For several days in a row, as I have driven back and forth on our country road, an indecisive squirrel has stood almost like a statue while facing my huge suburban head on. My comment to this little bushy-tailed creature has been the same on each occasion, “You better move it squirrelly; make a decision or it will be made for you.” (I really am nicer than this statement sounds, I promise.) And then, at the last second, the squirrel quickly darts to the right or left just escaping his tragic ending.
Well, when I was wavering in my own decision to make this squirrel’s actions a spiritual analogy in my next post, God confirmed it clearly to me… because shortly after pondering this thought, I made my way down my driveway, and then onto Warren Hollow. And within one mile, not one squirrel, but three lay dead, all hit by cars. Thankfully, I had nothing to do with their sad demise. (I promise.)
I think what the Lord is teaching me personally in this “middle-the-road-picture” is that not deciding, really is deciding. In other words, if I have been given wisdom from the Lord either from His word, or from a sermon, or from godly counsel, and I am wavering in obedience to it… then guess what… I am not obeying. And because of disobedience, natural consequences will follow.
God loves to give wisdom, but He also expects us to act on it. Hear His word on this:
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect to receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
When you and I hear from the Lord, let us both trust Him wholeheartedly in what He is telling us to do. Let us not waste time in weighing our options over what might appear more attractive from a self-centered or worldly standpoint. This is putting Almighty God on our level, making Him just one of our many options to choose from. If we really trust Him, we will in faith, simply decide to follow Him, with no questions asked.
Poor squirrels. I’m sorry they had to “lay down their lives” in order to teach me a biblical truth. But, I will say this, it is one I will not forget. Because of them, I have made a definite decision: I will not waver in the wisdom that is freely given to me from my Wise Counselor; instead, I will get out of the middle of the road and “scurry on” to do His will. Because I see clearly now (from the sad, sad, sad ending of the three squirrels), that not deciding, is deciding.