As I write this, I’m watching a blue jay steal walnuts, one by one, from a
squirrel house my husband built for two cute squirrels.
Watching this play out, I find myself a tad bit unhappy that Mr. Blue Jay has entered a home that was not built for him. This is how comparison and competing robs us piece by piece; it carries -off the identity of who we are in Christ and the provision He has laid out specially for us. The enemy robs us every time we compare or compete in an unhealthy fashion. It robs our peace, our joy, creativity, and depletes our resources, exhausting us in its empty pursuits.
As Romans 12:15-16 reminded us earlier, not only are we called to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, but do it wholeheartedly. If we cannot, one by one, our gifts, talents, and destiny can get carried away with our nutty comparison, only to be eaten, dropped, or buried by our detrimental thinking and behaviors. Our blue-jay thoughts steal the joy the Lord has for us, leaving us feeling empty. Just as I happily replenished the squirrel house of what was robbed of them, so, too, does God replenish what was taken from us. He will replenish even if it’s our own brokenness or someone’s wrong choices towards us that makes us feel cheated us out of His love.
Reclaimed Joy Discovering the God of Wonders In your Whys Lisa Jennings
“Sometimes big trees grow out of acorns-I think I heard that from a squirrel” .Jerry Coleman