Guest Post by Sydney Michalski: Psalm 50:10 and a Red Squirrel Nibbling a Leaf
“For all the animals of the forest are mine.” Psalm 50:10 (NIV)
God’s creatures know their seasons!
The sound of rustling leaves first alerted me to his presence. His head peeked out from behind a pale birch root and then disappeared again. More rustling. In a flash, he emerged into the frosty sunshine with a single golden leaf. He sniffed, nibbled, and cast it away. In three spritely bounds, he arrived at a new leaf pile and selected a new sample.
I watched this squirrel investigate leaf after leaf for some invisible qualities that only he could detect. Seems like there are nest-preparations on his mind!
The squirrel hasn’t looked at the calendar, so he doesn’t realize that these chilly mornings are a whole month late in arriving. He also hasn’t been listening to what forecasters predict is in store for us in the approaching El Niño winter. But he knows when it’s time to nibble seeds, when it’s time to gather them, and when it’s time to embark on the tireless search for the best leaves for his winter nest. Keep an eye on those squirrels – God’s creatures know their seasons!
Thank you Sydney, for the photo, verse and your thoughts. Sydney lives in Columbia, Maine, where she enjoys sharing photography and stories about moments of connection in nature and everyday life. You can see more of her work on her family’s website rivenjoiner.com ~ or subscribe to Moments, her free newsletter for weekly nature stories, at sydneymichalski.substack.com. The photo and devotion text are copyright © Sydney Michalski. You too can be guest photographer.