I had a very strange conversation with a dear friend yesterday. Because of the heat, she has put a kiddy pool in her back yard for her dogs to play in. My brain goes in all kinds of directions; I thought it was funny: a kitty pool for dogs. A little annoyed that I thought it odd to buy a kiddy pool for her dogs, she said “they need to be able to cool off, and they love to splash, you know, a small pool for children, a kiddy pool!” Still laughing I said, “a small pool for kittens, a kitty pool – for dogs!” If it has to be explained, it kind of loses it humor.
I think in part, that’s what this scripture is about. Often times the power of God’s word is lost on us because, quite frankly, we don’t know what it is. A few stories of the Bible may be at least a little familiar, we saw the movie, but we don’t have a context for the wisdom, word or intent. “God so love the world, that he gave his only son. . . “(John 3:16) God wants us to live in grace, joy and love. Kitty pool, for dogs – still not funny!!