I know there are things about squirrels I should appreciate, but to be honest, they’re punks. I mean, try to spend a few moments out on the deck reading and see what happens. Recently I did, and as usual here they come with their endless chatter and “barking” at me for sitting in the area they consider theirs. As I listened, I thought, “You know, that reminds me of some people I know…” but then it happened. From the corner of my eye I noticed a hummingbird less than three feet away and I totally forgot the squirrels. Hummingbirds are amazing. Their flight, their movement, the special nature of encountering them, all speaks of God’s creative genius and I thought, “You know, that reminds me of some people I know…”
Here’s the deal, you’re probably going to encounter a “squirrel” today; perhaps a co-worker, a friend or a family member. It may even be a voice from the past still barking in your mind. Unfortunately you can’t use a BB gun on them (like I do sometimes with squirrels), but you can ignore them. Sure, they’ll still be doing squirrel impersonations, but somewhere around the edges of your life is a “hummingbird”. They’re the ones quietly going about their day with a quality and demeanor easily missed. It’s the person whose voice may not always be heard, but is full of Christlikeness. Take a minute to drop by their office or invite them to lunch and appreciate the way God has developed their character.
For the record, I formally apologize to all I’ve been a “squirrel” to and will try to knock-off the chatter. For those of you who are hummingbirds to me…I sincerely thank God for you. You’ve brought much insight about our Savior and the uniqueness of His creative genius!
“Buy the truth and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” – Proverbs 23:23
(originally posted 7/2014)