Thursday – Life Lessons from Tabitha
Today and tomorrow I want to focus on the life lessons I’ve learned from our pets. Before you think this is an act of nostalgia rather than one of spirituality, consider the words found in the book of Job: “Ask the animals, they will teach you; the birds of the air, they will tell you” (12:7). All of God’s creation has the potential to speak something about life, something about God. This brings us to my cat, Tabitha. She’s a rescue cat that we adopted when she was six months old. She developed a necessary habit when she was on the streets: eat as much as you can when food is present because you don’t know when you’ll eat again! Even after ten years, she still scarfs down food like it’s her last meal. The reality of her situation has changed, but her behavior has not changed with it. I know many of you don’t like cats and will chalk this up to her being a stupid animal. But I think we, as intelligent as we may consider ourselves, do this more often than we care to recognize. How many of us carry fears from past relationships into new ones or transfer feelings of past bosses to our current boss? It is always easiest to live as if nothing changes, but by doing so we miss the opportunities of letting new people and experiences shape us in unexpected and positive ways. This is where we are different than my cat. She’ll never get it, but we can!