Morning walks with my dog never cease to amaze me. There is always something to brighten my heart or ignite my sense of wonder. Sometimes I selfishly like to think of the public nature trail behind our house as my own. When someone else comes by I smile and say hello but I think in the back of my head, “Get your own trail.” Ha! On this morning ritual, I do my best breathing, praying, thinking, and laughing at my whimsical Labrador. This special place is my walking “board room” for long talks with my kids and dear friends.
Recently, signs of invasion appeared on my trail. Beaver teeth marks and freshly grated white mulch surrounded lower portions of several Poplar and Maple trees. Although never seeing the beavers, each day I observed gradual step by step progress being made by these little fellas diligently working toward their goal.
Then the other day… T-I-M-B-E-R! Two relatively large Poplar trees lay splat across the trail, branches everywhere. They must have been working overtime to get their choppers through these trees! “It would take a while for the park rangers to clean this one up!” I thought to myself.
The next day, one of the two trees had been pulled off the trail. Several feet below, a smattering of branches neatly stretched across our little creek. Hmm, “The park rangers don’t respond that quickly and if they had they would have cleared both trees.”
Lucy (lab) and I went out at the crack of dawn the next morning hoping to catch the nocturnal beavers winding down from their night shift. Alas, no actual beaver spotting, but their evenings work had proven triumphant. Those paddle-tailed rascals had pulled the second tree off the pathway. Talk about a solid work ethic! Glancing down at the creek below, their water blockade was looking more passable for a beaver lodge and the rocky surrounding area was starting to flood.
It’s such fun to witness these accomplishments each day. Images of Narnia pop into my mind and bring a smile to my face as I try to imagine these beavers discussing the next evenings strategy over a cup of tea and biscuits. I mean, this is a major construction project! Most likely they don’t ask each other… “Do you think this shade of bark goes well with the rest of the lodge?” or “How come you’re dragging all the light weight sticks and I’m doing the heavy lifting?” “I know we started here but what do you think about re-locating farther from the Beltway?” Nope, I think they simply just do it.
Perhaps the beaver work ethic is a good example for us. Is procrastination keeping you from accomplishing important tasks in your lives? Do you have a card sitting on your desk that you haven’t made time to send to a friend with a heavy heart? I think the beavers would say…“Just do it” Have you been thinking about cooking a meal for a neighbor and surprising them? “Just do it !” Is there someone who needs to hear your story about the realness of God? Jesus would say, Just do it, I’m right here with you. Don’t just think about it, do it….how about today?
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23
“In all things I have shown you that working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same—with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” Mother Teresa
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another” Charles Dickens
“We better hurry up and get this tree off the trail before the sun comes up and that lady and her feisty dog come along.” The Beavers.
Monday’s Must See Video: Carrie Underwood “Something in the Water”