Saturday night we went on our traditional evening walk with the dog. We go across the street to the school playground and let the dog off his leash and let him run freely. We usually go late, well after dark, after everyone else has left. It is lit with street lights, so we can still see just fine.
Several days ago my dog, the big hunter that he is, LOL, found an opossum on the playground, and chased it until we called him, and it safely and rapidly scampered off to freedom.
Last night as we approached the playground Mr. Opossum was back. This time he was standing at the gate. The gate was not latched, and my dog pushed it open and caught the opossum. We called him, and he let him go and came to us, but our friend Mr. Opossum did not scamper away this time. This time he played possum. Played dead as opossums are ever so good at doing.
He played dead so well, it concerned me that he was okay. My Golden has the softest mouth ever, so I really didn’t think he hurt him. He’d be much more likely of being bitten by the opossum.
I Googled just how long opossums play possum? I found the stress of the confrontation facing the opossum causes him to go into shock. The shock induced comatose state can last from 40 minutes to 4 hours.
I realized I’m kind of like an opossum. The stress of confrontation often paralyzes me. Or too big of projects lying before me. I just play dead. Hoping, just like Mr. Opossum last night with my dog, that they will just go away. Or take care of themselves. Or someone will come along and offer advice or a hand as to where to start. Then I’m fine! My 40 minutes to 4 hours are up!
That’s not how life is. We need to face our confrontations, our responsibilites. Good or bad. Light or heavy as they may be. They are not our demons. With Christ’s help we can. He is with us every step of the way.
His word tells us He gives us rest. Just like the opossum who takes a nap. A dirt nap so to speak. When we are burdened. Overwhelmed. Afraid. His yoke is easy. He is our help. No need to become paralyzed like our friends the opossum.
Let’s all quit playing possum. Playing dead in our faith and come alive and be disciples for Christ. There’s no need to fear the unknown. He will lead us every step of the way where our journey takes us.
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.Matthew 11 :28-30
Love and laughter,