This is the tree right outside of my office window. Every summer afternoon when done taunting the dog and chasing other squirrels, this squirrel would plop down in exhaustion for her nap. I loved looking out my window and seeing this view.
She hasn't been relaxing as of late though. Instead, she's been preparing. Getting her home ready for the upcoming changes in weather that God has given her the instinct to know. Watching her makes me tired. She runs up and down the tree and always coming back with her mouth stuffed with something she found on the ground.
Her winter home is in the corner of the garage roof. There is a hole there and to get home she has to jump off the top of her resting place branch onto the top of the garage, then she rolls herself off of the edge of the shingles into the hole. It's very entertaining to watch.
Watching her getting ready for the upcoming winter has really made me think of the Proverbs 31 woman. Everyday she scurries around gathering leaves and branches in her mouth and making her home warm and protected. During the fall season she stays very busy and is never lazy like she is in the summer time. She does take time to rest, but only after she gathers what she needs for her home.
As women, whether we are married or single our home says alot about who we are. I can tell you over the computer what an organized person I am, but if you were in my home right now you would see that I would be lying. I could tell you how I keep my home spotless, yet if you were in my house looking around you'd know that housecleaning is one of my weakness'. My home speaks louder than my voice does because it truly represents me.
Are we prepared for the changes that come our way? Like the seasons change we also experience changes in our lives. Are we prepared, is our hearts prepared for anything that may be approved by God to hit us? Take a look around your home and I bet you'll have your answer.
I need to be more like how the squirrel is in the fall versus how the squirrel is in the summer. I need to prepare by consistently staying in fellowship with Jesus. I don't want to return from time with Him with emptiness, instead I need to have a mouth full of His Word, just like the squirrel returns with leaves hanging out of her mouth.