One of the things that I love so much about my mountain home is how close we live to nature.
The deer, the bobcats, the hawks, the squirrels, the blue jays, the woodpeckers – the rattlesnakes and lizards…(uh, not so much).
But, my favorite creatures are the chipmunks.
And starting a couple of months ago, I have had a steady visitor.
It began with a visit from Mom Munk, and three of her precious offspring. I so enjoyed watching them scamper all over the backyard. (We have this one picture window that looks out on the valley, and it has become my *television* for the natural world).
Well, after a couple of weeks, I only saw the three *teenagers* coming by to visit.
And now, it is just one guy – whom I have named (naturally) – Chippie the Munk.
He usually comes out in the late afternoon – around 4 or 5. Some days, though, he mixes it up and shows up in the middle of the day.
I love watching him.
He scurries all over. Sometimes he's digging up food in the dirt. Sometimes he's running all over a tree stump. Sometimes he's gnawing at something – probably trying to keep those incisors in check!
Then, after a while, he runs over to a cement landing we have outside one of our doors, and makes a flying leap to the nearby tree. This is the part that completely cracks me up! It's about a 3-foot jump – and Chippie looks hysterical flying through the air!
I think he's channeling his inner "Rocky, the Flying Squirrel."
I wonder where he is during the day – I wonder where he goes at night.
He sure is cute, and I've become rather attached to him. I actually worried about him during the recent wildfire we had up here. Would he still be here when we got home? Yup, he is.
One day as I sat watching him, I got to thinking about creation. About all the wonderful things that God has created. Especially the animals. I am so intrigued by their variations, and the way they develop physically to help them adapt to the environment. I am fascinated by their habits, and their instincts. I can sit enthralled wondering what they're thinking and feeling.
How each creature is unique.
(For instance, I just learned last week that a dog's noseprint is as unique as a human's fingerprint! Yup, no two are alike. Did you know that??)
All created for God's glory.
God knows each individual creature that He made. Every single one. He knows where they are during the day, and He knows where they sleep at night. He gave them their unique coloring, and abilities, and adaptations, and instincts. He created them…
JUST. THE. WAY. THEY. WERE. MEANT. TO. BE.
So, if God is such a perfect Creator – and He knows His creation intimately – how come I have such trouble with ME?
I can't tell you the many times that I have bemoaned the way I am.
If it isn't physical stuff, then it's emotional stuff.
Why am I short? Why was I born with allergies? Why do I get headaches all the time? Why am I prone to arthritis in my neck? On and on and on…
Why do I have such trouble with anxiety? Why am I so sensitive? Why do I cry so easily? Why am I self-conscious? On and on and on…
A thousand *why's* to assault the King's ears.
All questioning the way HE chose to make me.
Sure, there is a danger in becoming complacent in who we are or what we look like. Not all changes we try to make are bad, after all.
Eating a healthier diet, or trying to lose some dangerous weight = good things.
Myopically fixating on one's appearance? Not so good.
Trying to become more emotionally mature, or attempting to overcome weaknesses = good things.
Chastising and condemning oneself about personal foibles? Not so good.
Yes, I believe we are called to be diligent in taking care of our bodies, and it's not a good idea to make excuses for behavioral or emotional changes we need to make.
But, it's also REALLY not good to put ourselves down all the time.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made – and we need to gain a greater appreciation for that Truth.
So, as I watched Chippie the Munk the other day – out there just doing his God-ordained thing – I really stopped and thought about it all.
God knows what He's doing.
He did – way back in the beginning when He created Creation. And way back in the slightly-sooner-than-the-beginning when He created me…
JUST. THE. WAY. I. WAS. MEANT. TO. BE.
Can I learn to embrace who God created me to be?
Chippie the Munk might have a thing to say to us about it all. I think he knows the secret to just being a chipmunk.
I think God has a lot to teach us about just being who we are.
Imperfect bodies – being renewed through His Son.
Imperfect minds – being transformed by the Spirit.
Imperfect hearts – being restored to righteousness.
Imperfect humans – who will one day be joined in perfect harmony, perfect unity, perfect PERFECTION, in His eternal Kingdom.
OK, that's really good news.
So, Chippie, as I watch you and take delight in you being a chipmunk – I'm also going to picture God watching me.
I'm going to think about Him smiling at how much He enjoys me.
Loving me for who I am.
Taking delight in me being me…
…just the way He made me.
Chippie the Munk
Master of Antics, Hijinks, and Shenanigans
(For Chippie): "Then God said, 'Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.' And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good."
(Genesis 1:24-25, NLT)
(For Us): "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!"
(Psalm 139:13-17, NIV)
Do you find it hard or easy to accept the way God made you? Why?
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