Pets are far more than they may present at first glance. Some may look on them like they see small children: messy, unpredictable, noisy, uncontrollable and hard to locate sometimes. But for those who love them, they’re constant soul companions and loving, faithful friends.
Animals point to the beauty of created things, the unlimited, unconditional love which God poured into making earth a haven for us. They are great reminders of God’s goodness toward us, bringing pleasure as well as purpose into our lives.
“The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude” ~ Robert Brault
Maybe pets could be thought of as a way in which God speaks out His faithful presence, His constant love and affection for His children. We had quite a menagerie of rabbits, cats, mice, budgerigars and hamsters when I was growing up, all of which taught me a degree of responsibility—though I confess to once zealously overfeeding a goldfish until it died!
“Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
These days we have no pets and I mourn their loss, though I enjoy a stray cat or two wandering around our garden seeking attention. Our grandson has had a whole host of animals to observe, touch and marvel over in his three short years. The haiku and photos below have come from his experiences. I tried to limit myself to three! They also link to Ronovan Hester’s inspiring poetic site and this week’s haiku poetry prompt challenge of ‘Pet and Play’.
Playing with farmyard pets
Hens scratch at pellets
Seed scattered as tiny tots
Play with farmyard pets
Cat’s hopped in a box
She’s longing to play with those
stray wisps of tinsel
Boy meets tortoise
Boy meets tortoise
Baffled by its clay-like shell
Should he pet or play?
You might wonder why I am speaking about animals in this Advent season, but they do have a large role in our lives, as well as in Nativity plays. And in our theology, we speak of Christ as the sacrificial Lamb who was slain, and the Lion of Judah when He finally comes to rule and reign.
So as you hug your pets, or simply appreciate the animals you see, maybe you can think of those things and be grateful for their presence in your life, the way they point to God’s grace in the everyday.
I’d love to hear about your pets. Do join in the conversation below…