1 Samuel 16:7
But God told Samuel, "Looks aren't everything. Don't be impressed with his looks and stature. I've already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart."
We are accustomed to seeing fat, sleek squirrels in our forested back yard. Their health and energy, I believe, is directly related to the sunflower seed offerings we generously provide for them beneath the squirrel-buster bird feeders. Witnessing their frolicking through the trees, chasing one another about on the ground, and devouring the seeds grant us endless hours of amusement and joy at the wonder of God's creation.
Several weeks ago, however, as I observe the squirrels' give and take beneath the bird feeders, I notice something completely out of the norm. I can't believe my eyes! Can it possibly be? Do I need the binoculars to confirm? No! There it is! A squirrel with only half a tail!!!
I'm too confounded at the moment to grab my camera. But I watch how the other squirrels break from their feasting to chase this 'different' squirrel away from their table. They show no mercy, whatsoever. And as if this little guy, who is given the accurate, if politically incorrect moniker, "Stumpy," by my husband, Danny, has done anything to deserve such treatment.
Born with an incomplete tail, it seems, Stumpy is doomed to be ostracized by his fellow squirrels, and excluded from their squirrel games. I don't think Racer would approve of this shameful shunning one bit!
Amazingly, Stumpy makes a courageous dash for the squirrel table a few days ago, and God gives me the opportunity to snap these photos using my zoom lens. How grateful I am for this!
Even without a proper tail, Stumpy is a handsome fellow, wouldn't you agree?
God tells us plainly that He doesn't look at the face, or in this case, the tail. He looks into the heart.
Too often, we are put off by those who appear different; they don't look like us, dress like us, talk like us, and they certainly don't meet our expectations. What an easy excuse this is to not regard them with respect, to show them love and kindness, to give them the honor due them as God's beloved children.
Let us resolve then, brothers and sisters, not to be impressed by a person's looks or status or stature, but with spiritual binoculars, see him or her as God sees.
God helped Samuel to choose David, the "least" of his brothers, as King of Israel. In light of this, I choose to rename Stumpy, "David."
Could this little squirrel have a better name? I think not.
Because looks aren't everything.
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