The kingdom of men is like a maze in a laboratory experiment. Four mice are placed behind four different doors leading into the maze. There is only one door that leads out of the maze to freedom. All of the mice must find it. Unbeknownst to them, various pieces of cheese and other obstacles will litter their path. There is also a trap or two.
The clock starts and the mice are let loose into the maze. The first mouse quickly finds a large piece of cheese and contently nibbles it at his leisure, forgetting all about the door at the end of the course. His mind is otherwise occupied.
The second mouse finds small pieces of cheese all along the way that seem to be leading him somewhere. He runs faster and faster after more and more cheese, not realizing that the last piece sits atop a mousetrap. Whack! He’s caught by the tail and stopped in his tracks.
The third mouse smells cheese somewhere in the maze, but can’t seem to find it. He runs into walls. What the mouse is not aware of is that a thin layer of cheese had been smeared on some of the walls. Forgetting all else, he runs faster in search of the elusive cheese. When complete exhaustion overtakes the mouse, he collapses and dies.
The fourth mouse runs through the maze at a steady pace. He passes the other three mice on the way. He manages to avoid their pitfalls. Nearing the end of the maze, the mouse comes to a corridor with three doors at the end of it. He sniffs around each one but doesn’t know which one to choose. Suddenly, he rears up on his hind legs placing his front legs on the wall. The mouse looks up into the face of the man holding the stopwatch as if beseeching him for help.
The man is curious and touched. With compassion, he reached down and with his index finger, gently pushes open the correct door. The mouse, watching the man’s actions, once again continues along the path through the now opened door. He is free.
Some of us are like the first mouse. We achieve big successes in our lives. There is no need to search any further for true meaning or so we believe. We are sure that life won’t get any better than it already is. God seems no longer important to us.
Others are like the second mouse. They try everything on the market in order to find the love and acceptance missing in their lives. They become easy prey to those touting new religions or miracle drugs to heal the pain. Whack! Before they know it, they are trapped in an endless cycle of addictions.
Even more of us are like the third mouse. We keep searching and searching but find no satisfaction in our lives. A hole forms within us where God should be. Finally, we just give up and decide to live our lives in whatever way we deem best. Sadly, without Jesus in our lives, the path eventually leads to death.
We should all strive to be like the fourth mouse. Life is overwhelming when taken all at once. We must take it one day at a time. We will see others who have fallen by the wayside of life. When this happens, we must look up and seek help from one greater than ourselves, in order to find freedom.
Like all of the other mice, life situations will eventually lead us to the end of ourselves. There will be decisions that will leave us without a clue as to which road to take. It is here that Jesus waits for us to look up and find Him. He is sure to lead us in the right direction. The only way to find true freedom is through the door of salvation which is found in Jesus Christ. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” Romans 6:23(KJV)