Friday, June 10, 2011

The Spiritual Lessons of Squirrels

I missed not posting yesterday.  Vacation schedules are hard to plan around sometimes and yesterday was a day of traveling.  It was 2 plane rides to a 3 legged road trip and all in one day.  I woke up at 3:30am New Jersey time and finally went to sleet at 11:30pm Arizona time.  Today my wife and I toured around the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and I just have a couple of quick observations I made today.

First let us talk about squirrels.  They are one of the many creatures roaming around the canyon.  I think today we met Hammy (if you do not read Over the Hedge you have no idea what I meant, sorry).  This squirrel put on a show.  He jumped around, laid flat on his stomach over the edge of an enormously tall cliff, then approached his audience almost as if to bow and accept his accolades.  One gentleman, in violation of the law mind you, rewarded said squirrel with the pretzel.  Our little friend stood right by us eating it while we all surrounded him as though we were the Paparazzi around the newest celebrity.  The seemingly innocent act of feeding this seemingly harmless squirrel was actually rather dangerous.  Squirrels, after losing their natural fear of humans, can very well lash out and attack one.  Furthermore, they may be carriers of such diseases as Plague and Rabies. 

Where is the spiritual lesson in the squirrel?  We need to be careful to not judge things on how they appear.  Sometimes we tend to think as one sin as being lesser than the other.  The truth is that they are all just as important as one another to God.  We should never confuse God's grace in giving us time to repent as God's acceptance of what we do wrong.  We seem to think that we get away with things when it comes to God.  We may think that God does not really care that much about what we do.  We may think that since others do "worse" then we are still doing pretty good.  What we do not know is that by hardening our hearts against God we are not allowing the Holy Spirit to do its convicting work inside our hearts.  When we begin to become accepting of our own sin, we are in real danger.  All sin is wrought with earthly danger even if we are secure in our eternal position (but we must also understand that a desire to live continuously in sin is a sign that we are not saved).   And just like that innocent act of feeding that innocent squirrel can lead to consequences down the line, so can our sin. 

Sin to us becomes just like that squirrel.  If dazzles us with its tricks and makes us want to be a part of it.  Sin will make itself appear harmless and fun and in return we feed it.  We feed that temptation every time we give into it.  The squirrel naturally fears men and will flee if it feels threatened.  Satan also will naturally flee a Christan who resists him.  Satan will not flee a Christian who gives right into them.  And, finally, just as that squirrel seems friendly and harmless, there are terrible dangers that lurk inside.  Such is the same with sin.  We think that what we do is innocent and fun, but little do we know what lies beneath.  Sin, even so-called innocent and harmless ones, can do great harm to our lives and erode any relationship we might have been growing with God.

For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth [is] smoother than oil; But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell. Proverbs 5:3-5 NKJV

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