The Rabbit and the Hunter
A good story is one that continually pops-up in your memory no matter how many years ago it happened. Even though my encounter with a rabbit happened fifty-six years ago, to me, it still feels like yesterday. Nevertheless, one day, while I was hunting, I spotted a wild rabbit darting through the woods. You could say we noticed each other at the same time because the rabbit ran into a little cove and I gave chase. As I stepped into the narrow burrow, I saw only one way in and one way out of the rabbits hiding place. The rabbit was trapped and had no escape because I was blocking the only exit.
Do rabbits pray?
While looking down the barrel of the Winchester and adjusted the sight the Rabbit did something I have never noticed during my past hunting adventures. This rabbit had its eyes closed and it made me ask, is this rabbit praying? Hey! Why are you laughing? How do you know rabbits do not pray, are you the rabbit expert? However, whatever the rabbit had been doing it worked on me because soon after the rabbit prayed I envisioned the rabbit speaking with God and pleading for mercy. As I aimed my gun at the rabbit, my mind flooded with images of this rabbit having babies who are waiting for the mother rabbit to bring them something to eat.
Man's heart is evil
In the book of Genesis, the Lord said man’s heart is evil from his youth (Gen.8:21). At seventeen, I was no different; I was in the woods hunting rabbits for one reason, to hurt, maim, and kill any rabbits that happened to cross my path. The prophet Jeremiah said the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it, (Jer.17:9). My heart was no exception.
Can God change the heart of men?
I will never know if the rabbit was praying. But one thing is sure while looking down the barrel of the gun something supernaturally happened to me. God changed my heart, then my mind, and I no longer looked at this rabbit as something to chase down maim or kill just to fulfill my evil pleasure of killing helpless animals. For the first time, I saw this rabbit as God saw her, a mother with babies whom she must provide food, shelter, and protection for her family. And here I stand, with a loaded gun, ready to end her life because, to me, she was just a rabbit. In the book of Ezekiel, the Lord said, I will cleanse you from all your filthiness. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:25-27).
Did God give me a new heart?
Did God take my heart of stone and replace it with a new heart? I do not know if He changed my heart or not, but what I do know is my desire to hunt maim, and kill animals, was something I no longer wished to do. I entered the woods as a cold-blooded rabbit killer and after my encounter with the praying rabbit and now I am leaving the forest as a man reduced to tears over a rabbit that may or may not have a litter of babies. I would never have guessed that God could use a little rabbit to change a man’s heart, but He did! God touched my heart that day while in the woods,
God’s grace is free to everyone
Why am I sharing this story with you? So you can laugh, of course not, I am telling you my story to testify that God has the power to change the hearts of men and woman even though their heart may be wicked (Ezekiel 36: 26, 27). In the book of Luke, Jesus said, for the son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost (Lk.19:10). I was lost in sin, and God had mercy on me. I am convinced a miracle happened that day. The Lord performed three miracles that day. (1) A rabbit's life was spared. (2) The baby rabbits received food if the litter of rabbits even existed. And (3) God changed a man's heart forever, all by the grace and power of a loving God.
Does God perform miracles?
Oh! By the way, God performed another miracle that day, since my encounter with the praying rabbit, I no longer hunt, did I shoot the rabbit? “Of course not,” and by the way, this is a true story, and the hunter was me, Pastor Dennis. And no, I was not a Pastor when I had the encounter with the praying rabbit (2-Cor.13:5-7). Hope you enjoyed this true story and may God bless you. I pray God gives everyone who reads this story a testimony that they can share with the world.
© 2016 Rev Dennis L Johnson