“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to [Lord of the Rings]. Going out of your door can sometimes be dangerous and at other times it can be fascinating.
Rainbow Park is one of my favorite Prince George places. On one of my walks in the park I saw an unusual event; at least one that I had never seen before. A large crow was trying to “take out” a tiny squirrel. The squirrel found itself in the open with the crow chasing after it. The squirrel was darting across the grass just ahead of the crow which was awkwardly pecking and flapping along behind it. The squirrel reached the shelter of a clump of trees and immediately scurried up the nearest tree. Here the squirrel had the distinct advantage. The crow continued to harry the squirrel among the branches but it was at an obvious disadvantage as the squirrel used the branches and the trunks of the trees to evade him. The crow tried many times to get the squirrel to run down out of the trees but to no avail. Finally, after about 5+ minutes the crow gave up and flew off.
The natural things speak of the invisible… As I sat there trying to absorb what I saw I felt that there was something to be learned from the “parable” that had just unfolded before my eyes. I want to offer up the following interpretation for your consideration:
1. The crow represents the enemy, the evil one and his forces.
2. The squirrel represents the believer.
3. In our own strength, power on power, we are no match for the forces of darkness.
4. We must be in the place of safety [the trees for the squirrel], where, despite all the enemy’s efforts he cannot touch us. Proverbs 18:10: The Name of the Lord is a strong tower…
5. As long as we remain in that place of safety [ Psalm 91], we are kept safe. The enemy wants us to use our own efforts to escape him but our confidence must be in the Lord.
I have included a clip of my song “Secret Place”.
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