Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
On my 70th birthday, my church family got me a most extraordinary gift: a hairless (Sphinx) cat. I had seen one several years earlier at the home of a family member and just loved it. What a strange and quite wonderful creature! Some folks don’t like these cats because they have no hair. None! They have enormous ears and luminous green eyes. They are just magnificent. Hairless cats have the temperament of a dog, that is, they come running when you call, they like pampering and develop quite unusual personalities. So here came this four-month old critter into our lives.
Holding a hairless cat is not unlike holding a chamois – you know, the animal skin used for drying a car. So that’s what we called him: “Shammi!” His official name on the breeder’s docket is Chamois Suede Betzer. Honest! Now Shammi is an attack cat, somewhat like Peter Seller’s weird helper Kato in the Pink Panther movies, if you remember. He pounces at you from the strangest places. He’s not much of a “guard-cat” though. At night, while we watch television, Shammi jumps up on one of our shoulders, curls himself around our necks and is gone for the night, sound asleep. Strangest thing – Shammi craves human touching. How can you not like an animal like that? And weird looking or not, I think he’s just gorgeous with his tuxedo markings.
You know, God created a magnificent world. Little Shammi has helped me just slow down a bit to enjoy it. We go so hard that we sometimes miss the wonder all around us. We tend to forget or neglect many aspects of life that can bring us joy and laughter. Like the purring of a hairless cat, draped sound asleep over your shoulder.
Prayer: O God, don’t let me get so busy today that I neglect Your creation all around me. Help me be observant to all the wonders You have made, a grove of trees, a garden of bright flowers, the marvel of a flying bird, the touch of a snowflake, the laughter of a child. And let me remember that You made me and redeemed me – and You love me. Amen.