Today we welcome guest blogger Joe Kay, a writer living in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Max the cat jumped on my lap, stretched a bit, then curled in and let out a contented breath. I started rubbing his head, and he quickly turned into a tan-and-white ball of purr.
As Max enjoyed my lap, I wondered what might be going through his head. He couldn’t possibly comprehend what I was thinking—we’re just too different. Yet, at that moment, it didn’t matter. He was enjoying being on my lap, and I was enjoying having him there. That’s all.
It occurred to me: Wasn’t that moment something like the moments we share with God?
Anyone who has a pet knows that connectedness we can share with them even though we are so very different. And so it is with us and God. We can’t comprehend the divine to any great depth—our little brains simply aren’t capable of it—but that’s not what matters. Ultimately, it’s about accepting the invitation to curl up on the divine lap and let the experience change us.
If we’re being honest, often we ignore the lap. We spend much of our time immersed in our daily routine—we eat, we sleep, we groom ourselves, we chase our tails, we squabble with others—and we don’t even hear the gentle pat-pat-pat inviting us to jump up. We’re too distracted.
Some appoint themselves guardians of the lap and station themselves in front of it, judging who is worthy to belong there. Others jump on the lap but never settle in, instead extending their claws and staking a claim on the lap as their own. In both cases, they never actually curl up and let the divine hand stroke their heads. They fight each other instead of learning learn to purr.
Those who accept the invitation to settle in are changed by those wonderful moments. Lap time reminds us that we’re special, that we’re deeply loved. It makes us less inclined to squabble and get involved in all the caterwauling.
Those who spend time on the lap become familiar with the One who invites us there. They hear and respond to the pat-pat-pat. They learn to trust the voice talking to them: Come on! Jump up now! There’s plenty of room for all. Everyone is invited.
Move over a bit and make a little room for the others. Settle in and enjoy my lap. And let me enjoy your purr.
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