On our five acres, we have an abundance of trees in which the squirrels love to play. They are the natural acrobats of God's creation leaping from place to place with no fear and a great deal of ease. I love watching them every morning play outside our bathroom patio doors. Two trees are in close proximity so our squirrel friends run across our roof, drop onto our fence and then leap into the tree. Occasionally, they will sit on our fence for a time while enjoying a nut. Their agility and speed amazes me. However, there are occasions when they do make a misstep.
One day, my husband and I were in our pool relaxing when we glanced over at a nearby tree where several squirrels were chasing one another. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a squirrel leap and miss the tree he was aiming for. We heard a thud on the ground as he fell. There was silence for a moment as the stunned squirrel lay on the ground, Then, quick as a wink, he jumped up and ran up the nearest tree once again. I thought it was surprising that the squirrel survived the fall from high up, but they are resilient creatures. Then I wondered. Are we as resilient as the squirrels when we fall? As believers, we should be.
Now, when we fall (and we all still do), we are able through confession and repentance to be restored in fellowship with God. Like the squirrel that hit the ground so hard, we are able to get up and move on in our walk. We are not permanently down for the count. This is why David was able to pen these words: "The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand" (Psalm 37:23-24). It is a blessing to know that we have an advocate, an attorney who argues our case before God the Father - even our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the reason we can survive a fall just like that squirrel. If we are willing to repent of our sins and not rationalize them, He will restore to us the joy of our salvation and give us the strength to resist temptation. Selah!