Virgins, Mice, and Mothers

Mouse-Phobia.jpgBoth mice and mothers can be found hastily scurrying about the floor of kitchens.  The one will eagerly and earnestly scour the floor for the crumbs that fall from the delicious tidbits prepared by the other.  To be honest though, mothers choose not to coexist with mice.

Most mothers would rather stomp a mouse than study it; unless, you’re a mother in a lab studying Mus Musculus, the common house mouse.

Researchers at New York University were studying the mother-child bond and used mice to determine the role of the brain and how a mother nurtures her children.  The researchers had noticed that when baby mice fell out of their nest, their cries of distress alerted their mothers; however, virgin mice didn’t respond until they were injected with oxytocin. After a series of injections, the virgin mice were transformed and began to respond to the cries of the baby mice..

This research reminds me of the mercy of God.  It’s in His nature to nurture, and He responds to the cries of His children: “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt. I have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.  I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:6-8).”

When sorrows come and you cry out to God knowing: The Lord has heard the voice of your weeping. The Lord has heard your supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer (Psalm 6:8-9).  Then in response to His goodness, you can sing to the Lord and shout joyfully to the Rock of your salvation (Psalm 95:1).

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