Missional Musings; Belling the Cat
Long ago, the mice had a general council to consider what measures they could take to outwit their common enemy, the Cat. Some said this, and some said that; but at last a young mouse got up and said he had a proposal to make, which he thought would meet the case. “You will all agree,” said he, “that our chief danger consists in the sly and treacherous manner in which the enemy approaches us. Now, if we could receive some signal of her approach, we could easily escape from her. I venture, therefore, to propose that a small bell be procured, and attached by a ribbon round the neck of the Cat. By this means we should always know when she was about, and could easily retire while she was in the neighbourhood.”
This proposal met with general applause, until an old mouse got up and said:
“That is all very well, but who is to bell the Cat?” The mice looked at one another and nobody spoke.
Moral of Aesops Fable: It is easy to propose impossible remedies
Moral of Andrew’s Fable: Impossible without God!
Writing this a day after the first Catalyst meeting I slightly feel like Aesop’s young mouse. To an average onlooker the sight of me squeaking to a room of busy Londoners, “Let’s all be on mission every moment of our lives,” may have come across as a tad naïve. But personally, when I first read this story I genuinely thought the mouse might have had quite a good idea! It sounds ridiculous I know, but often the best ideas are the most outlandish. So rather than ignoring him and continuing with the status quo, I suggest we take a minute and ask the question, what if it were possible? Because ultimately all you need to do is pull off just one ‘belled cat’ and I am convinced that it is worth a shot. And if you look through the history books of the church you will find numerous examples of mousey success!
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.
And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold.
How do we do it? I haven’t the foggiest! But I know it can be done because it says so above! So these monthly musings on mission will simply be me making my mind more mouldable to the idea that just maybe there might be a method or methods that us mice could meddle in (sorry, got carried away!).
I’d also love to hear your stories/ideas of mission that I could share for our encouragement.
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