Unexpected Visitor

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Yesterday was a bit different from other days since my recovery began. I had an unexpected visitor arrive. Despite plenty of books to read, knitting to knit, and writing to ponder, the days are often somewhat boring. And it doesn’t help that I’ve had a minor setback that limits my activity level. 
 
Back to my unexpected visitor. Looking out the large window into our backyard, I noticed the leaves on our vine maple fluttering. If there was a breeze blowing, none of the other trees were joining in. 
 
And then I spied him. A small squirrel bouncing from limb to limb. Stopping here and there to find a nibble of something. Then off he’d go either higher or lower on a branch, all the while bouncing as he went. I found myself giggling with joy. Laughter bubbling up inside me. This little fellow was so entertaining. At one point, he jumped from a branch and it came right back and hit him in the keister. Double laughter!
 
Tell me God doesn’t know when we need a boost, and I’ll tell you why I know otherwise. Here sat a woman wishing for a day brightener. And into her backyard came a squirrel with a routine at the ready. As he munched and danced his way through the tree, he also performed acrobatics. And all for this one woman-audience.
 
I felt lighter as he bounded on his way to his next assignment. His little impromptu performance filled me with gratitude.
 
nature, quote, time, trees, Katrina Mayer
Via Country Living Magazine

 

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15 Replies to “Unexpected Visitor”

  1. What a sweet gift, Sherrey. And the richness is being present to enjoy it is without limit. We wrestle sometimes against our limitations but magical moments like you describe here remind us that the sweet mystery of the Divine is with us in the midst. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Linda, would you believe that little fellow, or one of his relatives, has been back playing in the tree this morning? I’ve taken your words “the richness in being present to enjoy it is without limit” to heart. They were like manna to my soul. Thanks for taking time to add to my post with your gracious words.

  2. Thank you for sharing your lovely, lively little story of your knew found friend. I too love when God let’s us know He’s there for us. Hebrews 13:5 Then you just look up, smile or giggle out loud and say, ” I know that was you! ” Be well very soon! Sending prayers of healing your way.

    1. Freda, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. “I know that was you!” Something we need to use responsively more often than we do when acknowledging God’s presence. Thanks for your grace-filled words and the prayers of healing.

  3. Unexpected Blessing!

    1. Yes, June, an unexpected blessing indeed! And either the same squirrel or a relative showed up again today. I love it! Good to have you here.

      1. Don’t you just love life’s little surprises, Sherrey? And all we have to do is stay still long enough to notice. Thanks for sharing your day brightener!

        1. Nothing like a sweet surprise to turn your day around. Being still has never been one of my virtues, but now have no other options. Thanks for dropping in!

  4. I like day brighteners and day lighteners: yellow is a happy color. Thanks, Sherrey!

    1. Indeed, yellow is a happy color. It’s one of my favorite! Glad you stopped by in the midst of your busyness, Marian.

  5. I love this. Yes, God knows just what we need. Would have loved to have seen the branch hit his backside. 😊

    1. The branch hitting his backside was a hoot! He launched and luckily landed easily on another branch. But it was truly a funny moment. I do believe our God has a keen sense of humor, Joan. I needed the laughter.

      1. I agree, He does. And He knew just what you needed.

  6. Whenever I’m at my lowest, the sight of a little creature like a squirrel or even a moth will lift my spirits. Glad you had a lift 🙂

  7. It was the most beautiful moment! Cheered me up and made me smile. Thanks for stopping by.

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