Mahleh, Lamb Chops?
by Lisa Rene Delgado
Just as Mahleh walks away, he takes notice of a frog he named, Freddy Frog leaping outside the old wooden fence.
“ Freddy frog, where you going?” exclaims Mahleh.
“ Wait for me! Says Mahleh, as he try’s to catch up with the leaping frog.
“ I sure would like to see where you’re going. I bet you can go anywhere. I’ll just follow you and see how far you can go: but I’ll go only as far as that stream on the other side of the fence. After all, I am a little thirsty. I’ll get a sip and come back quickly. Momma will never miss me; I’ll be back before she even looks up to check on me, anyhow, it’s not too far. Hum, let me see, is anyone looking? She’s talking as usual, now is my chance to go outside of this pasture. I’ll just squeeze through these posts, ouch, that was tight! Aha! I am free at last! I sure hope I can squeeze my way back in, without anyone ever knowing. (Prvbs.10: 17)
Wait little frog, wait for me! Oh no, now he’s gone. I lost him. Oh well maybe he’ll come back. I’ll just get a sip of water, and have a look around, and then I’ll head back to the pasture. Momma will not even know that I was gone, and it will be my little secret. No one will ever know. Although the Shepherd might know, He knows everything, but, oh well, I am already here, I’ve already come this far.”
Hum, that’s strange; it’s getting dark already. It was just morning, the sun was just shinning. I don’t understand why it suddenly got so dark? Maybe it’s just the shade from all these trees. I should hurry back anyway.” (Ephesians 5:8-11)
“ Hey, where did the fence go? I couldn’t have walked to far away. It was just over there and now it’s gone! Maybe I did wander a little too far and now it’s getting cold, so cold I’m trembling; and nobody is calling out for me. “ It is getting dark fast in here.” The forest doesn’t look the same anymore either.” (Proverbs 23:31-33)
“I never heard these sounds before, it’s getting scary in here and my knees are knocking so hard I can barely walk. Maybe they haven’t even noticed that I’m missing from the fold. I should make myself a bundle with this brush and sleep here, and in the morning I’ll be able to see more clearly. Momma’s probably worried about me by now and the Shepherd always counts his sheep, he will send someone to find me and bring me back home. I will just stay here and wait for him.” (Matthew 18:10-14)
As Mahleh nestles in the bedding he made with brush and broken twigs he gathered in the forest, he begins feeling lonely and longs for his mother’s warm coat where he felt safe.
“It’s dark and cold out here. I am getting hungry too. I should have listened to momma. Now I know what she meant about boundaries; and staying close to the Shepherd, I hope he comes soon to get me because those red lights look like eyes glaring right at me.”
“Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” Mahleh hears the growl of a sheep’s worst enemy.
“Oh, oh, I think I’m really in trouble now.
Uh, I made a really bad decision this time. It’s a wolf.”
“Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” The wolf growls as he moves closer out of the thickets.
“ Oh dear, Mahleh says anxiously. “ What was that prayer momma tried to teach me, and I wouldn’t pay attention? I had better remember it now; they’re getting closer, and louder.”
“ I better remember fast. How did it go? Something about our Shepherd, it went something like this: The Lord is my Shepherd, though I walk through the, the. Oh, I think I’m going to walk straight into the mouth of that wolf. She said something about a valley; oh, it was. “ Thou I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no, no.” (Proverbs 22:17)
“Oh, oh, it’s getting closer; and I can’t remember that prayer! How did it go; and Lord, what did I get myself into?”
HELP!” “ Baaaaaaaaaa! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”
“Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!”
At the very moment Mahleh screams for help, the roar of the lion overpowers the wolf, and he runs away with his tail in crouch, fearful that he himself would become the feast of the lion. Mahleh’s eyes are covered; regretting the choices he made and trembling in fear, he begins confessing his rebellion and asking God to forgive him and save him.
“O Lord, Mahleh cries out. “ I will listen to momma from now on, I will not runaway no more, I will stay close to the fold, I will behave and not rebel, save me from this wolf! O Lord, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.” (Psalm 51)
“Mahleh, you can uncover your eyes now. You’re ok, the wolf is gone; you can stop trembling and babbling on.” said Laish, as he tries to comfort the frightened little lamb.
Oh Laish, thank God you came; I almost became lamb chops! I’m ready; hurry lets go before he comes back with his friends. Not to say that we can’t handle them!”
“Mahleh, it’s dark now, get some rest; we will stay here tonight. Tomorrow we will begin a new journey. Is that what you wanted Mahleh?”
“Uh, well, I think I can wait until I am two or maybe three. On the other hand, maybe I will just stay in the pasture and never leave again. I learned my lesson now; I just want to go back to the pasture now, where I am safe under the care of the Shepherd.”
“Get some sleep Mahleh, said Laish, “we have a long journey ahead of us.”
“Laish, do you think maybe I could just lay my head close to your chest? I am not afraid or anything, I just miss my momma.”
“Yes, Mahleh, just get some sleep now, we have a long journey ahead of us.”
Exhausted, from his encounter with the wolf, Mahleh looks up at the sky and whispers a thank you to the Lord for saving him. He sees the sky lit up from the stars and a full moon. The shooting stars look like arrows shooting from the hand of a Mighty Warrior, who is God. He snuggles closely to Laish where he feels the warmth of his mane. He is safe now and falls asleep. (Isaiah 40:11)
Something to chew on:
1. Why did sudden darkness fall on Mahleh? I learned in my own circumstances that even though I did not outrightly tell a lie with my mouth, I convinced myself that whatever chioce I made that came out of self-righteous reasoning and logic; that was the lie. By believing the lie I convinced myself to believe, I chose to act on that, and that is what brought about darkness in my own heart.
2. Is it a lie when you convince yourself to do wrong when you know in your heart that it is not right? I knew in my heart that God does not condone____________________________
3. What is the outcome of a lie and why does everything seem different after we have lied? Read (Proverbs 26:28___________________________________
4. Does God forgive us when we do wrong? ____
5. How does God forgive us and cleanse us from doing it again? _________________________
6. Who gets hurt from our disobedience? (Proverbs 27:12) ______________________________________
7. What was Mahleh saying about Prayer? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________And why is Prayer so important? ___________________________________ ____________________________________________
8. Was it to late for Mahleh to turn back, even when he knew that God knows everything? (Proverb 28:13) ______________
What lesson did Mahleh learn from his encounter with the wolf? __________________________________