Learning Lessons from Frantic Cats

Learning Lessons from Frantic Cats

The Lord has seen fit to bless me with three cats.  They are a great source of laughter and love in our home.  Because they have a tendency to overeat, I split their food into four meals which are given consistently at four times each day.

I am convinced that cats can tell time.  They know exactly when the magical food-dispensing moment is drawing near.  During the half hour before feeding time, the cats will frantically lead me toward the food container as I walk past it.  When that doesn’t work, they stand beside the food plate and meow with a pitiful cry.  As a last resort they use their bodies as ankle-brushing obstacles – attempting to trip me as I walk near the food. 

I see them work themselves into a state of anxiety and I want to tell them, “Calm down. I will feed you in 20 minutes.  Getting yourself upset will not change a thing about my plan.”  I will give them their food at the right time, but they are convinced it will only arrive if they work hard enough to coerce it out of me.  

It is easy to laugh at my funny cats, but I wonder how often my behavior with God is just like this?  There is something that I want, something that I know God can give me, and I think it should come NOW.  I scramble, plead, worry, and fling myself toward the solution – but am I really only upsetting myself for nothing?  God is going to follow his plan on his timetable whether I work myself into a frenzy or not.  This reminds me of a favorite verse:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; - Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV)

When I give a situation to the Lord, I need to remember to relax and continually put my trust in Him in that area. If I trust in the Lord with my entire heart, there shouldn’t be room for anxiety.  Just in case I forget this, I have a reminder four times each day – as I trip over my cats.