Hank and the Raisin

Hank has been a plethora of inspiration to me.  Here’s another “Hank.”

A light bulb moment occurred yesterday.  Hank is a hamster.  Hamsters are rodents.  To catch a rodent, bait the trap with cheese (which they seem to steal without being caught) peanut butter, or raisins.  I wondered then, if Hank might like a raisin treat.  Walnuts are expensive.

Raisins can be found on my cupboard shelves almost anytime because I happen to use them often in my oatmeal.  Hank readily stopped on his exercise wheel when he smelled the raisin.  He took it from my fingers, placed the raisin in his tiny little “hands” and sat upright to gobble this wonderful delight.

The raisin, so small between my fingers looked enormous in his little hands.  Our problems look so big to us, but to God—just a little as that raisin in Hank’s little paws!  That was one observation.  I liked its application.  The next application was not as palatable.  Hand liked his heavy load.  I don’t like a heavy load as much.  Yet, if every problem were a sweet treat at the hands of the Master, we might look at it differently.  Those problems shape our spiritual being.  They even become lessons to onlookers!

So, Hank, yet again, has taught me a life-lesson.

I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.”  All—not just the big cares—all—not selective cares—ALL—and let Jesus solve the problems.  It might be a sweet treat after all.





  1. Glenda

    I can just see your little Hank with that HUGE raisin! And yet, he was not intimidated, nor did he just try to take a little bit at a time; he nibbled on the whole thing until it was gone! Thank you for another great Hank lesson! I’m enjoying him as much as you are, I think, but I don’t have the caretaking to do with him! 🙂

  2. I will not soon forget Hank and the raisin 🙂

  3. I love Hank Stories!!!!! Now, I’m going to get my first Cuppa Coffee for this wonderful day the Good Lord has given me…. Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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