On Perception


I watched a merry, sweet Sea Otter in a pool in Lisbon, giving himself the rub of his life! Sometimes gently and sometimes a real hard rub here and there. Sometimes in smooth circles around his face and at other times with rigour behind his ears and around his belly.


It was fascinating to watch him and I felt frozen in the moment. A board nearby informed me that the Sea Otter spends most of his time rubbing himself, as he does not have any fat reserve under his very furry coat. He rubs himself to generate enough warmth to beat the cold and to stay warm.  And I am sure he enjoys the rub too!


I couldn’t get over that sight. I had to talk to Christ about it. I wondered if He saw meaning in what that Sea Otter was doing all day?! God had surely not forgotten to give the Sea Otter a layer of fat! I sensed that God had designed and created this lovely creature for a couple of things only, namely, rubbing, rubbing, rubbing. foraging, eating and then rubbing, rubbing, rubbing himself allover again!


I believe that it gives God immense joy to watch his Sea Otter rub and forage and eat and rub, rub, rub himself all day long and it gave me such joy watching him as well. What a  Sea Otter of a life he has! 


There is meaning in being and doing what God has created you for. The Bible says that above all else we have been created to know Him and to love Him with our whole heart, mind, body and soul.  And if I were to spend the rest of my time here on earth learning and doing just that, it would do. He will approve. It will give Him immense joy. I will be fine. I will meet Him one day.


“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

— WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.








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