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).

The Hand of Conviction and Comfort

handConviction and comfort:  These two words appear as the underlying theme of much of the Bible.  I’m never too fond of the first, and I can’t seem to get enough of the last.

I like the comfort of verses like Isaiah 41:13:  For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”  When I read this verse yesterday, it occurred to me that as long as God has my right hand, I won’t land in the wrong place.

This is why we are encouraged to, “Come, and worship Him and to bow down and kneel before the Lord who made us. For He is our God and we are His people, the flock of His pasture, His sheep protected and nurtured by His hand.”

Notice the benefits of being “nurtured by His hand:”

  • I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. ~ Psalm 16:8
  • You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16:11
  • You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. ~ Psalm 18:35

When you think of these benefits, it’s easy to, “Clap your hands, and raise your voices joyfully and loudly. Give honor for the True God of the universe; Here’s why: The Eternal, the Most High, is awesome and deserves our great respect. He is the great King over everything in this world.” ~ Psalm 47:1-2

Just before I posted this, I was reminded of an old song called “Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man.”  You can listen to it by clicking here.