Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Snail Who Thought He Was A Cat
Who is this snail and why is he on a fancy green glass plate? Well, A few days after I came home from the hospital, my friend called me. It was late evening and I was exhausted and ready for bed, but she told me she had something for me. What could it be? She had found a snail on her porch! Knowing that I love to take pictures of unusual things, she brought the snail inside. Oh, did I mention that my friend feeds the stray cats in the neighborhood, and this snail was on a paper plate eating the cat food? Well, she carried him in, but he seemed to be stuck on the paper plate, so she got her shiny green glass plate, put a few drops of water on it for him to slide on, and waited for Phil to run to her house and get him. Needless to say, I was energized. When I saw him, I put the plate on the kitchen table, and he stuck his neck way out and peered at me, traveling around the rim of the plate. So cute! Can you find his eyes? They are on the very tip of his long antenna! Nowadays I am a lot like my friend the snail, I must move at a snail's pace. The world may not tell us to slow down, only to rush. But slow can be a really good thing. James says that we should be slow to speak, giving us time to think first. And God is very slow to anger. I also see many more things than people who are rushing around, both the good and the bad, the sorrowful and the joyful. So let me stand back while others rush past, that's alright. If they would slow down a bit like me, they would be amazed by what they see.
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."