The Parable of the Jackrabbit

Let’s just imagine for a minute that you have a certain goal, and let’s say you know someone who has already reached it. Maybe it is earning a certain degree, or opening a business and making it fly. Maybe it is a better family life, or a talent you’d like to master. Perhaps it is a highly developed relationship with your Father in Heaven. Before you try to duplicate what others have done to attain what they have, be sure of one thing. Understand the Parable of the Rabbit:

A man was on a journey and came to a field. In this field he observed a dog, jumping around, darting to and fro, disappearing in the long, long grass each time he landed. The man stayed back, fearing that the dog had a terrible disease that caused him to jerk wildly and bark incessantly. Cautiously, he passed along side the field on the well-paved path, keeping an eye on the ravenous dog to be sure it did not harm him. Coming to the end of the field, suddenly the dog appeared in front of him, holding a jackrabbit in its jaws. Placidly, the dog glanced at the man, and walked away.

This man was hungry. Thinking about the dog, he decided it would sure be nice if he could have a rabbit to eat, too. So he turned around, retraced his steps along the path for a time, and entered the grassy field. “Well, here I go,” he said, and he began to jump and dart, growl and bark. Up and down, back and forth, trying to duplicate all of the crazy movements he had seen by the dog, believing this would somehow produce a rabbit. All day long he did this, and at the end of the day, he was still hungry, and very very tired.

Disappointed, he returned to the well-paved path. He said to himself, “This is a well-paved path, many people have traveled this way before. I guess I just need to stay on it, and eat whatever I find along the way.”

Isn’t it interesting that not only did duplicating the dog NOT produce a rabbit, but it probably kept them very far away?

During all those “starving student” days, I remember buying in to a handful of home-based business ideas. Making beaded jewelry from home was one of them. I also remember getting very frustrated because my results were not amounting to all of their advertised testimonials of big success. Now, I understand that I was jumping and growling, expecting a rabbit to appear. I had no expectation or vision of living the success they promised. I couldn’t even picture what it would be like to have abundance. All I knew was that there was never enough money, and in reality, that scenario was all I expected. It would have been very different if I had a vivid picture in my mind of living abundantly, so that when a vehicle to get me there came along, my results would have surely been much different. I have only seen a significant change in my financial picture since finding a rabbit that I could chase and capture. There are many legitimate business opportunities out there that get written off when they “don’t work”. What is really going on, is that the subscribers just don’t see a rabbit. The activity becomes nothing more than jumping and barking at empty fields. Following someone else’s recommended steps without a clear objective of your own is like racing after a rabbit before you’ve even spotted one is the thicket. Once you see it for yourself, what you need to do next becomes instinctive.

This brings up 2 points. First, the man was right in leaving the path in search of the rabbit. I heard a very wise person once say, “If you want to do the right thing, look around at the people in the world, see what they are doing and where they are going, and you will do well to do just the opposite.” Doing what everyone else is doing is often the absolute WRONG thing to do. “Broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it,” Matthew 7:13-14. Remember, any rabbit worth catching doesn’t sit around on well paved paths, there is a price to be paid, a seeking is required.

So if you want a rabbit, you may need to leave the well-paved path, but before you start jumping and barking, make sure you have your eyes FIXED TIGHT on a rabbit. This is the second point: All of the madness will be fruitless if you don’t see your rabbit. Going through the motions without a clear goal in mind is energy wasted. You would burn out before attaining the degree. You would become impatient with the members of your family when things get rough. You would tire of the practice required to master a talent. Your efforts to grow closer to the Lord would too easily be thwarted without a burning desire to know Him. Satan has no power over a determined seeker.

So, to duplicate the movements of the dog, without chasing a rabbit too, will NOT get you a rabbit. Identify your dream, visualize it, make it real in your mind, get excited about it, and chase it hard! Daydream about what it will feel like to have that degree, that business, that kind of family life, that talent, that relationship with God. Others will look at you and the choices you make and they might even think you are crazy. They just don’t see your rabbit. But God does, and He will help you catch every worthy and righteous one that you have your eyes on. He can see where it goes when it disappears out of your vision, and He will prompt you by the Holy Spirit, which way you should go. Practice listening to those quiet promptings, and practice obeying them. Your dreams will return to your view and sooner or later become your reality. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths,” Proverbs 3:5-6

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Leslie Householder

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