Is that a squirrel over there, looking for food? Wait, I’ve got to get the camera. I hope he’s still there when I get back.

I was actually praying the rosary when I opened the door leading to the garden and spotted the squirrel. Since he was quite far, he did not see me. Squirrels are elusive. Just a little noise or movement is enough to make them scamper away. It is very seldom that one can see a squirrel even just for a few minutes.

I stopped first my prayer and ran to get the camera, as this was one of those rare moments. True enough, when I got back, he was still in the same spot. He had no idea that he was being watched and filmed.

It is always a joy for me to see squirrels even for just a very short time; we have plenty of them in the garden actually, but it is difficult to see them at a closer range or for a few minutes. I was fortunate! God sometimes gives me some wonderful treat once in a while.

I am always filled with awe at seeing God’s creation: animals, plants, and people, of course – the whole of creation. Our good God really created everything for joy. I am sure, as God created each of his creatures, especially us, he was also enjoying himself. As Scripture said: “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” (Gen. 1:31) There must have been a smile on his lips while he was creating the whole universe and all that was in it, and this joy he had imparted to us so that we too may know and experience life – life to the full!

I stopped praying for a while to enjoy the squirrel. But I found myself praising God for his creation and thanking him for the joy it brought me: that, too, was praying!

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:2)

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High…For you make me glad, O Lord, by your deeds; at the works of your hands, I rejoice…How great are your works, O Lord! How very deep are your designs! (Psalm 92:1.5-6)