The Squirrel Superhighway

Every day - and that is no exaggeration - we are privy to a funny scene at our house. Right off of our deck we have several large maple trees. Somewhere nearby - I'm not exactly sure where - we also have a nest or two of squirrels.

These squirrels are, as you can probably imagine, movers and shakers. They consider a day spent at home to be a day wasted. Or course, it's also probably a day without food, so I don't blame them there. In their quest to find food (often found at our birdfeeder but I try not to mind) and recreation, the squirrels use what we fondly call, The Squirrel Superhighway, which runs from one of the maple trees to another.

Do the trees touch?


But that doesn't stop the intrepid squirrels. They leap from tree to tree, sometimes barely making the jump, as if there is nothing easier in the world for them to do. And perhaps there isn't, come to think of it. I mean, that's how God made them, right, so they're just doing what comes naturally.

I am constantly amazed - though I suppose I shouldn't be by now - at their dexterity. Never have I seen one fall. NEVER. And we've lived here for almost eight years. They just go about their business, leaping and jumping and thinking nothing of it.

Kind of like the lame beggar healed by Peter and John in Acts chapter 3.

"And [Peter] took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him." Acts 3:7-10

I said "kind of like" but I think that the lame beggar probably was thinking A LOT of what had just happened as opposed to the squirrel's thoughtless leaping.

Isn't that story amazing? Don't you wish you could witness such a miracle? God, through Peter, instantly healed a man who could not walk and now he could leap and jump and do whatever things God called him to do.

Things that, perhaps, required the ability to leap and jump and praise God.

Kind of like those squirrels. They leap. They jump. And by so doing, they praise the God who made them to do those very things. Miraculously flying from tree to tree. And never falling. Not once.

God calls us all to do unique things for him. Possibly leaping and jumping. Possibly not. But whatever it is, he's got us. He's built us to do exactly whatever it is he's set on our path. On our Superhighway, as it may be. And he will be there to enable us to make those seemingly impossible leaps.

Trust in the Lord, my friends. Do the things he's called you to do. Take the leap.


Nancy Galland - May 29th, 2024 at 7:11pm

I loved watching squirrels when Lin used to feed them. They are fascinating. Thanks for reminding us to take a leap

- June 17th, 2024 at 1:51pm

Sometimes we need reminding, eh?