Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
If you are a regular follower of Meditations of My Heart, you've been introduced to Stumpy, aka David, in this previous post. I hope my new readers will take a moment to visit this offering before plunging into this one, but if not, here's a short recap: Stumpy is a squirrel, who is, sadly, missing most of his tail. He is rather shy and reclusive; we are fortunate to spot him at all in our yard, let alone get a photo. And it seems he will visit the ground beneath our sunflower seed-filled bird feeders only when all the other squirrels are napping, so his presence goes unnoticed. He is, as it were, an outcast, and seems painfully aware of his place in the pecking order in the fiefdom of squirrels.
But when my MIL ventures onto our deck several days ago for some fresh air, she spies Stumpy beneath the bird feeders, seeking seeds like any normal squirrel. When a full-tailed squirrel decides to vie for his territory, Stumpy doesn't sound the usual retreat as he does in this photo:
Glomming onto the nearest tree trunk, holding Ninja still, he reminds me of the toddler who covers her eyes in front of her family, and declares, "You can't see me!"
No! This time, Stumpy challenges his would-be bully, not once, but twice, successfully chasing off his potential oppressor!
Where did he get the courage? The fortitude? When did he realize that he has the same rights as his long-tailed brothers and sisters to share in the generous feast we provide?
Some questions in life will always go unanswered, won't they? I'm just so overjoyed to know that Stumpy now stands up for himself, boldly and unequivocally, no longer on the outs with his kind, and confident that he has every right to belong in the niche God has provided.
And you, too, my friends, have every right to belong in your niche - that of a treasured and beloved child of God. Don't let the enemy tell you otherwise. When fearful or discouraging thoughts cloud your mind, remember what God has commanded: Be strong and courageous!
For God is with us, wherever we go.
Because of upcoming events these next two weeks, I will be taking a break from blogging for the time being. Should have lots of news and photos to share with you when I return, so stay tuned and enjoy your summer! Love and blessings!