This very thought crossed my mind when one of those little brown guys, either Chip or Dale I wasn’t quite sure, darted in front of my bike on a recent bike ride on the Foothills Recreational Trail from Puyallup to South Prairie recently.

Why else would the little guy treat his life so carelessly? 

The answer, I surmised as I kept up my cadence all the while looking for more death-defying creatures, was no. 

Do you know why?

I do.

A portion of the Foothills Trail is seen near Puyallup. The trail runs from Puyallup to Enumclaw. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
A portion of the Foothills Trail is seen near Puyallup. The trail runs from Puyallup to Enumclaw. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Squirrels, and all animals, don’t worry about life or death like we humans.Why is that? Supposedly it’s because they only live to survive — each day is like the last. We humans worry about a myriad of things, typically things that won’t matter in five minutes, five days or five months. That takes me back to my previous question. If squirrels don’t get depressed because they don’t worry why should we?

I’ll break it down for you. Squirrels don’t worry because they weren’t created that way. All animals have a spirit — a fight or flight nature. The God of the Holy Bible saw no need to give animals a conscious soul like he did his creation of man and woman. 

Have you figured out why yet?

It’s because He loves us more than the animals. Like I mentioned earlier, this occurred tome while riding. A long ride allows my soul to be restored as my mind is focused on important things and that is reminding myself that Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of the most high and Holy God, has this world and the next firmly in his control.

We needn’t dart around like nervous squirrel, always searching for that seed or nut to hide away for the future. I needed this reminder as I am still in search of a more consistent income, yet also realizing God has brought me this far into my new life as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

An emu sits nestled in the tall grass along the Foothills Recreational trail near Orting. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
An emu sits nestled in the tall grass along the Foothills Recreational trail near Orting.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

We also have a responsibility, thanks to our consciousness, knowing good and evil. It doesn’t matter what society declares as right or wrong — that changes as often as governments shed their skin. We need to remember that we are born into sin as inherited to us by Adam and we need a Savior to rescue us and redeem us before the Lord. The question isn’t does God love us. The question is do we love God enough to repent of the sin in our lives and trust in His way, which may not be our way.

Do we love God enough to let go of our lives and put on the mantle of God’s righteousness before our time runs out?

Which brings me back to the little squirrel.

Do squirrels get depressed? The thought crossed my mind when one of those little brown guys, either Chip or Dale I wasn’t quite sure, darted in front of my bike on a recent ride on the Foothills National Recreational Trail from Puyallup to South Prairie. Why else would the little guy treat his life so carelessly? The answer, I surmised as I kept up my cadence all the while looking for more death-defying creatures, was no. Do you know why? I do. Squirrels, and all animals, don’t worry about life or death like we humans.Why is that? Supposedly it’s because they only live to survive — each day is like the last. We humans worry about a myriad of things, typically things that won’t matter in five minutes, five days or five months. That takes me back to my previous question. If squirrels don’t get depressed because they don’t worry why should we? I’ll break it down for you. Squirrels don’t worry because they weren’t created that way. All animals have a spirit — a fight or flight nature. The God of the Holy Bible saw no need to give animals a conscious soul like he did his creation of man and woman. Hav you figured out why yet? It’s because He loves us more than the animals. Like I mentioned earlier, this occurred tome while riding, a long ride allows my soul to be restored as my mind is focused on important things and that is reminding myself that Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of the most high and Holy God, has this world and the next firmly in his control. We needn’t dart around like nervous squirrel, always searching for that seed or nut to hide away for the future. I needed this reminder as I am still in search of a more consistent income, yet also realizing God has brought me this far into my new life as a freelancer/entrepreneur. We also have a responsibility, thanks to our consciousness, knowing good and evil. It doesn’t matter what society declares as right or wrong — that changes as often as governments shed their skin. We need to remember that we are born into sin as inherited to us by Adam and we need a Savior to rescue us and redeem us before the Lord. The question isn’t does God love us. The question is do we love God enough to repent of the sin in our lives and trust in His way, which may not be our way. Do we love God enough to let go of our lives and put on the mantle of God’s righteousness before our time runs out? Which brings me back to the little squirrel. If I had been a little bit closer, or the squirrel hd been a little bit slower, the outcome of his decision would hav been much different. Our days are numbered. Only God, whether you believe in Him or not, knows that number. Don’t get caught up in working so much that you neglect to feed your soul by reading the Holy Bible. You become like that squirrel, always in search of the next nut to fill a void and not even realize this world isn’t forever.
The Carbon River is seen along the Foothills Trail that runs from Puyllup through Orting and into Buckley and Enumclaw. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

If I had been a little bit closer, or the squirrel had been a little bit slower, the outcome of his decision would hav been much different. Our days are numbered. Only God, whether you believe in Him or not, knows that number.

Don’t get caught up in working so much that you neglect to feed your soul by reading the Holy Bible. You become like that squirrel, always in search of the next nut to fill a void and not even realize this world isn’t forever. 

A map is seen at the start of the Foothills Trail in Puyallup. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
A map is seen at the start of the Foothills Trail in Puyallup.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Do squirrels get depressed? The thought crossed my mind when one of those little brown guys, either Chip or Dale I wasn’t quite sure, darted in front of my bike on a recent ride on the Foothills National Recreational Trail from Puyallup to South Prairie. Why else would the little guy treat his life so carelessly? The answer, I surmised as I kept up my cadence all the while looking for more death-defying creatures, was no. Do you know why? I do. Squirrels, and all animals, don’t worry about life or death like we humans.Why is that? Supposedly it’s because they only live to survive — each day is like the last. We humans worry about a myriad of things, typically things that won’t matter in five minutes, five days or five months. That takes me back to my previous question. If squirrels don’t get depressed because they don’t worry why should we? I’ll break it down for you. Squirrels don’t worry because they weren’t created that way. All animals have a spirit — a fight or flight nature. The God of the Holy Bible saw no need to give animals a conscious soul like he did his creation of man and woman. Hav you figured out why yet? It’s because He loves us more than the animals. Like I mentioned earlier, this occurred tome while riding, a long ride allows my soul to be restored as my mind is focused on important things and that is reminding myself that Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of the most high and Holy God, has this world and the next firmly in his control. We needn’t dart around like nervous squirrel, always searching for that seed or nut to hide away for the future. I needed this reminder as I am still in search of a more consistent income, yet also realizing God has brought me this far into my new life as a freelancer/entrepreneur. We also have a responsibility, thanks to our consciousness, knowing good and evil. It doesn’t matter what society declares as right or wrong — that changes as often as governments shed their skin. We need to remember that we are born into sin as inherited to us by Adam and we need a Savior to rescue us and redeem us before the Lord. The question isn’t does God love us. The question is do we love God enough to repent of the sin in our lives and trust in His way, which may not be our way. Do we love God enough to let go of our lives and put on the mantle of God’s righteousness before our time runs out? Which brings me back to the little squirrel. If I had been a little bit closer, or the squirrel hd been a little bit slower, the outcome of his decision would hav been much different. Our days are numbered. Only God, whether you believe in Him or not, knows that number. Don’t get caught up in working so much that you neglect to feed your soul by reading the Holy Bible. You become like that squirrel, always in search of the next nut to fill a void and not even realize this world isn’t forever.
The Foothills trail takes riders and pedestrians over the Carbon River near Orting on a former trestle. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)


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