What Happened?

Sweet, aren’t they? That is what I thought this spring.

At first I thought they were prairie dogs because one stood lookout, sitting on little hind legs, and chirping out a warning to all the rest when danger appeared.

Each morning they came up on my deck, looking for food. Since I was feeding the birds, they found plenty. Over the spring they seemed to multiply. At the same time the mesquite tree was in full bloom — purple blossoms over the entire tree. After the blooms were gone, the tree was green with leaves.

Then it happened…

I walked out early summer and the tree had no leaves! I kept an eye on the tree for a few days and saw these cute little critters climbing up and down. And there seemed to be more holes around the tree and under my porch foundation. Yikes!

Well of course I googled these cuties. Not until I was searching for creatures that inhabit the Sonoran Desert, where my house was located, did I find answers both for my yard  and for myself.

The key was alignment. In focusing on only one aspect on my environment, I inadvertently got it out of balance.

God started speaking to me about areas in my life where the foundation had holes, and the trees were not leafing out or bearing fruit.

This happened in the natural all because I thought a little animal cute and started treating it as a pet. But these round tailed squirrels get very thirsty and eat the leaves of trees for water.  And they grew in population because I was feeding them.

My life was out of alignment too because I continued to keep old habits that were not huge, and not necessarily sin — but distractions. By focusing on the distractions, they grew and ate into the gifts and favor of the new season.

Do you have any ‘little squirrels’ in your life keeping you from the bounty of this new season?