Today we are going to discuss raccoons. The “common raccoon,” P. lotor, also known simply as “the raccoon,” is the most widely distributed species, with a natural range from southern Canada to Panama. It has also been introduced to continental Europe.
Okay Peter Looter. The party is over. Let me explain…
Our church has had a recent rash of garbage collectors…or should I say “looters.” Who are these culprits? Okay, they are raccoons. There is Grandpa, Toby, Bosco, Cosco, and Tabasco (so far). My husband has a catch and release program in which we release them back into the wild, but not so close to home!
Each has a different personality. Each has their own temperament. Each has their own appetite. Some prefer steak. Some prefer shrimp. Some prefer chicken. Some prefer pasta. Others like a mixture. Regardless, the smorgasbord is just too tempting!
On a serious not, each of them are survivors out there on their own and I often wonder where they go when it is lightning and thundering. How do they find water? Aren’t they hot down here?
Well, God created them for a reason and He takes care of them. Our Pastor recently spoke on how God will always take care of us through all of our hardships. He presented the “Worry Scale” and asked where we are on it. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus states “Do Not Worry” three times. The 5 “I’s” of worry are that it is inconsistent, irrational, ineffective, illogical, and irreligious.
My favorite passage on this is Matt 6:28-30 (I think because I am a woman). Jesus says (v.28) “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (v.29) and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (v.30) Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Our priority should be to seek God first and not worry about tomorrow because today has enough problems. So enjoy the lilies Peter Looter!