the thing. God’s Word promises us that we will experience tough times on this earthly journey. It’s a guaranteed given.
Pardon me while my writer training kicks into gear. To spur on my creativity and imagination in story-telling, I’ve thankfully learned to ask, “What if…?” As it turns out, that question is even more important in real life.
So here goes.
- …tough times are meant to stretch our faith, grow our grit, and produce perseverance?
- …rather than seeking escape, we viewed tough trials, troubles, and tribulations as a means of more fully experiencing the power and deliverance of Christ?
- …we learned to praise God that He counts us worthy to experience suffering? (Just like He did with Job and Daniel and Joseph and Paul and countless others whose character and integrity reflected His.)
- …we completely ditched the oh-so-common escape mentality and learned to accept even trials with joy?
Promises For Hanging Tough in Tough Times
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:2-4
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials, so that the authenticity of your faith — more precious than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ~1 Peter 1:6-7
And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. Yet not even a hair of your head will perish. By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls. ~Luke 21:17-19
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~Romans 5:3-4
You need to persevere, so that after you have done God’s will, you will receive what He has promised. For, “In just a very while little, He who is coming will come and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he shrinks back, I will take no pleasure in him.” ~Hebrews 10:36-38
Run-Away Rabbit Wrap-Up
In retrospect, it’s entirely possible that I’ve seen the run-away rabbit in myself long before we gave Houdini a home. How do I know this?
Hmmm, come to think of it, Dani (TEXAS ROADS), Trish (A PATH LESS TRAVELED), Dakota (A BRIDGE UNBROKEN), and Mara (CROSSROADS) — Gasp and shudder! That makes five out of seven of my Miller’s Creek heroines!!! — are run-away rabbits too!
But that’s not the end of the story (pun intended). Our gracious God uses even our trials for our good by growing us up and teaching us to persevere.
Even run-away rabbits like me.