Then something happened that I wasn’t expecting. The beaver started going after the largest trees he could find. ‘What a bored and crazy animal,’ I thought as I looked at three of our trees that he had been working on that are far too large to wrap your arms around. Near the base of the trees, a strip of bark 10 to 12 inches wide had been removed all the way around, but no other real damage could be seen. As I walked back to the house that day after examining the damaged trees, I began to wonder if he could indeed chew all the way through one of those giant trees, and if he could just how long would it take?
Now months later, the giant trees remain the same and no other tree that I know of has been touched. I am not sure what happened to my fury foe, but he may have got what he had coming when the last round of flood waters came through this past spring. Even though he seems to be gone, his work remains along the bank of our creek.
Recently, I was walking by those large trees that the beaver had worked on when God opened my eyes. The beaver was not bored or crazy at all for taking on those large trees. He just had faith. He knew he didn’t have to do it all by himself. By removing the bark from the trees, a process I have learned is called girdling; the tree would die and eventually fall. The beaver did his part and waited on God to do the rest.
Every person on this earth falls short. As hard as we may try and as much as we may want it, perfection always eludes us. The devil tries to use our mistakes against us because it’s all he has. He knows the real victory has already been won. He knows that if he can convince us that we are guilty, we will sink into the sea of misery and shame and our work will slow or cease. But God wants us to walk on the water. If we take our eyes off Jesus, we will be pulled under. If we keep our faith in Jesus Christ, we will never drown. It is not how often we get it right. It is faith in Jesus Christ that presents us perfect in God’s sight. Luke 7:50 Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
Your trials and struggles in this life are only temporary for this world and everything in it will pass away. Stay focused on whatever job God has assigned you and keep working hard, always carrying with you the shield of faith to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Focus not on what can be seen, but on the things that can’t be seen. Like the beaver, you don’t need to chew the whole tree down by yourself. All you have to do is take off the bark and God will do the rest. If God and one beaver can change the landscape of a creek bank so drastically imagine what you can do with His help…