Snow, Squirrels, and a Southern Pup: A Lesson on Understanding

At two years of age, my southern pup had limited experience with snow.  As Adi explored our property the morning after her first big winter storm, she saw the familiar coated in the unfamiliar.  Her nose had to dig under seven inches of snow to find everyday smells.  The wood pile that once seemed a natural part of the landscape was now a giant, white monster best avoided. 

Even the squirrels seemed different.  Their dark bodies easily seen against the white background were moving much slower than usual.  Curiously, Adi followed one to a tree.  Only this time he didn’t disappear without a trace in the abyss of the tree line.  As he jumped from branch to branch, large chunks of snow came crashing down around her, making squirrel sized holes in the snow.  Tentatively, she moved forward searching for what had fallen.  My pup’s head went from ground to sky and back again.  Her nose and eyes searching for answers and understanding.

Lately, I’ve been like my pup, staring at the changes in the world around me grappling to understand.  As I stood watching Adi, the Lord gently reminded me that my perspective is limited. Only He sees the entire picture. From where, I stand I have a choice. I can be like my Lab and try to figure it out on my own or look to Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” -Proverbs 2:6

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power;  His understanding has no limit.”  – Psalm 147:5

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