Thur., Mar. 10/22
“MerEEOoow!” Molly screamed adamantly! The zip-top lid of the Pampers can had roused her from royal sleep, an injustice demandIng immediate recompense. A warm scoop of salmon paté with catnip treats on the side, perhaps? “MERerEEOOOoow!” she emphasized drowning out the T.V. newscaster.
“Alright, alright,” I responded, enraging her more. Such insolence from her majesty’s staff should not be tolerated! But she was much too hungry to deal with that now. The dish was ready and just as she liked it. Oh the indignities!
Entitlement — the sense that one has a right to something. A land claim perhaps? A property deed? Something to which one holds title. Britannica.com defines it as “any government-provided or government-managed benefit or service to which some or all individuals are entitled by law.” In our cat’s case I suppose she deems her rule is by monarchy. As “Felis Catus” on the Phylogenetic tree (Are you impressed?) Molly is of the Lynx family of the Leopardis group which falls under the Felidae group of the Carnivora. The Felidae group also includes the subgroup Panthera from which, as I’m sure you all know, we have the Lion family* – the KING of the Beasts!
But, The Lion King aside, we all know quite clearly that Molly is not Royalty. She is not entitled! She is a creature of a Great Creator! A wise, loving, all powerful, all present, all loving and just God. Deep down the animal kingdom knows this. “All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time,” wrote the psalmist (Ps. 104:27). Even “the young lions… seek their food from God” (Psalm 104:21). – Molly, take note.
God is in charge. He looks out for the oxen (Deut. 25:4), the sparrows (Luke 12:6), and all birds of the air (Matt. 6:26). “O Lord, You preserve man and beast,” observed David (Ps. 36:6). If anyone is entitled to obedience and praise it is Him! He is the King. The animal kingdom knows this, and so should we!
“Now behold, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every beast of the earth.” (Gen. 9:9-10).
Stop howling and be thankful!