The latest fad in Japan, so I heard this week, is Cat Cafes. I’m not sure how it works with the hygiene laws, but you can go in, have a cuppa, and stroke a cat! Apparently stroking a cat, or dog or rabbit for that matter, reduces stress. It’s part of our need for meaningful touch and to be loved. It’s particularly needful in Japan because many of the apartments don’t allow pets, and many people are living such very high-pressured lives. What is really sad in Japan, as in the world all over, is that people do not have this need met from other people.
Doesn’t your heart just go out to Leah, (Genesis 29:31-35). Her father had to trick Jacob into marrying her – a poor substitute for her sister; obviously not so good-looking, and with weak or delicate eyes. But she had two things in her favour: God had compassion on her, and she was fruitful – 4 wonderful sons who would love her.
The names she gave those four boys is interesting – God sees my misery, God hears, Attached and Praise. When we know and really comprehend that however difficult life gets, however unpopular we are, God sees, hears and knows all about it. Then when we cling to him, and praise him in spite of all, he will give us cause to praise indeed. To be loved by God and to be fruitful is not bad as compensation goes.
We all need to feel loved. That’s why clients visit a cat café. Leah desperately needed to feel loved too, and she found that Almighty God loved and cherished her deeply. I know which I would rather have. There again, who says you have to choose between the two? There’s nothing wrong in pet love. Just that it’s not enough. And that’s what folk need to know. There is someone else who loves them…