Issue 912 – Squirrel Stash – November 17, 2022
Why in the world would I take a photograph of a pile of random forest debris? The simple answer is that it isn’t random debris.
It is a squirrel stash, one of several in a very small area. Looking closely, you will see a massive pile of conifer cones and fungi. The picture doesn’t give anything to scale by, but the pile is roughly four feet long and almost two feet tall.
Some squirrel worked very diligently to gather their food source for the upcoming winter. That’s prudent squirrel behaviour.
It is wise to prepare for the future. Sometimes, we can fixate on things and get our focus out of kilter. There is a difference between prudence and hoarding.
We can be so concerned about keeping our assets “safe” that they become an idol in and of themselves.
Jesus admonished us,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” Matthew 6:19-24
While it is wise to be prudent, we must also trust God. We do not need to worry about our future.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34
It is okay to squirrel something away for a rainy day, but take care to do it for the right reasons and be mindful that it doesn’t become your focus. Our ultimate security is in the hands of the risen Lord. He will see us through whatever comes our way.
God is sovereign over all, and He is faithful. He knows what is best and will never abandon His children.
He will see us through in good times and bad, wealthy in worldly goods or destitute. Praise His faithful and holy name.
Hallelu Yah / Praise God
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