Yesterday I watched a 10-month-old baby see a cat for the first time. She sat up straight, held her breath, barely blinked, and looked back at mom to see if she was seeing this previously unknown creature, too. She was truly in awe. A common house cat caused a holy moment.
I thought more about this moment and wondered how many other marvelous things have become mundane. We assume the sun will rise again tomorrow, and it does. We wish away the heat of the summer, then complain about the chill of the winter. We forget the mystery surrounding a plump, segmented, crawling caterpillar that morphs into a weightless, graceful, fluttering butterfly. We become bored with the grandeur of thunderstorms and mountains, the beauty of a cotton candy sunset, the precision of the hummingbird, and minute details of the anatomy of a simple flower. We crave more clamor to distract us from the stress of our day rather than acknowledging the holy around us.
Imagine fearlessly watching an unknown creature–something your size and weight– walk past you and becoming fully captivated, never wondering if it will hurt you, just enjoying the moment. Imagine being awed by a common house cat.
May we slow down and marvel at the seemingly mundane with fresh eyes.
May we recognize the Creator’s reflection in each of his designs.
May we respond to a holy moment when we see it.
May we applaud such precise workmanship.
May we be awed by a common house cat.
“Let the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 91:1)
“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens… when I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:1,3–4)