April 27, 2015
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. By today, I have organized nearly every room in our entire apartment. We now have the most organized apartment in the building, probably the block! I’ve been tempted to clean, start a new knitting project, begin reading a new novel, and start a new sewing project. Since our place gets regularly cleaned, I’d probably stick with starting new projects first. I’m listening to my favorite music, favorite stations on Pandora, and my favorite: favorite comedian Brian Regan. 🙂 Any Brian Regan fans out there?? He is hilarious!!! But my husband is extremely more hilarious. I sometimes tell my husband that he should’ve taken up theater in college to be a comedian. He would have had so many hits.
Anyway, I’m getting away from this week’s main point, haha. So needless to say, I have plenty of spare time lately. And I’ve been doing a lot of praying and pondering about life, fear, faith, God, and worry. I’ve been making it a point daily on every morning, and I strongly encourage all of you to do the same, to read morning devotionals on my iPhone’s Bible app. Then, afterward, I pray for a while, and it brings me such comfort and peace. God knows the current struggle I’m fighting through, and I read about his goodness, power, love, wrath, anger, and forgiveness that I read in His Word. Then, as I do my projects throughout the rest of the day and stay alive through my struggle until my husband comes home, I am encountered by another blessed reminder: my cats.
Now for those of you who have read my blog posts for a while, you know very well that I have two cats: Lefty and Felix. Lefty is a white tabby whose left feet are all white compared to his right legs, which explains the name. Lefty is three years old, but older than Felix, who will be two years old in June. Felix is completely black, with a few white spots on his chest, a toe, and abdomen. Lefty is long and lean, whereas Felix is short and stout. They are both naughty kitties. They’re very sweet and adorable, of course, but they are very naughty. They get into everything. We keep the office door closed unless my husband and / or I are in there, with the garbage cans inside there (one from the kitchen, one for the office only), because they are garbage raiders. Felix used to climb up walls and scratch them up. Lefty has destroyed countless phone, headphone, and Wii cords through biting through them completely. He is a cord lover, no matter how many times we’d tried to keep them away from him, although thankfully we’ve gotten much, much better at hiding them.
Let’s see, what else?
Felix is a hog. At his last vet appointment, the vet said that he needed to lose a few pounds. Well, that’s difficult when he’s a food raider. We’ve become much, much smarter since we got him, so there’s hardly ever any food. Guess who is in the kitchen when we’re cooking food, even if it’s only coffee? Felix. When the dishwasher is full and we’re left with putting dishes upside down in the sink, who’s in the sink seeing if he can find the tiniest food crumb? Felix. One time I left my cereal on the counter and turned my back for only a second….well, you get the idea.
But one thing I’ve come to realize not just since we rescued Lefty and Felix from the animal shelter but increasingly lately, is that no matter the destruction and mischief they get into, those two never have a worry in a world. Oh, they may beg for their dinner two hours before it’s due to arrive, but you know that they aren’t worried about receiving their dinner. They just want it, haha. They don’t worry about if one day my husband and I will one day throw them out on the streets with nothing, or if we’ll stop feeding them, which of course will never happen. They never doubt our love and affection for them as they cuddle on our laps and purr, a big tabby smile on each of their faces. They look at us for guidance and direction in their lives, but they never have a fearful bone in their body.
Sometimes I think about their previous lives before we’d found them, how it might’ve been for them before some good soul individually took each of them and put them into the animal shelter to get adopted. I wonder how scary the world had been to them, being on those cold, dark streets, scrounging for food in dumpsters and alleyways, their fur grungy and smelly. No doubt they must have worried about if and when they’d receive their next meal, or if they’d make it to the next day. They’d dash from oncoming cars, maybe even crave a human being’s tender attention, looking for a better life on a constant basis. Winter would come, and they’d probably worry about freezing to death or finding a warm place to spend the night. It makes my heart grieve just thinking about it.
We all should be like our animals, whether it be a cat, dog, etc. They’re our pets, and they’re in a loving, honorable home where they’re constantly loved, sheltered, provided for, protected, and given affection. Just like us. They never have a single worry in the world, because they trust us. We should be the same way toward God! This deep, constant trust never fades, and that’s the same trust that we should have in God and in our burden-full situations. Someway or another, even though we may not understand it, God will bless everything to work out in His own good timing. He will bless us in countless ways. We need only to be patient and trusting. Why worry when God has it all under control?
Folks, I hope you won’t mind these blog posts I’ve been giving lately, but they’re as much of an encouragement and comfort to me as I hope they are for you. So today, if you’re struggling with something, don’t worry. Think like a cat! Just trust that your Master will provide for you and take care of you. You need only be still and wait for Him. 🙂
By the way, my sister wrote about me in her most recent blog post at her own blog. You may enjoy this link here 🙂
Have a blessed and wonderful week, everyone 🙂 Let me know if there’s anything I can pray for you by email or social media, and I totally will 🙂 In the mean time, I’ll be praying for good news, for both of us! 🙂