Monday, November 28, 2011

Could It Be Alvin?

Monday Musings on This ‘N That

I’d seen him many times. He got around with deft agility. And did he move fast. I thought he was the only one around. I’d watch him move from one safe spot to another and then he’d disappear into a small hole near the deck steps. His name could have been Alvin because he was a chipmunk. (No, that's not my hand.)

Alvin?

Then one day I saw him scampering in my yard and he had a friend with him—another chipmunk. The real Alvin on screen had two buddies. I wondered if my Alvin had more than this one buddy. I’ve only seen two of them together at the same  time. Of course they could be twins—the stripes on their backs are identical. I know they are in the rodent family, but they really are cute.

At my kitchen window one day I saw a sizable cat with a chipmunk in its mouth. I hurried outside screaming at the mean cat and waving my arms. I suppose I was scary enough that the cat froze and his mouth dropped open. The unharmed chipmunk plopped to the ground and dashed away to safety.

We also have squirrels scooting around in our trees. And stray dogs and cats. And sometimes a snake (see my November 7 blog post). I’ve often thought where all these little creatures go when it gets really cold. Another puzzle to me is how birds in trees survive strong winds.

Jesus says He takes care of the birds and flowers and we are much more valuable to Him (Luke 12:22-28 NIV). You know how I feel about worrying. In these Bible verses Jesus admonishes us not to worry because doing so cannot add one hour to our life. Watching the little chipmunks in their hustle and bustle reminds me of these verses and makes me smile to know Jesus takes care of their necessities and also mine.

How do those little bird feet hang onto the tree limb when the winds come?


Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! –Luke 12:24 NIV


Till next time … keep on smiling.

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