• Joey Turner

Sometimes We Act Like a Nut


I am writing this blog today sitting in my sunroom. You know, it has been a long time since I have ventured out to this sun drenched part of my home. Why? I really do not know. There are a lot of things to see from my vantage point today.

I have watched the neighbors come and go five or six times from their home, I have listened to bantering crows in the trees overhead, and I have taken in the warmth of the bright sunshine. This is really a great place and I do not know why it has taken me so long to get out here.

However, with all the things to see and hear, there is really one thing that has caught my eye. I have been watching a squirrel. These animals are really interesting to me. They scurry about digging up the acorns they buried in the fall season. They remember exactly where they placed it and they make there way to the exact spot.

It seems as though the one I am watching has a strategic plan. He does not want anyone else to know where he hid his prize. He is bantering back and forth and he sits up and surveys the landscape before he scampers a little more. He zigs and he zags as if he is trying to confuse those who may be entertaining the thought of taking his acorn.

Suddenly, he goes down and begins to frantically dig and from the ground he pulls up the nut, which he stuffs in his cheeks. He then is off to find another one. I am taken in by this squirrels ability to remember the exact spot of his prize. This animal simply amazes me. As I sit here and view creation, how could anyone say it is not wonderfully made? However, it seems there are some who say everything happened by chance and it didn’t really require the handiwork of a Creator.

David gets pretty straight to the point in Psalm 14. He definitely does not beat around the bush. He begins by saying, “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!” “Fool” defined is a person who acts unwisely, or imprudently. Some synonyms would be idiot, blockhead, ignoramus, moron, etc. You get the picture.

David is very blunt when he defines those who say there is no God. He evens says, God seeks through the human race to find someone who seeks Him. Here is what he says, “The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!”

What does that say about us? We are a mess! We can all be fools at times. We may not spout out to others, as some do, by saying there is no God. But in our actions sometimes, do we not say it? We try and take our lives into our own hands. We pray and sometimes tell God how He can fix our problems. I know I have been guilty of this.

I have said, “Lord, thank You for being God. Thank You for all of Your blessings on my family and I. I want You to know that I am really going through a difficult time. So, if You would come and fix everything, I would appreciate it. I know You have the power to do so. I know You want to. So God, please come and make everything right. You can do it! Thank You, Amen.” I just told God He could fix what was going on in my life. Can He? Yes. Does He have to? No. When He doesn’t, does that mean He does not love me? No. He loves me when He leads me through the tough times and all I have is Him.

You know, the squirrel I am watching today knows he has the acorns he buried. I have not ever watched a frantic and stressed out squirrel scurrying through my backyard asking itself what it was going to do next. He patiently digs and finds the acorns he once buried. He trusts in his Creator. Do I handle things like the squirrel in my life?

As a messed up person, sometimes I forget the fact that my Heavenly Father is also The Creator. I act like a fool. He is God. He is in control and He knows how to lead my life. He constantly has to remind me He is in control of everything. He is the Master Artist and I must give up so that He can paint a beautiful picture of my life.

No offense to the squirrel population, but their brain is smaller than the acorn they are digging up. But what does that say about me? What does that say about us? I know I worry and I stress out at times. I forget my Creator is watching over me and I frantically scurry around in life wondering if God, remembers me.

I must always remember to be like the squirrel. He knows he is taken care of and I should definitely know this in my life as well. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am unique. God loves the squirrels, but how much more does He love me? How much more does He love you? A whole lot. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Today, sitting here in my sunroom, I know God is taking care of me. I am not going to be a fool! I am going to trust in Him. “Lord, I bow myself to You. I know I forget that You are God. I forget the love that You have for me. Please forgive me when I give You instructions on how You should deal with the difficult situations in my life. Lord, please give me the strength to fight and the courage to continue serving You. Help me not to worry and stress. You are Creator and You know everything about me. You know my good points and my bad, yet You still love me. Lord, may You receive glory in my life today. Amen.”


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