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Posted by on May 26, 2012

A Canada Lynx as an Image of God

Instructed to select a picture that catches my eye, gaze on it for a while and see what the Holy Spirit might have for me to see in it, I am drawn to a picture of a Canada lynx and her kitten lying relaxed in a meadow of wildflowers, both with their paws resting on a log. The mother’s eyes are half-closed and the kittens’ eyes are wide open. The mother’s expression at first glance is threatening. If she were a human, I’d say she had a scowl on her face. I wouldn’t want to cross her. The tufts on her ears are pointed up and alert. The kitten, on the other hand, seems relaxed and curious.

After looking at the picture for a while, I realize the mother’s expression is that of a cat who is more relaxed than anxious or threatening. The eyes half-closed are awake and alert, but not concerned that anything threatens her kitten. The two are at peace amid the wildflowers in the spring meadow.

I look at the picture a bit longer, then close my eyes and see something more. Whereas at first glance I identified more with the mother, vigilant for the safety of her kitten, I now see myself as the wide-eyed, unsuspecting kitten, taking each day’s adventure as it comes, feeling safe and peacefully surveying my world from my secure position — resting side-by-side with my protective mother. This image of the protective mother becomes an image of my relationship with God — a God who rests beside me, peaceful and secure yet ever vigilant for my safety.

Check here to see the picture yourself.

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  1. Thanks. This is a two aspect reflection for me. It’s thoughtful–a really substantive analogy which I can use. But, it’s also a contemplative experience–a great imaginative starting point for some prayer time.

  2. I would love to see the picture but when I click the link I only get the website with a description of the picture. Do you know if there is something wrong with my filters or if I need to click on something else when I get to the wildlife photography website?
    Thanks for the help.

  3. I checked the link and got the picture of the mother and her kitten when I clicked on “here”. On the photographer’s website, the image is number 00918-06506.

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