High Ground

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves (Philippians 2:3)

There are several reasons why Eliezer the cat likes cars. The roof of a car offers a smooth, comfortable, sun-warmed surface that is especially suitable for napping. From this height, he can monitor his surroundings even with his eyes mostly closed. The height gives him a feeling of safety, and resting is always easier when one feels safe. The elevated rooftop gives Eliezer a tactical advantage over any would-be adversaries. He can look down on anyone who approaches. Yes, cars are made for cats; about that he has no doubt.  

Although people much prefer to be in their cars rather than on them, they tend to seek the high ground for much the same reasons cats do. People often strive with one another for an advantage. A high perch makes them feel safe. Looking down on others appeals to human nature.  

Children may play “King of the Mountain” on a sand pile, but grownups are apt to play a more sophisticated version of the same game. A favorite ploy in this game is to introduce some criticism by mentioning that “people are talking.” This puts the critic on the high ground, implying that he has the backing of others for his criticism. Of course he must be careful not to specify whom he heard talking or how many were involved; his position on the high ground will be much more secure if he lets the other person imagine the worst. This is but one of many ways people put others down to elevate themselves.  

When Eliezer seeks the high ground, he is obeying his God-given instinct. God’s Word shows people a better way.  

Let thy grace, Lord, make me lowly, 
Humble all my swelling pride; 
Fallen, guilty, and unholy, 
Greatness from mine eyes I’ll hide. 

From Paws on My Porch, by Gary Miller
© 2015 TGS International, PO Box 355, Berlin, Ohio 44610
Used by permission 


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