Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pet porcupine

Sister Roberta Moser, CSSF

is (1)Some time ago I was watching a show on the Discovery Channel about animals in the Kalahari Desert. Amazing the many night and day creatures that inhabit this unique part of the world. I found myself smiling when I saw a mother porcupine emerge from a burrow, followed by two little miniature porcupines. Exact replicas of their mother… “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pet porcupine,” I thought. A split second later I thought, “Are you crazy? Their little miniature tails pack a powerful wallop.”

Deeper reflection: We all have baby porcupines running around. We tolerate or indulge them because the problems they pose seem so minor. A sloppy report. A nasty remark about a coworker. A few minutes late here or there. All baby porcupines, really. They’re no big deal. But baby porcupines grow up to be big porcupines and their quills when released can be painful, if left untended.

Another image: a small leak can sink a big ship. A little lapse of character here or there, a little white lie, can have devastating results, no matter how insignificant they can seem at the time.

We need to be vigilant about baby porcupines. They grow up to follow big mothers.

Observe: Noah and his wife standing near the “boat” checking off the animals as they entered the ark two by two. “Ostriches, check. Peacocks, check. Rhinoceros, check. Termites, check.”

Noah, aghast, looks at his wife. “Call Pest Control!” The truck drives up and takes care of the problem. No wonder Noah survived the flood. He didn’t let little problems grow into bigger ones.

More pondering…

  • Do you have any little porcupines in your life, thinking they’re too small to do much harm?
  • Can you think of an example when a small problem you left untended turned into a big one?
  • How will you make sure your “ark” has no termites?Some time ago I was watching a show on the Discovery Channel about animals in the Kalahari Desert. Amazing the many night and day creatures that inhabit this unique part of the world. I found myself smiling when I saw a mother porcupine emerge from a burrow, followed by two little miniature porcupines. Exact replicas of their mother… “Wouldn’t it be fun to have a pet porcupine,” I thought. A split second later I thought, “Are you crazy? Their little miniature tails pack a powerful wallop.”Deeper reflection: We all have baby porcupines running around. We tolerate or indulge them because the problems they pose seem so minor. A sloppy report. A nasty remark about a coworker. A few minutes late here or there. All baby porcupines, really. They’re no big deal. But baby porcupines grow up to be big porcupines and their quills when released can be painful, if left untended.

    Another image: a small leak can sink a big ship. A little lapse of character here or there, a little white lie, can have devastating results, no matter how insignificant they can seem at the time.

    We need to be vigilant about baby porcupines. They grow up to follow big mothers.

     

     

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