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The Frightened Little Frog

September 15, 2015

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Having noticed that my blog about a hedgehog had been searched for Sunday schools, I have also been thinking of my many other interesting encounters with animals and insects in the last few years. Since these little stories revealed a spiritual analogy, I thought that it would be a good idea to have a children’s section for these and other stories. The following is the true story of how we rescued a little frog just recently…

The squealing behind our home was strange and high-pitched but where on earth was it coming from? My daughter ran outside to find nothing at all. Then, once more the squealing started up again – and again she went outdoors, this time to discover that our cat was annoying some poor little creature in an area where a lot of rain had gathered. What a “summer” it had been, with rainwater collecting in pools just about everywhere! After grabbing our tabby cat, my daughter put her in the kitchen and we both went out to see what had been so terrified of our cat. Soon we were looking at a lovely little frog which was lodged in a tight place, close to a pipe where a patio area is under construction.

My daughter touched him and he moved slightly, but then, after a while there was no movement at all. “He’s dead. The cat has killed him,” said my daughter in despair, “but maybe he’s just playing dead,” she added optimistically. “I think you’re right,” I whispered, “he’s sitting so still and probably hopes we’ll just go away… but what if the cat gets him when she comes out again?”

“Well, I don’t know how we’ll get him out of there,” said my daughter. “Oh, he’s so slimy; I can’t bear to touch him!” She went back indoors, making sure the cat didn’t get out again, while I picked up a large bucket. Looking at the poor little creature, he hardly moved at all but I just had this feeling that he was definitely ‘playing dead.’ I really needed to get him out of the dangerous situation he was in and so I gently picked him up (with damp cold hands so that I wouldn’t hurt him) and put him in a large bucket with a tiny bit of cold water in it from our outside tap. He didn’t flinch at all, still giving the impression that he was dead.

I have a great love for every little creature I come across and so, as carefully as I could, I carried him away to safety – to a place where I knew in my heart that he would be happy. However, to get to that place I had to walk a long way, climbing through briars, nettles and thistles of all types. After a while when I looked into the bucket, the little frog appeared to want to hop out, but how glad I was when he stayed in that safe container until we reached our destination – a lovely place where there were shady trees, lush green grass and little damp pools. And how happy he was to arrive in this beautiful place – away from the danger of an enemy who had tried to hurt and kill him. Once out, he hopped away into the undergrowth and I felt so joyful to know that he didn’t look any the worse for his encounter with our cat! How glad I was that he had allowed me to pick him up and bring him to that safe place!

On the way back to the house I noticed that I had many cuts, scratches and stings and I was even bleeding in places, all because I wanted so much to make sure that a little creature would arrive safely in a very lovely place where he would be so happy and at home.

Once back at my home, as I bathed my wounds (which were nothing really) I couldn’t help but think of what the dear Lord Jesus went through for me – and for you. His wounds were much more than we have ever suffered and not only that, He went so far as to die – so that we could be safely brought Home to a beautiful place like nothing we have ever seen on this earth. The Bible says “…He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…” (Isaiah 53v5) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Verse 6)

Also – while I rescued a little creature that was innocent and had never done anybody any harm, the Bible says that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5v8)

Jesus wants to carry us safely through all the dangerous times, the thorny paths and the stinging hurtful times of this life, until we eventually reach a happy land where tears are no more.

Just as I would never have abandoned the little frog in a dry place or in a dangerous place, the Lord will not abandon those who love Him either – and how glad I was that the little frog didn’t get fed up being carried to his happy destination, deciding to jump out and make his own way through the undergrowth! Such a move would have been terrible and could have meant that he would never have reached that beautiful place.

What a faithful Friend the Lord Jesus is that He loved us enough to suffer and die for our sins, so that we could live in Heaven with Him for evermore! The Bible says: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. (1Corinthians 2v9)

My prayer is that you will trust this faithful loving Friend as your Saviour today, so that you can safely walk with Him to journey’s end – to a beautiful Forever where you will be at Home and happy with Him and all the other dear souls who have allowed Him to rescue them from the jaws of the enemy.