By Karen O’Connor:
Lessons From a Squirrel
I sat down on a bench in Lafayette Park, across from the White House in Washington, DC, eager to relax after a long walk, and to feast my eyes on the national treasure in front of me. But a fast-moving squirrel caught my attention as he scrambled up a tree, out on a limb, and then scampered down the other side and took refuge in the grass. Maybe to catch his breath? Although I was in the park to get a good view of the President’s house, I was instead, finding God while watching a squirrel––of all things.
I realized the little fellow was using the talents his Creator had given him. He could run, dart, crack a nut with this front paws, stash a supply of food for winter, and entertain those around him, as he dashed up a tree, using his keen eyesight and long nails and claws to guide him.
I had to admit I learned a few lessons from this bushy-tailed friend. He didn’t question himself or hold back from doing what he was put here to do. He just did it! Could the same be said for me or was I hesitating to accomplish certain things in my life? It was a point to consider.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace . . . (1 Peter 4:10 the Bible).
On another day I was distracted from eating while I sat by a window in a restaurant observing a determined squirrel poke his claws into a metal mesh bird feeder and help himself to the stash. Even though the feeder was hanging high above the ground on a metal pole, this hungry fellow somehow made his way to the side of the container and clung to it for dear life, anchoring his hind paws to the mesh while using front paws to poke and prod until he released the tasty seeds. He did not cease this hard work until his belly was full and the supply of seeds was depleted. The birds in the area would be in for a surprise when they came to feed.
Who knew, certainly not I, that two determined animals would teach me a life lesson as I sat there finding God while watching a squirrel?
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Matt. 25:29).
Enjoy this fascinating YouTube video featuring five fun facts about squirrels. At the end of the video click on the photos for more detailed information.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook, or follow on Twitter @karenoconnor .