I have written so many times about how any action that you do echoes across eternity. And if God notices even the small things you do, His blessings will shine down on you. Two days ago, at my home, a family of skunks fell down into one of our storm drainages at the side of our house. There was a bigger skunk (I am guessing it was the mother), and four of her babies. How they ALL got into there is a mystery because the hole leading to the storm drain is really narrow and small. I am guessing that one of the baby skunks fel into the storm drain hole by curiousity, and then the mother saw this and jumped down after her baby. After the mother fell into the hole, probably the babies, needing to be with their mother, jumped down in there to mommy skunk. For us humans, that is an absolutely “epic fail” and a cluster-frack in judgment. But these are small rodents with brains the size of a cherry pit.
Now, animals do not really plan far ahead, and they were completely stuck four feet into a big hole. My father saw this and immediately called for pest control for remove them. Skunks are known to commonly cause rabies, and if you get close, they WILL spray you with a smell so putrid that you will smell for days. You could get sprayed and no matter how attractive and cool you are, no one from the opposite sex will give you the time of day, even if you are a NBA millionaire Harvard grad like Jeremy Lin. I spoke to the “pest removal” company and found that when they come, they will take them out and kill/euthanize them. It is a law in Illinois that some creatures cannot be relocated, they must be put down, and skunks are one of them.
I thought about this and then went to the drainage hole and looked at the skunks. They looked so helpless and were shivering with fear. Shaking, clawing in vain to try to climb out of the hole which was impossible for them…it all looked so pitiful. I thought that God loves all his creatures, and could not stand to see them removed and euthanized. So, I did what was the “right thing” to do based on my love of all living things.
Since the skunk bites often have the rabies virus, I feared getting bit as I planned to jump down the storm drain hole and pick them up and set them free. It was over 100 degrees at the time, but I donned layers of clothes that I knew would end up in the garbage can since I was certain they would either bite me or scratch me or spray me. After putting on layers of clothes and many gloves, I heroically jumped down into the hole and slowly approached the skunks. The little ones hid behind the mother, and I gently approached them with a short series of greetings.
Needless to say, the mother did not buy my sincerity, and proceeded to spray me with some green liquid that looked like car antifreeze all over my clothes. And whoa, did she spray me! My pants were soaked with Skunk liquid, but I proceeded to pick them up and release them onto my lawn. Were the skunks grateful? I know not, but I felt like I did something good…even if it was to a rodent. When you saw the eyes and the trembling and fear of the skunk family, you may have done the same…plus I saved my family $350.00 to have someone come out.
I next took off all my clothes, and donated them to the Salvation Army…just kidding! They smelled so toxic and bad that I immediately put them in a white plastic bag and into the garbage. The reason I am sharing this is that for every good deed that you do, you are doing good in the light of the Universe and God. And such actions, no matter how small, make you feel so good. I felt so good for the day, even though I had to sacrifice some old clothing and still smell like a monster from hell.
Take a moment, don’t knee jerk any reaction, and think about all living beings under the sun. Consider their suffering. Even though the skunks were rather ignorant rodents with brains the size of a cherry pit, my actions mattered to them, even though afterwards I smelled like death and a walking zombie. I had to take a shower too with industrial strength soap for an hour though. They spray is just about the strongest odor on Earth. Maybe police can use skunk spray instead of tear gas. It would be cheaper…and what criminal wants to smell like death?