Herding Cats… Literally!

As a mom of three very young kids, I can attest that much of my time is spent making sure that they don’t hurt themselves. Which is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, there are some days (including today!) where I am sure the entire survival of the world rests on my shoulders, with the amount of difficulties that I encounter on a day-to-day basis. And very often, I feel like I am herding cats.

So! It was with amusement that I came across this artwork today!

Noah's Family Assembling Animals before the Ark, by Jan van Kessel II, c. 1660. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Noah’s Family Assembling Animals before the Ark, by Jan van Kessel II, c. 1660. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

This picture is of Noah’s family trying to get all the animals together so they can survive on the ark. Just look at them! There’s a boy with a stick chasing after a herd of various sheep and goats… and those are domestic animals which are probably easier to herd onto a boat than the rest of those wild animals!

Speaking of animals, take a look at all the animals that you can see! Count them, if you like. Aren’t there a lot of them?

Also, just in case the enormity of getting all of these animals in one ark doesn’t strike you, look! At the forefront, there are leopards and lions. Cats! Big cats, mind you, but I am pretty sure that only makes it worse. And then you have Noah’s family, who are hopelessly outnumbered, herding all these animals with sticks and ropes into the tiny confines of the Ark.

So, yeah. Having three kids under the age of four is pretty difficult, as strangers in the grocery store are quick to remind me. But hey! If God can trust a handful of people to build and then fill an ark full of every single beast that ever existed, even if they were totally outnumbered, there’s hope for all of us parents!

Now, excuse me while I run and cuddle the baby… she just woke up! 😉

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of three, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer

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