I tend to be sentimental. And I tend to keep items that have touched me. For example, I have birthday cards from my grandparents who are in heaven, the plastic matching numbered bracelet I had to wear when my daughter was born to prove I was her father when she was released from the hospital, and miscellaneous momentos from different trips I have taken. And I have so many drawings, scribbles, artwork, pictures, and refrigerator art made by the kids that the box is overflowing.
Among these sentimental items are several homemade Valentine’s Day cards my wife lovingly made for me. Each one is special and reflected creativity and uniqueness that is all her. They are special which is why I have kept them throughout all these years (and they have survived all the “let’s throw everything out that we don’t need” efforts led, ironically, by my wife).
So this morning imagine my anger and distress to find them smelling – not of her wonderful perfume – but of a male cat’s pee. Yes, one of our pet cats peed on my sentimental Valentine’s Day cards. I was very upset and wanted to kill the useless cat (especially since he doesn’t carry his weight by catching mice, so in my opinion he is worthless).
Except something came to me during my morning devotions. I was reminded of the verse where it says we will all return to dust. All of us and everything. We are not to put our trust or faith in that which does not last. Which leads us to the only thing that will last – God’s love for us. And in my prayer I was thankful that, while cats may pee on sentimental items, people may die, loved ones may pass away, this world as we know it will be no more; God’s love is everlasting, unconditional and forever.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,…. – Ephesians 3:17-19
…..Dan at aslowerpace dot net