Just another traveler on life’s highway hanging out in the slow lane. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Beyond the horizon is rest calling my name. Green pastures, still waters, my cup overflows.
My cat, Max, and I are very similar. He looks for his food bowl when he’s hungry, he toilets himself when necessary, he washes himself whether he needs to or not, and he looks for human companionship when lonely. The one thing which I wish he could learn is to brush his teeth every day. I haven’t given up – even Max is still a work in progress.
Actually, Max is better at some things than I am. He always manages to find time for several naps during the day and, coolest of all, he finds the tiniest sliver of sunshine in the front room of the house to bask and replenish from a tough day of doing nothing. I’m envious.
“Just living is not enough….one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen
Max has no idea what a joy he is in my life. He simply does what cats are created to do. Same with the flowers in the fields, the birds in the air, animals in the woods, pelicans, alligators, fish. Only humans seem to stumble and trip over the meaning of man’s place in the world.
There is much we could learn by sitting on a park bench, hiking in the woods, watching a sunset or a pelican fishing for dinner. God gave us innumerable examples of what was intended for us if we would simply be still and observe His other creatures.
My cat, Max, hasn’t given up on me yet. He still meows when he’s got something to share, purrs when he’s at peace, and lies in the sun where life is wonderful. So much wisdom to gather from God’s creation. I wish I were not such a slow learner.