Our front yard is a sprawling Embassy Suites of squirrel-dom. Trees teem with their astonishing agility, races across branches, fearless leaps from one tree to another in a seamless trail, and swirling around the trunks in endless circles. It is amazing to observe their amazing antics and ability to live life considerably removed from the ground.
As I watch these wondrous creatures spiritual snippets race through my mind. For example, just as they live the majority of their existence “off the ground”, so should we. Although our feet are in full contact every day with the world, Our Lord shares that we are not to be “of the world”. Squirrels present us the challenging role model to reside in the celestial and spiritual habitat that God has designed for his children.
Another attribute of squirrels are their high metabolism which produce a constant appetite. They are never-ending nibblers, incessantly ingesting needed nutrition to feed their ever increasing energy level. They know where and what to dig for and devour. Our spiritual metabolism should be at this same level, with a desperate urge to fill ourselves with His Word. God promises that we will be filled to overflowing, yet will never become overweight in our spiritual knowledge. Likened to squirrels’ anxious appetites our consumption of God’s Word is an urgent and increasing need as we move through life.
Squirrels are natural “hoarders” permanently packing nuts away for the future, whether they be buried, placed in tree trunks, or tucked away in their puffy cheeks. Squirrels are always planning for a time of need. So should be our mentality—not one of self-sufficiency nor of satisfaction, but a mindset that we are continually preparing for our eternal heavenly citizenship one day. Our awareness that our actions will not “save us”, but that our “good works” will be revealed one day in heaven to determine our life’s legacy on earth.
The danger point for the squirrels are their fluffy, furry, beautiful tails which make them so appealing, as opposed to the revolting hairless tail of a rat. That tail makes all the difference in the world in their adorability, and also acts as a balancing rod for their frequent tree-to-tree acrobatics. I can’t help but think that any squirrel must be extremely proud of their tail and the balance and beauty that it represents in their life. Whatever our “tail” may be, we must be ready to surrender it to God and wholly depend upon him for all our needs. The beauty of God’s Spirit living in us should be the most satisfying aspect of our daily existence. “More of Him and less of us” living.
Squirrels are very nimble and quick, constantly alert for any lurking danger. They react in a less than a split second. Our adversary, the devil, seeking devour God’s children, moves even faster. Our Lord promises that at the moment we call upon him and he is there. When we resist the devil and call out to Jesus, the Evil One must retreat. A squirrel never disables his protective radar, and neither should we. Complacency opens the door to disaster, while dependency on Our Lord keeps us “in check”.
These are just a few profound spiritual lessons I acquired from the furry friends frequenting our front yard. Wherever we look in God’s creation, there is always a message left dangling for us to perceive. I hope that these observations struck a chord with you as well!
May the Lord bless you with His nest of security, elevate you to the spiritual heights to which he desires to transport you, and instill an insatiable appetite for the eternal nuggets of his wondrous wisdom.