I get concerned when the tail of 0ur cat runs across the top of our couch into the bathroom. As I sat having my devotional I could see the flash of black and white and then it disappeared.
You may be wondering why I brought this up. I could write on so many other issues.
She is not to be trusted. She is a 9 year old Calico who runs this house and with deep conviction I might add. Her playful antics may have lessened with age but I have reason to wonder if she has learned to open the toilet seat while I was not looking.
Repentant that this curious feline has interrupted my conversation with the Almighty, I head for the bathroom door. She has this game she plays of running and jumping into the bathtub and just sitting there. Mind you she only does this when it is empty; bubble baths are not her style.
Her huge green eyes have a stare that glares at you with nothing but “guilt” surrounding them. She almost appears to be smiling as if she has manipulated me into thinking she has done something worthy of her sitting in the bathtub. Her wild, kitten behavior has risen to heights of being mischievous and she knows it and is quite proud of herself.
In the past I have run her out of there with the horror of thinking she is leaving her fur among other things on the tub floor but then I remember I don’t use that bathtub. It is our daughter’s so I don’t care if she sits there now.
My efforts to get a picture of this creature while in this position have proven futile. It is as if she knows I want to take her picture so she, of course, jumps out and runs around. She has played her game and she thinks she won. Well, we will see who gets the tuna later!
The moral of this story is this loud mouthed, seemingly innocent queen of the castle is not so innocent. Trust has all been lost now because the next time she does this I will wonder if she has learned how to drink out of the bathroom sink faucet.
This brings me to my point of this cat tail. Trust. I have read blogs lately of those who have lost trust in a loved one, or a friend or it was compounded by a betrayal. Believe me, I have been there and done that. And it hurts. It took God years to penetrate my thick skull into getting me to understand the reason why people do this. I certainly have not mastered the art of his advice but it has helped lessen my absolute hate towards them to being able to pray for them. You know, the one that says, “pray for your enemies.”
In the past, it took me longer to do this, but now I have such a release when I forgive them for their obvious “trust issues” that I automatically do it. Once the words come out of my mouth, “I forgive you for your constant lying and causing me to lose all my trust in you” something supernatural happens to me.
Describing it is like I almost feel sorry for them or God reveals to me their heart is really hurting so they hurt others. I would call it mercy from my standpoint that I could only have received from God. I certainly don’t carry it around in the pocket of my pants. In other words, it is unnatural for me to forgive when in the past I would have wanted to slap them upside the head. (I tried that a few times and it didn’t work.)
It is a key issue to learn how not to become offended for whatever reason. I have to catch myself or maybe I should re-word that by saying God speaks to me with his annoying little voice and says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11. Well, when he puts it that way I reply with, “OK God, why do you always get to be right all of the time?”
For whatever reason you may lose trust in someone (or in my case our cat right now) don’t start beating yourself up because of what they have done wrong or to you. That is between them and God.
Trust God. Lay it all out before him. Ask him to change your heart and in the process he just may change theirs too.
Been taken for granted?
Imagine how God feels. grantley morris