Are you Hungry?

 

Our small herd of animals are now bringing me tremendous conviction every morning.  My alarm clock sets off the Pavlov’s dog phenomenon in our household each morning.  We have four furry family members, two dogs and two cats.  Each morning when my alarm clock goes off their hunger kicks in.  I am a snooze button hitter and this drives them nuts.  Our fat little mixed dog starts crying and getting anxious.  Sometimes she jumps off the bed (yes she sleeps at my feet) her fat little body will not allow her to get back up so then the crying really ensues.  Our three legged lab will start jumping up and smacking me with her one front paw.  She often tries to physically pick me up with her nose.  She will bury her nose under an arm, leg or my side and dig and lift with all her might.  The cats jump up and pace on my pillow or my head.  Once I am up there is no time to go to the restroom first.  The four of them are just too pitiful.  Salivating, jumping, spinning in circles, tails wagging, whole little bodies just a shaking, panting.  They sprint toward the kitchen then come back toward my slow staggering legs.  They often turn their heads to look back to make sure I am still coming along behind them.   My husband often refers to me as “Dr. Doolittle” when he witnesses this morning routine.  Their excitement over their morning meal makes me smile.  Their excitement just recently started to bring conviction to my own spirit.

Do I get this kind of excitement within myself over being fed by God Himself!   Do I jump and spin in anticipation at what He is going to teach me through His Word each day?   Do I spring out of bed to read His word or when getting up to attend church on Sundays?   I honestly can’t say I get near as excited as I should.  Dear God help me to be more like my precious pets.  Help me to hunger for your word and to be fed by you just like my animals anticipate their morning feeding.

John 6:35 “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Larry the Scaredy Cat

tabby cat

Last Sunday my husband and two daughters set out to one of my husbands best friends country home on a mission.  The mission was a top secret one.  At least a secret to be kept from mom.  You see his friend has many cats.  With living in the country many were dumped there and he feeds them.  My husband has been wanting a cat for sometime to hang out with him in his garage and to catch mice that wander into the garage.   He is out numbered with all of the girls in our home and wanted a boy cat.  The secret was kept for about twenty four hours.  On Monday evening I went out to talk to him in his “man space” (he doesn’t like the term “man cave”)  I noticed some animal food, but was focused on our conversation so I hadn’t given it much thought.  Our small dog had followed me out to the garage and was sniffing around wildly.  Again I didn’t give that much thought because that dog is nosy and just kind of weird anyway.  When I called the dog’s name my husband realized she was there and that is when he fessed up to the newest Lucas family member’s presence.   I had to laugh when he said the cat’s name is Larry.  Larry is a fine name for a human being, but sounded hilarious to me for the cat!

This picture above is similar to what Larry looks like, but Larry is too scared to come out of hiding to be loved on let alone have a picture taken.  Larry has scratched my husbands hands and at this point is showing no signs of wanting any sort of friendship.  He comes out to eat when no one is around and dashes to hard to reach corners of the garage whenever anyone enters.  He has literally bitten the hands that feed him.  He doesn’t even come out to my “here kittykittykittykitty” call that has always worked for me when calling to feline friends.  Hopefully over time Larry will start to relax and trust that we are just wanting to show him love and provide for him.

There is another story I have been following on Facebook of a friend of mine.  A stray dog has been coming around his home and the dog has been obviously terrified.  He has been searching for the owners and has been trying to feed the terrified pup.  Over several days the pup has gone from running away if he approached her to now sleeping in a crate in his home on a fluffy warm pillow.  The dog started coming to him and eating from his hand.  He even got a “selfie” photo of he and the frightened pup looming behind him with scared puppy dog eyes.

These two animals have got me to thinking about how we are as human beings when it comes to trusting God.  We hang onto our fears, our pride, our control and cower in the shadows of our guilt and shame.  God patiently waits, calls to us, and reaches to us in so many ways.  His intent, like my husband’s and my friend’s with the cat and dog, is to show us love and to provide for us.  He longs to love us and carry us through this rough journey of life.  His greatest gift being eternal life to those who accept His gift of forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ. You see as we lay down more of our life, our guilt, our pride the more He fills us with His love.  There is no greater sense of “home” and “belonging” that I have ever known than through the relationship I have with Jesus.

As these animals lay down their fears they will find that there is a loving caregiver waiting to show them compassion and provide “home” for them.  Are you searching for “home”?

Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”