The lesson of the Squirrel
Recently while driving down a two lane highway, a squirrel taught me a lesson...it was a lesson that cost him everything.
As I drove in my lane around a curve, I noticed a squirrel that had hopped across the dotted line from my lane into the oncoming lane and was just a hop from safety....but he stopped when he saw me coming (eventhough I wasn’t in his lane) and he even jumped up and made himself face back in the direction he came from. Toward my lane! “Oh no!” I breathed.
That’s when I started blowing my horn in hopes of scarring him back into the direction of safety. It looked like it was going to work when I noticed a car coming from the opposite direction and it was almost to him. I kept blowing my horn.
I looked in my rear view mirror and now saw two cars coming from behind me at a fast pace. My heart was really pumping as all this unfolded in seconds.
Thankfully I went past the squirrel without harming him. That’s when he was finally galvanized to action.
He darted back and forth a couple of times then zoomed right into the path of the two cars behind me. Thump!
I let out a yell in my car and pounded the steering wheel as I watched his violent death in my rear view mirror.
I spoke out loud unrestrained...”Why, Lord?! Why?! Such a waste! He could have easily gotten across the road safely...no problem!!!”
I had tried to help save his life and had failed. I felt terrible.
Then, in my heart I heard the still small voice...”the lesson of the squirrel”.
And I saw the numbers 1 and 2.
“ok, the lesson has two parts....” I said.
By the number 1 I saw the word, “aware” and I knew this to mean, “be aware of what is going on around you”.
By the number 2 I saw the word, “decisive”and I knew this to mean, “give yourself 100% to the direction you discern I’m leading and then get moving (don’t hesitate)!”
It was a lesson that came with power.