Lessons From Goosie

by T. L Wiens

A few years ago, my husband rescued a baby jack rabbit from a hawk. He brought it home. For the next year, “Goosie” was a part of our lives.

I always thought rabbits (technically a jack rabbit is a hare) were scared little creatures that spent the majority of their time hiding. What I discovered was that Goosie liked to sit at the highest point he could attain and see what was going on around him. He needed to see and smell his enemies. He taught me a lesson that has stuck with me.

In my church background, I was taught to hide. But that left me in the dark when the enemy came over the horizon. Nobody talked about their needs. Everyone came to church hidden in his or her own troubles or triumphs.

Today, I take a different approach. I ask if people don’t talk. I do my best to stand on the highest peak and see the enemy so that my prayers are launched as directed missiles instead of scattered fire in hopes of hitting the target.

An effective prayer life involves sharing with fellow believers. That’s a leap of faith and trust that will free believers from many bondages and avoid many surprise attacks.

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  (Hebrews 4:16 King James)

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:13-16 King James Version)