When I was growing up at the beginning of every month the very first thing that my mother would say would be “white rabbits”. It was also important to say it at the very beginning of a new year. Apparently, if it was the first thing that you said, it would bring you luck and good fortune for that month or year.
I really don’t know what the origin of this unusual saying is except to say that I bellieve that it has British roots. This I can believe because a lot of quirky things have come out of Britain. For example, how about toad in the hole, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak and eggs and chips? All of these are popular dishes in Britain. Actually I once had a landlady who made toad in the hole and it was quite good. Basically it is sausage cooked in Yorkshire pudding. You can’t eat too much of it, but it sure is good, especially if you are a sausage lover like me.
But back to the phrase white rabbits. It sure is an unusual saying isn’t it? We may laugh at saying this to be silly and superstitious, but don’t we all have our own little superstitions that we hold to? Do you have a pair of socks that you wear on certain occasions, or a pen you always take with you? Or maybe it is a certain little ritual that you do before embarking on something that is new or different from your regular routine?
All of the little rituals that we perform, all of the things that we carry, especially those things that we carry for good luck, are superstitious things.
Rather than relying on “charms” wouldn’t it be better to lean on the Lord? As we enter a new year and are actually through the gate, why don’t we strive harder in our walk with God, looking to Him for all good things. Then we can be free from superstition and live in faith, serving our God. And remember that white rabbits are just cute little bunnies, and that is all that they are.