Daily Memory Verse: October 21
Romans 8:19 "For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Yesterday we had to open our bathroom wall and pull three dead squirrels and a mouse out of it. It has been an eerie few weeks as we heard walnuts rolling and scampering in our attic, then scratching in the wall.
We tried all sorts of stuff, read a lot on how to discourage them out of our house, plugging whatever gap that might look like they could get through, set traps, put a radio on in the attic, all in vain.
I think they got stuck and could not get out, and starved to death. Then it started stinking. We opened up little holes in the wall and finally found them.
We had expected only one, but found what I think was the mother and two little ones, with a long dead mouse as a bonus.
They looked peaceful, eyes closed, nestled on the floor. At first we missed them, thinking it was just insulation, so we wasted time in another section that looked like fur, but was just insulation.
I was ecstatic to be able to find them before we had any more serious problems like flies from the dead carcasses, etc, but I don't want to gross you out. I hope we got them all.
When I took them out, I felt heavy inside. These were creatures of God, affected by the sin of man, living wild, living a lot by instinct. A mother and two little ones.
The whole thing was a bit unnerving, and the first time in 20 years we had something like this happen. I hope I got all the openings plugged. It was an exceptionally small squirrel, so I believe most of the larger ones could not have gotten into the small gaps we had in the roof.
It made me long even more for the New Heaven and New Earth. I look forward to the time when creatures like this are friendly, where "The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den."
For a while, every strange sound in the house will make me a little nervous, but hopefully I'll get over it soon.
But I will never get over my longing to be with my Lord, and look for the time when "No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him." (Revelation 22:3)
Today if you hear His voice, harden not your heart.