Holy Week began with an unwanted visitor in our bedroom. Early one morning we were awakened by a rustling next to our bed. I exclaimed: “There’s something in our room!” My husband looked over the side of the bed and saw a slew of opened Dove chocolate candies, half-eaten. Something had gotten into my hubby’s stash of sweets and we both suspected it was a rodent enjoying an early breakfast.
We set traps—with no luck—and were forced out of our master bedroom because we didn’t feel comfortable sharing a room with a chocolate-loving mouse. During our two-night displacement, Jesus’ words came to mind when he said, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). Our having to find an alternate place in our home to sleep was nothing like what Jesus experienced, but it got me thinking about the many sacrifices He made for us. During his three-year ministry, he was a nomad, going from town-to-town where He healed supernaturally, forgave sins and taught truth. He relied on others to open up their homes so he had a place to stay. Scripture says Jesus was not a prophet in His own hometown (Luke 4:24), so it’s doubtful he made many trips back to Nazareth. He was all about producing fruit and the harvest was elsewhere.
The ultimate sacrifice, of course, is what Jesus did for us on the cross, giving up His life so that we could live eternally with Him. However, I thought that this Easter we could also remember some of the smaller sacrifices He made for us as well, like forgoing His comfy digs in Heaven to come down to Earth for a less than posh, nomadic life.
As for the chocoholic, we ended up hiring a local pest control company to capture our friend who was snoozing behind a chest in the bedroom. The technician scooped him up humanely and relocated him to a more appropriate home in the wild. And after thoroughly cleaning our bedroom (there were three separate piles of opened chocolates), we moved back in. But what I realized is if we are looking, every life scenario can point us back to Jesus.