Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Who Told The Squirrels?

As I was talking our dog, Sparrow, out for a walk yesterday morning, I heard rustling in the oak tree branches above my head.  The sound was significant enough for me to look up to see what was causing it.  My eyes caught a squirrel scurrying from his nest out on the limb to pluck a small branch of leaves and carry it back to his nest.  Then I noticed that he had a partner helping him.

Walking a little down the sidewalk, I spied another squirrel, whose nest is in a pine tree, doing the same thing.  He would leave his nest which was far out on the edge of the limb overhanging the street, and run from the pine tree to the branches of the nearby oak tree.  He would choose the branch he wanted and run back to his nest.  I was enthralled watching these little creatures padding their nests.  They must have been entralled as well, because usually when Sparrow and I make a visit outside, these little guys run up the tree and disappear.  This time, I don't even think they noticed us.

When I relayed the story to my husband, his first reaction was, "I wish they wouldn't pluck branches off my oak tree."  But I replied that it was God who told them to do it, so it was probably good for the tree as well.

The point is, God placed it in the minds, the hearts, the very being of these little furry creatures to do this.  They can't NOT do it, because it is their nature, their instinct, what they were made to do.

Just as the squirrels were created to act and be as they are, when we have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are become new creatures, the old cast away.  We are to act and live and be by faith what the Lord has newly created us to be, His sons and daughters.  We are to walk by faith believing that tremendous work our Lord has done in us.  We were created in our new-birth to do this.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

And that ye put on the new man, 
which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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