This is another pet post. I know that I only write about my blind cat—and occasionally my formerly crippled dog, but I have two more cats that get very little press. Today I will introduce Sasha and tomorrow Fat Molly (that’s not really her name, but she is really fat).
We got sleek black Sasha at the animal shelter about 3 years ago or so. When we adopted her, she was sneezey, skinny, and full of dandruff. She had been in the shelter for 4 months and no one had given her a chance—until we rescued her. When she came home with us, she seemed to be in shock and wouldn’t eat or drink anything. The first night, she was so distressed, I thought she was dying, but she pulled through and has been a joy to our family (minus Brent—he just tolerates her) ever since.
The reason we like her so much is that she is soooo cute, and soooo soft, and soooo floppy. We like floppy cats because they are easy to hold—as opposed to stiff cats that flip when you hold them like Fat Molly. Come on over to the house and we’ll demonstrate.
Anyway, I guess the reason I am writing this post is because we love Sasha so much that we hold her and squeeze her and shower her with love everyday…but Sasha really doesn’t love us back. She really is kind of stuck up—like most cats—and she really doesn’t appreciate our loving embraces. She mostly just wants what she wants and mostly what she wants is food—and sometimes she will bite us if she thinks she needs to eat.
Basically, Sasha would be fine without our love—she can take us or leave us. But we find Sasha irresistible and can’t stop loving her.
Sometimes I think God feels that way about us. He created us and thinks we are soooo beautiful, and soooo witty, and soooo irresistible (I’m not sure if He likes the floppy thing or not), but we act like Sasha and just do things the way we want to do them. Sometimes we tell God by our actions and our expressions, “I can take you or leave you—no biggie”.
This is OK for a cat, but not for us.
God keeps on loving because he finds us irresistible and he loves to hold us close. Let’s love Him back by snuggling in.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.