Monday, May 22, 2000

Hebrews 10:22 – So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water. (GNB)

We went out for a walk one wonderful spring day. As we approached a tree, my two pre-school children spied a squirrel digging up the last of its winter stores. They thought it would be fun if they could catch it, but, of course, as soon as they got close, the squirrel scurried up the tree. They spent several minutes trying to chase it around the tree — the squirrel circling the top branches, and my children running around the trunk.

The faster they ran around the bottom of the tree, the faster the squirrel circled the top. A squirrel's main defensive tactic is always to put something between itself and danger. Instinct. Most times it works, but occasionally it doesn't.

Sometimes, we too are like that. We keep God at arm's length, afraid to approach Him. We find something to put between Him and ourselves: fears, sins, desires, our busy lives. It is a strange tactic, and, for us, it doesn't work.

Embracing Him, however, brings peace and joy.

What is your instinct saying to you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to put aside our "tree" and welcome You. Show us that the only way for us to survive is to embrace You. Amen.

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