Blessed Are the Cage Rattlers
By Reverend Liz Petipren
One day I
discovered that a rat had been taking residence in my pantry. I bought a no-kill trap and soon caught the
critter and took it out to a field to release it into the wild. Yet the strangest thing happened, when I opened
the door of the cage to let the rat out, it cowered in the back of the cage. I shook the cage, and the rodent
clung to it. I shook harder, and it clung more. Finally, I tilted the cage and gave it a hard shake, and the rat
fell out and scrambled away.
We humans are
not so different from the rat. We get stuck in bad relationships, jobs, or living a situation; and then when
life tries to shake us out of them, we cling to our cage as if it offers us security. A bad relationship, we rationalize, is better than no relationship at all. My car is
a sinkhole for money, one part breaking after another, but it gets me where I need to go. My religion makes me
feel terribly guilty, but it promises me heaven at the end of my road of suffering
While it is good
to be positive about aspects of things that work, if more is not working than is working, you need to be honest
and find your way to freedom. Perhaps you can transform your job or relationship from within it, or perhaps you
need to leave. In any event, do not settle for the feeling of living in a cage.
definitely below-standard for a divine being.
or situations come along that rattle your cage. You may curse or resist them, but they may be helping you get
free. I had to give the rat’s cage a good hard shake before the animal exited. If people or situations are
rattling your cage, they are not your enemies, but your friends. They may be assisting you to get out of prison
and on to freedom. In this month of gratitude, in addition to all of the blessings that have been bestowed on
you, include using the following affirmation too.
Affirmation: “I thank and bless the people and
situations that disturb me, for they are my key to freedom.