Listening to a ground squirrel Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 February 2018
By Chaplain (Capt.) Tony Cech
Special to GUIDON

Every February, people look to the groundhog to see if it’s going to come out of its hole for an early spring or retreat underground for six more weeks of winter.

 As the lore goes, if it’s sunny out and sees its shadow, then back to bed it goes and we can expect a continued season of cold and snow. But, if it’s cloudy out and the rodent doesn’t see its shadow, then we can expect an early spring.

How crazy — think about it — to look to a rodent (also considered a giant ground squirrel) to predict “whether” we think it’s almost spring or more Missouri winter wonderland. My question though is how many of us would love to just curl back up, crawl into a hole and hibernate for six more weeks because of the season of life we’re in?

As human beings, we go through different seasons of life. Sometimes it feels like winter: a long, cold, hard winter; but other times like a vibrant spring.

When we look at the pages of scripture we see people have good times and bad. Solomon said ‘there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance… (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4). Can you relate?

We experience all these things. Are you happy today?

Sometime you will experience sadness. Are you sad?

At some point tears turn to laughter. Sick? In time, we heal.

The good thing about times and seasons are that they come, go and change. Life sometimes feels like it comes to a standstill.

Sometimes we’d like to just crawl into a hole, burrow in, retreat and not have to stick out our heads for six weeks or till sunshine and spring. But God, in his grace, allows us to experience both good and bad as a reminder to look to him. Look to him and look at the giant ground-squirrel.      

(Editor’s note: Cech is the 1st Engineer Brigade chaplain.)
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