Lessons from my least favorite vermin
My lawn boasts a squirrel feeder, a.k.a., an apple tree. Each year we watch in anticipation as hundreds of stunning flowers bloom, each representing an as-yet-to-be-formed apple we will never get to taste. It’s like watching someone lay out a five-star meal while you’re fasting.
Without fail, the tree is stripped bare by an army of squirrels before the apples ever fully ripen. So despite the fact that I have my very own highly productive apple tree, each year I find myself picking apples from the local farm.
It’s annoying to pay for something which I should be able to get for free. But, I can’t help but be a little awestruck and marvel at God’s design.
To my knowledge, the squirrels have never (yet?) hacked into my wireless network in order to access the latest forecast, nor do they have a calendar from the bank hanging somewhere on a tree.
The sun is bright. The trees are green. The air is sweltering.
Yet they know that summer won’t last forever. They know their very survival rests on how well they prepare for the long dark nights of winter.
I can learn a thing or two from these sworn enemies. They prep for hard times during the good times.
In our nearly two decades of marriage, my wife and I have learned frostcan come with life’s changing seasons: lost employment. Emotional distance. So how can I prepare our marriage for the inevitable chill?
I can start by loving my wife the way Christ loves me—extravagantly. By loving her well—serving her, dating her, reminding her why she said yes to marrying me in the first place—I can store up a deep well of goodwill.
And hopefully, much like the summertime work of a herd of squirrels, it will sustain us through the chilly nights of a marital winter.
Need help “loving extravagantly”? Read on for tips on writing a love letter.
The good stuff: Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)
Action points: Think back to when you first started dating. Make a list of the creative ways that you have shown love to your spouse. Pick one way and do it each day for the next week.
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