"Falling in Love with the Prince of Life"
The other night I was settling into bed--I was pretty
tired because I had done a lot of heavy lifting that day. My
wife had gone to the other coast to visit a friend, so I was
home alone. I was looking forward to sinking into bed and
drifting off to sleep. Then I felt a little presence next to my
head. It was Lois the cat. She was a stray that we had adopted
who was still getting used to being indoors. Up until this
particular night she was not in the habit of jumping into our
bed to sleep with us. Apparently she picked this time to start,
so it was my “lucky” night. I picked her up and explained to her
that it was alright for her to sleep in the bed as long as she
wasn’t laying on me or next to me. Then I set her down on the
far side of the bed and rolled back onto my side. After a minute
or so I clunked off and was in Never Never Land.
It seemed like some time had gone by (I couldn’t tell how long,
I was asleep) when I felt that little presence pushing into me
again. I explained to Lois, this time a little bit more
forcefully, that she had to stay on the other side of the bed.
And while I was telling her this--I was pushing her--but she
wasn’t budging. Here I was, a two hundred pound man, wrestling
with a cat that couldn’t weigh more than five pounds. It took
all my strength to finally push her to the other side of the
bed. I grabbed a big sofa pillow and set it up as a barricade
between me and the cat. I knew that would keep her away from me.
I couldn’t go back to sleep now, so I sat up and my mind began
to wander. I was amazed how even a cat longs to be close to
someone, longs to be loved. I began to think how beautiful it
was that God had made a way for us to be close to Him. And how
much I wanted to see Him and be near Him.
Then--I wondered if God wanted the same thing. Does He crave to
be near us like this cat wants to be near me? Does He long for
physical affection from us in some way?
I remembered where it said in the Bible that John, the disciple
Jesus loved, leaned against Jesus’ chest at the last supper.
I also remembered going to see a performance of Jesus Christ
Superstar not too long ago. There was the scene where Mary
Magdalene anointed Jesus with oil and kissed Him and wiped Him
with her hair. And the play portrayed it in a sensual manner.
When I first saw this I was a little offended. I thought it was
wrong to portray Christ and a woman in a sensual manner. But I thought about it
long and hard and realized there was no other way to look at
this. I don’t care how you look at it, a woman kissing and
stroking a man is a sensual thing--even if this man is the Son of
God. And each time this happened to Jesus (the Bible reports at
least two occurrences, there probably were others), He did not
put a stop to it. He allowed it. He liked it. He praised the
women that did it to Him. He rebuked those that
When Jesus stood weeping over Jerusalem--realizing they had
missed His time of visitation, He said, “O Jerusalem,
Jerusalem . . . how often I wanted to gather your
children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her
wings, and you would not have it!” (Luke 13:34).
There can be no doubt Jesus enjoyed physical closeness. He
enjoyed touching, hugging, and kissing those He loved and
receiving physical affection from those that loved Him.
Knowing this, isn’t it going to be nice to run up to Jesus and
give Him a big hug when we finally see Him?
But do we have to wait until we see Him?
Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did
it to one of . . . the least of these, you did it to Me”
I realized opportunities to reach out and touch God and to show
our love to Him are all around us. Even if it’s from the
smallest of God’s creatures. But sadly too often we miss our
time of visitation because we’re too busy with more important
matters or, it’s just too inconvenient for us.
About that time Lois the cat sprang over the barricade I had
erected and then slowly looked up at me. I looked down at her
and thought for a moment--and said, “Okay Lois, just this once.”
from Falling in Love with the Prince of Life
2009 Michael J. Silberg