When a friend asked me yesterday if I would write a message about a baby squirrel that landed in her wildlife rescue organization, I responded quickly in the flesh with the intention of justifying why of course there was no way I would feature her new little rescue squirrel in my writing. After all, this ministry is all about the Lord Jesus Christ. And, even where my handicapped ministry dogs are concerned, it’s all about the Lord and telling the world about Him. Thankfully, the Lord got a hold of me quickly and led me to tell my friend I would wait on the Lord and see what He had to say about it. Less than an hour or so later, the message was done.
The message the Lord had given me! I hope you are as encouraged reading it as I was in writing it. I confess to you I am still struggling greatly with the recent tragic loss of my beloved paralyzed ministry dog Mr. Simeon combined with some other challenges, and I thank the Lord each and every day through it all He is bringing me wonderful blessings most importantly a closer-than-ever relationship with Himself and ongoing opportunities even in the midst of my sadness to love and glorify Him and tell the world about Him! Please enjoy today’s message below, and I hope if you haven’t already that you’ll watch my latest Video Devotionals by clicking on the Video Devotionals image below.
love & blessings,
The JOYFUL Baby Squirrel Story
When I noticed a family on the sandy pathway to the beach helping a baby squirrel all by her lonesome, I knew just whom to call. My wildlife rescue buddy who loves, loves, loves squirrels. I made the call and was immediately met with her request that I send a photograph and get involved with the rescue. I quickly explained I had paralyzed ministry dog Miss Mercy in her wheelchair with me close to overheating. No, I couldn’t help. But the family already involved with the baby squirrel didn’t hesitate to help. I took off with Miss Mercy, and not long afterward I received an update that the baby squirrel had been rescued and was loved, safe & sound, and cared for in my friend’s home already filled with plenty of other little animals the Lord had so graciously brought into her life to care for.
Know what stood out to me more than anything in retrospect considering the little squirrel? My friend remarked that the baby squirrel put up no resistance whatsoever to being rescued and taken into her loving care. She immediately accepted the human hands reaching out to hold her and transport her. She even seemed to enjoy the love and kindness and prospect of a new home. My friend said due to her background, the baby squirrel didn’t know any better than to accept the love of the people who rescued her.
Friend, when the Lord God almighty desires to love and rescue us, to save us and set us free, to offer us everlasting life with Him through repentance and believing in Jesus Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, through turning from our sins and genuinely committing our hearts and lives to Him, why don’t we do as that little squirrel did? Why don’t we thankfully, blessedly, humbly accept what the Lord offers us not just in the way of a random new home but instead in the way of forever life with Him on this earth and one day in the greatest home of all – heaven? Why do we resist His rescue? His salvation? And why even for those of us who already believe in and follow Jesus as Lord, do we sometimes find ourselves resisting and even rejecting and sometimes even running away from His love, healing, mercy, grace, kindness, comfort, compassion, wisdom, fellowship, etc.?
Truth is we in our humanness for whatever reasons we have, whether because we have been hurt and broken and wounded by other humans, because of pride and shame, because we would rather hold onto our sin than surrender ourselves to the Lord and to living for Him and no longer for ourselves, because of fear and worry that our needs won’t be met, whatever the reasons we might have, we are foolish not to simply humble ourselves and surrender and receive all the Lord has for us.
That baby squirrel was no fool. She recognized love and goodness and kindness and care and compassion and readily received all that was offered to her.
If you have been resisting turning from your sins, believing in Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, and once and for all committing your heart and life to the Lord and His ways, or if you have already done so but are standing at a distance from the Lord and intimacy with Him and knowing and receiving and enjoying and then sharing with others the fulness of the Lord’s love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, hope, joy, wisdom, peace, physical and spiritual provision, etc., please surrender now. Please surrender entirely. Please give yourself entirely to the Lord. Become wholly His. Don’t wait another moment.
Repent, turn, turn, turn to the Lord and place yourself entirely in the hands of God almighty. Live no longer for yourself according to the world’s ways. Live henceforth for Christ according to His ways. Come into His forever family and into deep, deep, ever-deepening fellowship and intimacy with the Lord just as the baby squirrel surrendered herself to her rescuers and to being rescued. She didn’t resist the human love offered her. Nor should we resist the greatest love in the universe being offered to us. Neither should we reject Jesus and all He has for us. Come into His fold. Come into His hold. Come now. Come for always. Be His forevermore, AMEN!
p.s. My friend said I could name the baby squirrel. Know what I remember about her? How joyfully she climbed into the hands of her rescuer. JOYFUL shall her name be. And may we be joyful as we climb into the hands and come into the fold and rest in the hold of almighty God! AMEN! Hallelujah, yes, AMEN! Praise the Lord!
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons [also child per Strong’s concordance]of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” John 1:12
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalms 150:6