Toads may not be really beautiful. In their own way they are cute, though. More than that, they are a gardener’s friend.

Where I work lots of toads wait under the night lights for supper (breakfast?). But I don’t have a toad in my garden to help eat bugs and snails.

So, here I am, looking for some container to carry a toad home. The plastic case for one of my electronic pieces of equipment turned out as the only option. Then I had to catch the little creature.

Wow! What a surprise. It just sat there and let me pick it up. I gently carried it to the container. Then I found a paper towel and got it moist as a mat for my little passenger for the drive home. Now for some reason that drew a negative review. But I set it in and then wrapped the container into my coat so the movements wouldn’t startle my little one.

American Toad, Bufo americanus, dorso-lateral ...

American Toad, Bufo americanus, dorso-lateral view. Location: Durham County, North Carolina, United States. (Bufo americanusPCCA20060417-3352B1.jpg–flipped from original) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once home, at 6:30 in the morning, Mother and I made a quick decision where to put the toad house. Yes, we have had a toad house for years, just a little short on tenants.

I dug a small hole and filled it with peat moss so the new resident could burrow into it during the day.

Next I had to get the toad into the house. It took several tries, but finally I got it right inside. I left it peeking out the door at its new world.

I hope it stays. I hope it likes it here.

I wonder if this little escapade of mine compares to the way Jesus searches out to win people into the divine garden?

We got excited over a toad. Jesus gets excited about any of us coming “home” to the Great Gardener.

“Aren’t five sparrows sold for two cents? God doesn’t forget any of them. Even every hair on your head has been counted. Don’t be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7 God’s Word).

Just insert “toad” where it reads “sparrows” and the story completes itself.