The Squirrel's Bridge

 •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 6
One day an artist sat sketching in a lovely woodsy spot. Before him was a pleasant little stream, and all about him were trees; pine trees, birch trees, oaks and maples.
Now and then he would look up from his picture and would rest a few moments enjoying the songs of the birds, the squirrels at play, and even the wood mice that grew brave enough to scurry close by his feet.
One time a mother squirrel with her little one caught his attention. What fun they were having! It seemed to be a game of "tag" as they chased one another from tree to tree. Coming to the edge of the stream the mother squirrel jumped lightly across, and then waited for her baby to follow.
The young squirrel ran to the edge of the stream as his mother had done, but there he hesitated. To his eyes the stream seemed far too wide and he was afraid. Mother squirrel chattered coaxingly and even scolded! Several times she jumped back and forth to show her little one how easy it was, for the stream was very narrow. But the frightened little fellow only ran up and down the bank, hunting for an easier way to cross.
Finally the mother found a way! With keen interest the artist watched as he saw her tugging at a branch that seemed too heavy for her to manage. Soon she had it in the water, and pushing with all her strength she forced it to touch the other side. In a twinkling the baby squirrel had crossed the frail bridge and was at his mother’s side.
As the squirrels disappeared into the woods the artist thought of One Who at great cost had found a way—a way to bridge the great gulf that separated us from God.
The mother squirrel’s love prompted her to find a way to bridge the stream. But, oh, how great the love that caused our Savior to be willing to make a way to bridge the distance between poor sinners and a holy God!
To make a way our Savior shed His blood on the cruel cross, for, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:77But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)). No other bridge would do, no other way, for He has said, "I am the Way" (John 14:66Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)).
If you have not yet done so, won’t you receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior and cross upon the wonderful bridge He has made?
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:1313But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)).