“Therefore, keep watch…” Matthew 24:36 (NIV)
This is Rascal.
He is the youngest cat in the Sears home.
Sometimes, well, we wonder about his sanity.
Other times, I think about the family he is with and realize he just fits in nicely.
Rascal likes to watch for water. He will come running if you turn on the sink. Truthfully, there is some debate (in our household and apparently among cat owners on the internet) as to whether or not cats can see water. My personal opinion of Rascal is that he cannot see it. He hears it. He occasionally sees the rippling of the water in the sink. But running water seems to be beyond his vision. He can poise himself on the side of the sink and get drenched when you turn on the water. It’s quite a sight actually. Cat shaking and meowing at something he can’t quite figure out.
It doesn’t stop him from watching for it, though. Once that faucet is on or the ice dispenser makes a sound, he is all over that sink – waiting and watching.
I know that the Kingdom of God is often out of my line of vision. I know where it should be – with the people of God, with the poor, with those who are in need of any help. But at times I just can’t see it. I might notice the ripples around it but it is just as likely to knock me flat on my behind before I know its there. I look a lot like my wet cat at those moments – shaking my head and making weird noises about something I quite understand.
But I do watch. I just pray that I have the attention and tenacity of my cat. (Without the “distraction disorder” he also has…If something shiny goes by him while he is watching for water, he is off on a new chase!)
Alas, though, I am often distracted as well. I know that this week, a plugged up shower/tub, a problem with a car and a couple other little things have kept me from probably seeing the great and awesome power of God in the world.
But I will keep watching. Maybe one day I will do it with feline determination!