Learning from the moles

The moles have been busy tunnelling under the fields surrounding the village where I live.  Not that I’ve seen them – they spend most of their lives underground – but the molehills give the game away.  They are, of course, expert tunnellers.  Although they are only about 15cm long, and weigh a mere 100 grams, they are capable of excavating around 4.5kg of soil in 20 minutes.  And what is the purpose of all this digging?  In a word, food.  Moles tunnel to find earthworms, slugs and insect larvae, and they cannot live for more than a few hours without food.

Our souls need constant nourishment too.  How great is our need for regular, purposeful ‘digging’ into the word of God, and for time spent digesting the truths contained therein!

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever;

The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.

                                                                                      Psalm 19:7-11

Father of mercies, in Thy Word

What endless glory shines!

For ever be Thy Name adored

For those celestial lines.


Here may the blind and hungry come,

And light and food receive;

Here shall the lowliest guest have room,

And taste and see and live.


Here springs of consolation rise

To cheer the fainting mind,

And thirsting souls receive supplies,

And sweet refreshment find.


Here the Redeemer’s welcome voice

Spreads heavenly peace around;

And life and everlasting joys

Attend the blissful sound.


O may these heavenly pages be

My ever dear delight;

And still new beauties may I see,

And still increasing light!


Divine Instructor, gracious Lord,

Be Thou for ever near;

Teach me to love Thy sacred Word,

And view my Saviour there. 

-Anne Steele