Cold Little Kitty

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During the first ice storm we had a few weeks back, a cat come to our back door and meowed very loudly to help him. Everything was ice and he was cold and seemed to have nowhere to go.

“Meow, feed me! Help me!” he cried! So I/we did.

And we also created a kitty bed to protect him from the cold. Hey remember, it was the week of below zero and sub-freezing weather!

Since Then

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, we have a new friend. The cat is very skittish and not trustful. He is not a domesticated cat, just a wayward one. They call them feral cats. At first, he would only eat outside and he would run if there was any movement within 10 feet – even if we were behind our patio door.

I started to try to get close to him and at first he would have none of it. “Meow, just feed me!” and he would hurry off and run from us when his belly was full.

As each day passed, he would try to trust us just a little more. We’ve moved the food inside and he is coming in to eat. But he quickly scampers out once he’s full or if there’s any sudden sound or movement.

He’s curious and seems to want to want to know us, but he’s just not sure.

About a week ago, he came further inside to look around a bit and to familiarize himself with more of who we are and what we’re all about. I gently closed the door while he was in the other room. He didn’t freak out, but he was increasingly concerned he wasn’t in control anymore. I opened the door back up to see if he’d dart out immediately, but he didn’t.

He sat in the open door—inside the house looking out and meowing.

I said, “you have a choice little one.” It’s baby steps, and the choice will be his to love us and except us or not.

He has free will, just like our Father gives us.

Just Like Us

I began thinking of our Heavenly Father and His relationship to us as I compared our relationship to this wayward cat. All we want to do is give this cat food, shelter, protection and love. Just like our Heavenly Father desires for us.

The cat eats our food, but then hurries away when it’s belly is full.

Are we like that? Do we go to our Sunday church service, and feed on His Word (that was prepared and given to us) and then hurry home and forget about Him until the next Sunday or the next crisis when we go looking for Him?

And what about trust? Are we wayward in heart, not sure whether to trust Him with our lives and ultimately our hearts? Do we fear a loss of control?

You see, our Heavenly Father wants, desires to feed us, love us, and take care of us. His door is always open to us, it never shuts. It’s us that don’t come in. Instead, we just put up with the dire circumstances we find ourselves in.

The choice is ours. The choice is always left to us.

He Desires Relationship

We need to familiarize ourselves with Him. Snoop around in the Word. That is how we’ll get to know Him. Really know Him. What does He say in His Word to us? What are His promises? One of them is, He promises “…to never to leave us or forsake us.” — Deut. 31:6

He is always there, always standing at the door – waiting for us to come in from the cold. Wanting us to come in… “Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live…” — Deut. 30:18

The Lord God loves you. He knows you and He’ll meet you where you are. Ask Him. Seek Him, and I promise, you’ll find Him.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” —  Luke 11: 9 (NLT)

Trust Him with your heart. Come in from the cold. He’s there waiting to love you.

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