Meet Tiger. He’s the most photogenic kitty I know. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that he doesn’t move often, so it’s simple to spot a good pose and snap a quick shot or two. In all reality, he’s just one, big, furry, baby.
The thing I love about Tiger is that – for the most part – he’ll purr whether you pet him or not. As long as he can sit on your lap, he’s content to close his adorable green eyes and purr loudly until sleep claims him. Not much interrupts that sleep either… except Su.
Su isn’t like Tiger at all. Much younger and more energetic, her many nicknames include, Physco Su and Crazy Cat. As my mom says, “She’s adorable when she’s sleeping; then she wakes up… (insert dramatic pause here)” The good thing about Su is that she’s easily amused… by my pony tail holders. She chases them throughout the house; up the stairs, down the stairs, through the kitchen, into the dining room… in fact, she’s in the family room now, stalking one at this very moment. I’ve taken to storing those hair ties in a box, carefully latching it just so she can’t get to them; somehow she still finds a way.
Well, in his own lazy way, Tiger plays with Su and keeps her entertained. With pretend annoyance, he’ll twitch his tail as she comes by, knowing she can’t resist the urge to pounce on a moving object. This gives him an excuse to pounce back and they’ll play-fight until he gets worn out or bored (I’m not exactly sure which). Then Su goes back to playing with her hair ties (which are actually my hair ties) and thinking about whatever it is that occupies a young cat’s mind throughout the day.
I love both our cats, but perhaps I’m a little more attached to Tiger. That’s understandable though; after all, he’s been with us longer. You see, at ten years of age, Tiger’s been through it all (well, in the world of a house cat anyway). His mother belonged to us as well, so he was born in our home and hasn’t left our care since.
So What’s The Point Of All This? –
By now you’re probably thinking, “This girl spends too much time watching her cats…” If so, just wait! I haven’t even told you about our dogs yet (No worries, I’ll save that for another post). You see, all this is simply because, recently, I sat for a moment and thought about Tiger. I realized that he knows no other place than us. In his mind, this world revolves around him and his needs. All he has to do to get food is beseech us with his whiny, little meow. It only takes a leap onto somebody’s lap for him to get a scratch between the ears. Ultimately, we are his world and he knows nothing else.
What about you? I’m sure you get out more than an indoor cat, probably have bigger circle of friends, and are a bit more independent, but what does your world revolve around? Perhaps it’s only me, but I find it easy to forget that there’s more to this world than me; there’s more than the places I’ve gone and the people I’ve met. Because of the media, we’re kept up to date on the major happenings around the globe, but what about the little things? With billions of people on the earth, each consumed in their own life, you’re only one person.
This is humbling to me; it keeps me from expecting too much from others; it helps me to see that there’s so much more to this world than my daily routines. And if that’s not enough to humble my outlook on life, I can always walk outside on a clear summer’s night and see the stars, twinkling in the dark sky. Numbering those stars would be impossible and yet, one of my favorite verses in the Psalms says:
“[God] counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.” -Psalms 147:4-5
My Knowledge: Incomplete & Mistaken –
You see, I’m simply beginning to realize that – considering everything we don’t know – our knowledge is completely insufficient. As Socrates said:
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
And as I’ve often been told:
“The one who thinks they know it all has a lot to learn.”
We like to think that we’re so smart, but we only know a smidgen of all the knowledge out there. But besides telling you that you’re not as smart as you might think you are, what’s the point here?
God’s Knowledge: Complete & Flawless –
The point is: we serve an awesome God. His knowledge is never ending, His power is immense. He not only knows how many stars there are, but created each and every one of them. We conduct surveys and tally up numbers to approximate how many people populate this earth, but God knows exactly how many have lived here, do live here, and will live here. This is the God we serve; the God who created this place that we call home. He is the ultimate authority, the greatest judge, and yet He exercises His authority with love and grace. It is only by that same love and grace that you are living today and breathing at this moment.
“For in Him we live and move and have our being…” -Act 17:28
We like to imagine that we are self-sufficient and independent, but without God we are helpless. Without Him, we are hopeless. And without His saving grace, we are lost.
Why Then? –
If we’re so small and insignificant, why does God pay any attention to us? In fact, we’re not only insignificant, we’re also sinful and rebellious. Why then does He even notice us? Why should He allow us to live? Why should He show us such amazing love by offering salvation through His Son?
“LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.” -Psalm 144:3-4
He shouldn’t love us at all, but He does. There is no good reason that He even allows us to live, let alone that He should save us from the sin that separates us from Him. Every good thing we have comes from His hand. If that doesn’t humble us even a little, I don’t know what will.
Our God Reigns; To Him Be The Glory –
With this in mind, what does your world revolve around? What is most important to you? Do you understand God’s greatness enough to understand that we can never truly understand how great He really is? Are you awed by His power and love? Does it affect the way that you live? Are you simply keeping up appearances and going through the motions or is there true love for your Savior behind your thoughts and actions? Is it sincere gratitude that motivates you to serve Him?
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” -Ephesians 2:1-9
He has done that for undeserving you. What are you going to for Him?