Think Like a Rat


One of my favorite movies by Pixar is Ratatouille. It is a story about a rat, Remy, and his dream to be a world-famous chef. Not sure why, but I woke up early one morning this week with Remy on my mind. It was weird because I can not tell you the last time I watched this movie, but pretty normal for me because I am a little weird.

I was taken back to the Ratatouille Short Movie, where Remy and Remy’s brother, Emille, are explaining the History of Rats. In one scene, Remy makes the statement, “A rat is pretty flexible. Any hole a rat can fit its head through, it can work its whole body through.”

The Lord woke me up with this thought.

“Whatever you are going through in life, if you can get your head (mind/thinking) through it, you can work the rest of your life through. For you are what you think.”

Now this doesn’t happen on your own. The sooner you realize you cannot do life without God the better off you will be. See a hole is a metaphor for an obstacle/situation in your life and to get your mind/thinking through it, you must first get your mind/thinking off of it. This can only happen by changing the way you think, which is what God specializes in.

Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let GOD transform you by changing the way you think!”

So getting your mind through it starts with God getting your mind off of it and on to Him and His assignment for you. God even instructs us what will happen when we allow our sinful thinking to control us:

Romans 8:6, “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”

Did you ever wonder why a rat wanted to squeeze and contort its body through the hole? Why would it go through the trouble?  Because they know that something greater lies on the other side of obstacle than where they are now. Know this today, there is something greater on the other side of your situation/obstacle. The holes/situations in your life are not to frustrate you. They are to elevate you, glorify God and give you life and peace.

Little did I know the Lord was using a Pixar movie to prepare me to walk through a weighty and heavy situation. My Prayer is this silly but biblical illustration will you give you the HOPE it gave me.

-Pastor BWT


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