We’ve had chipmunks running around our place for a while now. All of this time I’ve been good with it. I enjoyed watching them dart across the yard from time to time. Then, however, I learned that they’ve been burrowing holes and doing such near the foundation of our house. So they’ve got to move on!
This past week I’ve had an ongoing battle with one of these little guys. It’s been akin to Bill Murray’s frustration in the 1980 film Caddyshack. In the morning, I get up and I’d fill his hole and within an hour it would be dug back out again. So, I’d go over and pour some “stuff” into the hole to impede his interest in living there. Yet by the afternoon that little fella had dug the hole again. Well, this has gone on for several days now. Each morning I’d spy out the situation, see his undaunted deeds, pour my “stuff” into the hole, fill it in, and move on. Yet, to no avail. I even tried cayenne pepper. Nope. Each time, he’d dig his hole. Finally, by the end of the week, I think he has moved on to somewhere else. He was a persistent little fella.
We need persistence in our lives, do we not? God would have us to be tenacious when it comes to our spiritual focus, determined when it comes to prayer and resolute when it comes to forgiving others. The Lord’s path is a path of persistence. Oh, that we would have lives marked by spiritual persistence – even the persistence of a chipmunk. Paul put it this way, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Co. 15:58) In following God, there needs to be a piece of our character that is stubborn for what is honorable, good, and true. Paul says, not only is it right, it’s worth it!