My cats are wannabe escape artists
They dream of being outside cats,
but they’re not.
That does not stop them from trying though.
Every day when my wife and I get home,
they try to get out.
Sometimes, they double-team us,
figuring with our attention divided
they could finally succeed.
Sometimes they get out as far as the porch
as if utterly awestruck at their own accomplishment.
They have tried this enough times
that finally the day came
where one of them managed to escape detection,
slipping past us into the front yard.
My wife was the first to notice, but not until the following morning.
She walked around the house with a can of tuna,
then outside the house.
Finally the cat appeared, covered in cobwebs while trying to seek shelter
from the elements.
We’re not all that different from out feline friends.
We go against ourselves, telling ourselves we are this or that
when we’re not.
God entertains us for a time,
but eventually the truth hits the fan.
And we wander back a little wiser,
with our own tale of woe to tell.
Still, God is patient and kind and has a can of tuna ready.
We’re His after all.
He always is glad to see us return.
Nature inspires awe simply by being itself.
You can do the same.
Because you are.
Don’t hold back.
Gimme all you got.
If you wanna show the world
who you are,
you gotta break passed the barriers.
So, bring it on.
I think it’s funny: we believe our deficiencies disqualify us from official ministry. Yet, God is not interested in our lack. Sometimes musicians will make intentional “mistakes” in their tracks just to prove it wasn’t a pre-recorded track. Some of the most valuable collectors items are the ones with a flaw in the casting.
Yes, we are called to remove impurities from our souls; but, many of the things that distinguish us, that make us unique, are the things we most often want to hide. God knows who we are. Our task, as humans, is to find the same, to celebrate it, and to toast to the Maker who crafted us this way.
We call it the drop:
that moment where you shed all your stuff
of how you think you should be and how you should act and how you should sound
and you just trust yourself and listen to your body and the company you’re with
and it’s like a burden lifts off your soul and you drop comfortably into yourself,
Those are the moments we strive towards,
the moments that keep us going.
There is a “yours,” a “mine,” and an “ours”
All are beautiful in their own sense,
and all the more so when you find balance between
Thin skinned, thick skinned
Tanned skinned, freckled
No matter who we are, we all share the same
and bear the opportunity
of choosing we let in
beyond soft outer walls.