It’s finally time for round two of spiritual lessons from Thor! See part one here.
So, for all you Marvel fans, sorry, but this isn’t a post about learning from Thor from Asgard, (although that would be awesome!). It’s about learning from my sugar glider (equally cute and with just as many eye problems!). So without any further explanation, here are some things I learn about God from having this little boo.
Having the great pleasure of enjoying an extended spring season, the parties and gatherings that such fine weather brings, my brother coming home for vacation, and a recent work trip chock full of unexpected blessings, I’ve been thinking about gratitude a lot lately and just how good God is. So many times He just showers me with gifts I didn’t ask for, don’t deserve, or (sadly) simply don’t even notice. Beautiful weather, clouds, good food, health, the amazing network of family and friends I get to live with and love every day, the list goes on.
One of my favorite gifts on this list is Thor. As I mentioned in my last post about the subject, just looking at him is enough to make me happy. Just watching him run around my room with some worship music on or a brain-light activity is one of my favorite things, and if I ever need to find evidence of the goodness of God, I don’t have to look farther than Thor. He is the perfect pet for me in so many ways, and just watching him makes my heart swell with gratitude and fuzzy feelings.
And what did I do to deserve this little bundle of sass? Nothing. What did I do to find him? Nothing. He just popped up in my path via a kiosk in a mall of all places without my even trying. God is good like this. He is generous like this. And while His goodness and generosity are not dependent on these blessings, they are all beautiful reminders.
I mentioned this one in my last post, but I wanted to add on another layer to this based on an experience I recently had.
It went like this.
I have extremely sensitive skin. I don’t trim Thor’s nails as often as I should, and sugar gliders have notoriously poor effects on sensitive skin. Last night, being in one of his weird “rub my body on everything” moods, he was walking all over my arm, frequently digging in to maintain a good grip.
Then, because apparently he was in a hungry mood too, he bit me.
Now, he didn’t bite super hard, not even enough to break the skin, but between that and his pacing back and forth, by the time all was said and done, I looked like I had a full on rash brewing on my forearm (I didn’t). My family was of course aghast, as perhaps they should have been, but honestly, I wasn’t even that bothered. Because spending time with Thor, getting a few skin-based irritations or having to deal with the occasional nip, is worth it to me. I love Thor and I love spending time with him, no matter what.
That’s how God feels about me. Do I bite and scratch sometimes? Yes. Does that change the way God feels about me? No.
As I’ve probably mentioned before, Thor has a juvenile onset cataract in one eye (seen below when it prolapsed, flipping to the front of his eye. Don’t worry, my vet assured me it didn’t hurt.), which means he’s basically blind in that eye.
Being blind in one eye as a tiny creature means a couple of things.
A. Being extra jumpy.
B. Skewed perception/vision.
C. Bumping into lots of things.
What a great analogy for my life. And while I’d say I’m not completely spiritually blind (hopefully), and seeing better every day, I would also say that it’s a useful thing to think about in light of comparing my relationship with Thor to God’s with me. Because God knows my condition, He’s the only one who sees it clearly in fact, and He loves me anyway. He has compassion because He knows that there are some things that I still just don’t or can’t see.
I’ll admit the analogy breaks down a little when you start comparing other facets (God’s ability to heal vs. Thor’s more permanent state, physical vs. spiritual implications, moral responsibility, etc.), but I think it’s a healthy reminder to know God’s not disappointed, disgusted, or wrathful towards me when I’m just not “there” yet, that God’s not disappointed because I’m not perfect, have struggles, or flaws.
This one is obvious enough I can keep it short and sweet, but it is nice to have the perspective of a caretaker instead of the one being taken care of sometimes. Basically, there are some things Thor would like to do or get into that are bad for him. Namely eating himself to death on fruit loops, tea, or anything sweet, or chewing on things he shouldn’t.
While my vices aren’t quite as obvious or physically based, I’m the same way too. I have to steer Thor away from things that are bad for him, and well, sometimes that’s what God has to do with me too.
I’m sure there are hundreds of other lessons I could learn from Thor, but I’ll leave it at this for now. Suffice it to say I’ve learned so much from this little guy, and am so grateful that he’s an ongoing part of my life.
Thank you, God, for my little nugget. I hope he lives and teaches me more for a long, long time.
So, what about you? Do you have a pet that you learn from a lot? What do you learn? In what ways are you similar? Tell me all about them in the comments below, and if you want more content like this, don’t forget to follow me here on the blog or on social media using the links in the sidebar!