Most of us have heard the old saying: “Curiosity killed the cat.” Having been privileged with the company of cats my whole life, I think that is an unfair rap. Do they take curiosity to extremes? Absolutely, but almost never beyond their ability to handle it.
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The idea for this post came at the crossroads where writing the “R U a Sanctuary” post and the entertainment of our growing kitten meet. If you have read the post, you know I address the issue of Humble Worship. In discussing the quote from Matthew 18 where Christ talks about “the little child” we discuss what that really means and how that child is open and eager to learn. So, that is one of the roads. The other is a kitten named Yalena, nicknamed Yala, that joined our family a couple of months ago. Now Yala is not just a kitten, she is a Siamese kitten, and not just a Siamese kitten, but a seal point Siamese kitten. For those who know, the difference between a kitten and a seal point Siamese kitten is like the difference between a Bic lighter and a raging bonfire. Whatever an average kitten has, multiply by ten. These are the crossroads, the circumstances colliding in this post.
Over the days taken to write a post like R U a Sanctuary, Yala is a near constant companion. In fact, when my eyes and fingers have enough computer time for the day, Yala is still there. At every snack break, stretch break and potty break, Yala. When it’s time to relax, go to bed and sleep, Yala. What this means is a lot of time observing Yala, and, on this occasion, that gave me “Just a Thought.”
Yala sure does the old saying justice; man is she curious! There is nothing that she sees, hears, or smells that she doesn’t have to investigate. Nothing is too subtle to be beneath her attention. If there is something she doesn’t know, she is eager to learn. And that was it. The moment when it hit me, “eager to learn.” This is what I had just been writing about in the post. What a revelation! If we would just follow Christ’s instruction and be that little child, what we could learn. But even more, if we could be that little child with The Curiosity of Yala, what couldn’t we learn? Is there anything God could show us, tell us, or let us experience that we wouldn’t want to investigate? Could anything God has to teach us be too subtle to demand our absolute and immediate attention? If we were half as “eager to learn” as Yala, what wonders would be revealed? I realized in that moment that while Curiosity and the Cat may have a dubious future, Curiosity has endless possibilities for the Life of a Christian!
© Scott A Caughel 11/20/2017