"The LORD will always guide you and provide good things to eat when you are in the desert. He will make you healthy. You will be like a garden that has plenty of water or like a stream that never runs dry." Isaiah 58:10-12

14 March 2015

Lessons from My Cats

Some days I wish I had the life of my cats. Okay... I know that sounds weird. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that some days I wish I could be more like my cats.

A stranger who happened to casually observe my Tobias and Theodore might say that they're lazy or spoiled (no to the first, yes to the second). They are far from lazy. Why do I say this? Because they excel at doing the things that God created them to do: hunting (bugs, mice, strings,  moths, various invisible critters), soothing people with their purring and providing household security. Yeah, you'd better believe they let me know whenever someone - be they two-legged, four-legged, or winged - comes into the yard or onto the porch! They're also passed masters at sleeping. Some folks equate this with laziness, but I believe it's more of a therapeutic practice. A sleeping cat spreads feelings of calm and relaxation to everyone that encounters him or her.

Theo and Tobi do all of these things very well. They also don't waste time trying to be something God didn't create them to be. (Okay, they occasionally get into the kitchen garbage like a dog, but that's only when there's something especially tempting such as chicken bones in there.) They trust me to feed them, clean their litter box, protect them and take care of them. They know that I love them.

So, how would I like to be more like my cats? I'd like to spend more time focusing on being the woman God created me to be and less time comparing myself to others.

I'd also like to use the talents and abilities He gave me more, and not waste them.

Finally, I would like to be more consistent in trusting God to take meet all my needs. He has never let me down and has blessed me more than I could ever ask or deserve. I'm going to take a lesson from my cats  and sit in God's lap for a while.