The Squirrel and Me

I have between one and four squirrels constantly in my yard. They hop over the grass and stand on their hind feet to look about. They are so cute. However, they still are rodents with a bushy tail. Sometimes I think they are smarter than I am. Let me explain:

  1. They can find nuts they hid months ago underground. Quite often I can’t find my keys.
  2. They are self-sufficient. Routinely I need to ask someone’s advice our help.
  3. They do not worry or fret about anything. Like any other human being, there are times I have concerns about family, friends, or specific issues that seem burdensome.
  4. Regardless of the temperature in the winter, they stay huddled in the house that they built high in the trees. You would not be surprised to hear me complain about it being too hot or too cold.
  5. They can jump onto a limb that is very fragile and scamper up to a bigger limb. If you are like me, taking a leap of faith can seem like a major project.
  6. They can walk across the top of a thin wooden fence without falling. Most people tried to walk on both sides of the fence and they frustrate themselves without specific allegiance.

The Bible says that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Another passage reports what Jesus said that a man cannot serve God and the devil at the same time. Ether we are loyal to one or loyal to the other. As far back as the Old Testament in the book of Psalms there is sound advice that says fret not. Again, Jesus said that it is useless to be anxious about anything because we rarely can accomplish what would make our worries go away. He reminded us that the lilies of the field in all her beauty are cared for by God meaning that God knows our needs and he watches over us.

It may seem that the squirrel is smarter than me. It may seem that I have major human faults. The superior difference is that we as humans have God to watch over us, especially in those areas where we are unable or unwilling to walk that fine line of the fence. We do have a fine line to walk. The Bible describes it as a narrow way versus a broad way.

Whenever you see a squirrel, give him his credit, but know that God is watching over you. Know that you are loved and part of God’s family.

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