11.26.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Lesson From My Cat


PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• If you meet me in person, there are three things you’ll learn pretty quickly.

  1. I love Jesus
  2. I love coffee
  3. It wouldn’t take a lot of effort for me to morph into a crazy-cat-lady.

I absolutely love cats.
I don’t talk about it on the blog much because let’s face it — cats aren’t that great a model for obedience, trust, and loyalty.
But I was hanging out with my cats last night (I have three) and thinking about their different personalities.
Gable is a bully.
He’s the youngest, but he’s huge and picks on the others.
Vivien Leigh is the oldest and she is just mean and cantankerous.
And then there’s Henry in the middle.
Henry is small, sweet, and shy…
And he’s my special one.
He’s the one who cuddles with me and the first one I pick up.
And when I pick him up, he clings to my shoulder…
And I have the claw marks to prove it.
He knows I’m not going to drop him, but he digs in and latches on to the point that I have to reach around and unclench his claws from my back/shirt.
This morning, as I rubbed my freshest scratch marks, I couldn’t help but think of Henry’s almost desperate clinging and how actually, I can find a faith-based example from a cat.
In Joshua 23:8, it says, “But you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day.”
God has promised to never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:8) and He is always trustworthy (Numbers 23:19).
Though we have the promise that He will never leave us, we have a tendency to drift away from Him…
As imperfect people, we can be easily distracted and get caught up in the daily minutia of our lives.
We can forget to include God in all the details.
That’s why we are told to cling to Him.
It’s not for His benefit, but for ours.
Because when we hold tight to God, it’s harder to drift…
It’s harder to be tempted by distractions…
Because when we cling to Him, we remember how He wants to be involved in the details.
Today, as you pray, thank Him for never leaving you and for being trustworthy.
And ask the Holy Spirit to help you cling to God so that you aren’t tempted to drift, but know that you are close to Him and close enough to invite Him to be part of every detail of your life.

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