04/23/08 Grif.Net – Illustration

04/23/08 Grif.Net – Illustration

A pastor was giving the children’s message during church. For this part of
the service, he would gather all the children around him and give a brief
lesson before dismissing them for children’s church.

On this particular Sunday, he was using squirrels for an object lesson on
industry and preparation. He started out by saying, “I’m going to describe
something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is.” The
children nodded eagerly.

“This thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)…” No hands went

“And it is gray (pause) and has a long bushy tail (pause)…” The children
were looking at each other, but still no hands raised.

“And it jumps from branch to branch (pause) and chatters and flips its tail
when it’s excited (pause)…”

Finally one little boy tentatively raised his hand. The pastor breathed a
sigh of relief and called on him. “Well…,” said the boy, “I *know* the
answer must be Jesus … but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me!”

Dr Bob Griffin,
“Jesus knows me, this I love”