Recently an adult guest in our home was acting a little too familiar with Brooke, and I sensed the need to reiterate the notion of “boundaries” with her. We went for a walk at a local park, where the two of us could be alone. I wasn’t sure I was getting through to her, that she really understood what I was trying to communicate. Then the neatest thing happened…
The squirrels were particularly bold and were approaching us. They were looking for food, I suppose, but it was unnerving. At least a dozen squirrels walked right up to us or stopped and stared at us from mere inches away. Some followed us! Brooke was scared (and I was a little rattled, too). At one point, several began scuttling toward us; I picked up a big stick “just in case,” and Brooke froze in fear. I called for her to come join me, where I could protect her, and I heard…click…clack…click…THUMP! In one bold move she jumped on my back like a monkey and held on for dear life.
It was such a God-thing. What a perfect example of something acting inappropriately and inspiring discomfort (or fear). How perfect that I could show her if she stays aware and close to me I can help protect her. I couldn’t have concocted a better example if I’d tried.
God is always amazing, providing for us just what we need, just when we need it. Click…clack…click…THUMP! (That’s me jumping on God’s back like a monkey!)