The Red Squirrel

February 25, 2009
by David Leggatt

Matthew 25:35a – For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink. (NKJV)

Each day, we put out six or seven peanuts, in the shell, on our deck railing for the blue jays, as well as the feed in the bird feeders in the backyard. But there is also a red squirrel which regularly visits our bird feeders. It is always fun to watch and see which one gets to the peanuts first: the blue jay or the red squirrel. Lately, I have been putting peanuts on two different railings so they can both have a few.

One recent morning, I went to feed the birds. Then I sat at the patio window to watch them. The blue jay arrived first, took a peanut, and then flew off into the cedar hedge at the edge of our property. The red squirrel wasn't far behind; he grabbed a peanut and then headed out.

Perhaps the blue jay saw this sneak thief stealing its peanuts, but when it came back, it started to shell and eat the peanuts right there. Shortly after, I saw the red squirrel slinking along the deck railings, trying to sneak up on the blue jay so as to get another peanut. The blue jay actually drove it off.

This made me think about the way the evil one often tries to sneak up on us and steal God's good blessings away from us. God gives us these blessings for our joy and use. He does not want sin to creep in and steal what He has given.

If we are bold enough to ask God to protect us from temptation and from losing His blessing, He will answer and drive the tempter away from us. This will leave us free to enjoy the riches He has so freely given.

James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NKJV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the many blessings You give to us each day. Help us to turn to You to give us strength to drive off the sin which would diminish these blessings. We also ask You to help us to share these blessings with all, be they animal or human. Amen.

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David Leggatt <leggattd@gmail.com>
Wiarton, Ontario, Canada

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