Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jesus Loves the Little Baby Squirrels

"Truly I say to you...
except ye become as little squirrels,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."

Squirrelady's Version

Almost everyone has heard some version of this quote... usually the one that refers to children. But what does it mean? What is it that squirrels and little children have in common? Innocence! Pure and simple! This quote just reminds us that if we want to live in joy and well being, we need to lighten up! When was the last time you just played? Little squirrels and children have no trouble playing all day long. Mostly what happens in our culture is that as children grow up into adults, they spend less and less time playing and more and more time working. That may be good for finances, but it's not necessarily that good for experiencing the joy of just being alive! The secret of squirrels is that they do not differentiate between work and play and therefore they are always enjoying each moment... just like little children.

Very few people realize that Jesus was really big on squirrels. That time his disciples witnessed him walking on water, they failed to mention that there was a little squirrel right next to him on water skies. Look closely at the photo below!

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt? Even this little squirrel at my feet has more faith than you."
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God and blessed is the little squirrel who accompanies you."
Matthew. 14:25-32

"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John.15:12

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