How many times have you seen a squirrel, and never noticed how interesting they are?
We have a poofy cute squirrel who lives in the tree in front of our neighbor’s yard. After spending quite a while observing him/her over the past several weeks, i realized there are a few good lessons we can learn from squirrels.
1. Keep your eyes on the task you have to complete.
Squirrels don’t just scamper around without a purpose. They know their to-do lists, and do them. Nothing else. They don’t pretend to be dogs, cats or birds but act like the squirrels they are.
2. Be aware of your surroundings.
Make sure you know where your place of safety is at all times. I have noticed that most squirrels don’t tend to roam a very big territory and are constantly on alert keeping an eye out for danger, always having an escape route should they need it. Ever notice when it feels threatened, a squirrel moves to the opposite side of the tree and then usually really high up its branches before it looks at you again? It trusts its instincts when they tell it to run.
3. Keep hidden things safe.
Not everybody needs to know all your business, such as where your nest is, or how much you have stockpiled for winter.
So what can we take away from these three squirrelly lessons?
1. Be who God made you to be, and follow His design for your life.
If you know that you know you are meant to do something, then don’t settle for less than what He has for you. Once you know what that is, keep focused on your goals. This devotional by Rick Warren may help you on that path of discovery:
God Made You for a Purpose
2. Always be aware of your surroundings.
When distractions try to lure you, or the enemy pursues you, know where to run for safety. God is our refuge 100%. At all times, everywhere we go, every day. Keeping close to Him helps us hear His guidance when we need to make a turn or avoid a pitfall. If He tells you to go, then do so.
God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need Him.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up.
1 Peter 5:8
3. Be mindful of your business.
By business, I mean your personal life. Not everybody needs to know how so and so wounded you, or how many times your teenager comes home late…. Keep your need to know list appropriate for the situation. If you need help, reach out to wise and godly counsel for direction. Make sure you know your circles of support (ie. trusted friends, family, pastors, small group leaders, mentors or coworkers) and ask God for discernment about when & what to speak. If someone is not a believer, they may not be the best person to turn to for godly advice. They may actually cause harm to you and add more unnecessary stress to the situation. Keep your business as need to know, so not everybody knows.
Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get.
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
Squirrels, and all of God’s creatures, have an innate sense of their purpose. When we lost our way in the Garden, we lost that ability to clearly hear God’s voice and walk with Him as we once did. Spending time with Him daily, reading His Word, listening to Spirit speak to us, and being obedient to follow as He leads are an important step to regaining our purpose. Allow God to birth His purpose for you, for:
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.