I was sitting on my back porch the other morning and I saw something that truly amazed and surprised me. I need to set the stage for you - our home backs up to the woods and there’s a small creek bed that runs along our property. You have to cross the creek bed to get to the woods.
Now back to the story.
I was sitting on the porch I noticed something rather large leap across the creek bed from the woods, grab a squirrel and retreat back into the woods. I was trying to figure out what I had just seen and through a process of elimination figured out it was not a house cat, rabid raccoon, small dog, grey fox nor an opossum on steroids. It was a Bobcat! (No, not the one stolen from Reflection Riding.) It was my own bobcat and it was only 30 feet away when it attacked. I went in to tell Judy and her response was; “Yeah right.” I told a neighbor, “I saw a Bobcat!” I think they imagined I had been on some medication. I called the TWRA and told them I saw a bobcat! There was silence on the other end of the phone and then the response was “Well, do not get close to it.”
(I was not planning on it.)
Often we see some strange things in this world. Often things so strange people find it hard to believe.
Then I thought of some of the strange things Jesus did. Many people found it hard to believe. It was strange to see the blind healed, the lame walking, the deaf able to hear and the dead raised to life. It was strange to see Jesus talking to women in public, hanging around tax collectors and welcoming children. It was strange to see Jesus at the transfiguration, resurrection, and ascension. There is the holy mysterious side of God that is still hard to understand and comprehend.
I thought about the disciples at Pentecost who had the Holy Spirit descend on them and they began to proclaim the glory of God in other languages. A strange sight for sure! I thought about a prominent doctor on a mission trip in Appalachia tearing out a rest room. I thought of the well-respected banker who taught first grade Sunday school class. I thought of the accountant who helped with the homeless ministry. Strange indeed to see God at work in our world! Stranger than a bobcat leaping from the woods!
Sometime this week, read Exodus 33:12-23. Moses found that GOD IS mysterious and often we can only see where God has been not where God is going. Strange indeed!
By the way, I saw the Bobcat again! Just sayin’.
Blessings on your day from the animal kingdom.
Published on Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 3:26 PM EDT