Because of Christmas #3: Squirrels
There is nothing funnier than watching a squirrel discover a nut too big to handle. You see, for the past few months, I’ve developed a real taste for avocados cut up in my salads. Of course – what do you do with an avocado pit? At our house we throw it into the garden space with the rest of the scraps from our table and occasionally cover it with dirt or mulch or leaves. However, I have not seen a pit out there for longer than a day. I figured the squirrels had found them but never had proof – until today.
That squirrel was hilarious as He/she looked at the nut. Then looked up at the sky. Sat back on its hunches and looked at the sky again – almost as if it was saying, “Seriously? Oh – thank you, thank you, thank you.” Turning around a couple of times, it lifted pit up (now that in itself, surprised me. Those little boogers have some strength in those tiny arms) and tried to fit it in its mouth.
Okay – now I am laughing so hard, I almost can’t contain it, and I certainly didn’t want to scare him off with a few loud HO-HO-HO’s . If you could see our back deck, you would know that as I fought to contain Santa’s trademark laugh, the deck itself was shaking almost as much as I was (what can I say? Our back deck is a sad state of affairs).
Squirrel eventually gave up with trying to unhinge its jaw. Instead, he/she rolled and pushed it a few feet into the woods. After losing it a few times under the billions of leaves, it disappeared from my sight, but not my head. I kept chuckling all day, and every time I thought about it that image, the sharper the words began to take shape within me .
We are that squirrel. The phrase kept repeating itself all day. We love seeing that humongous avocado pit even if we haven’t the faintest idea how to eat it – imagining what it will taste like – or even -how in the world we will ever get it home.
“The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.”~Max Lucado (p27)
From the time we were little tiny beings running around in diapers, we knew how to bite the kid who was annoying – grab a toy out of our friend’s hands – steal a cookie when mama wasn’t looking – and lie about who did it when we were caught.
Whatever we call it, it is our problem and just like the avocado pit is a huge nut to swallow – those problems are often too big for us to handle without help. When Abba sent a tiny baby to a carpenter and a young girl, He had a plan.
“…you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”~Matt 1:21b
Jesus in the original Hebrew is Yeshua. Yeshua is just a short version of the word “Yehoshuah” which literally translates to “Yahweh (YHWH) saves”.
El Roi sees us as we are – just plain squirrely. Greedy little squirrels that want the whole nut to ourselves and from that first bite we took, He had a plan to fix the our squirrely human hearts.
Love us – even as we try to unhinge our jaws.
Love us – to the point of picking up the nut and carrying it for us.
Love us – and fill our hearts with His Grace.