Friday, May 30, 2008
Yesterday, I saw my sweet kitty Tiger sitting on his perch. Looking outwards, I wondered to myself, what is he thinking about? He looked so pensive. You see, he is a cat we rescued over 6 years ago from the Michigan Humane Society. Along with our sweet calico Clhoe, they were 10 and 8 months old. Both very frighted and very weary of who we were. It would break my heart when I'd go to pet Tiger, and he'd flinch. He would stay far away from us and just watch, no purring, nesting or anything. We think he was abused. He just had no trust of us. Now, we did marvel because he seemed to bond with our daughter who at the time was 10 years old. He would go into her room and sleep on her bed all day while she was gone. Or yowl for her when she was not home.
Fast forward now, 6 years later...he is a changed cat! He purrs, he plops to be petted, he wants to be near us and talks with us about what he wants. He simply trusts us. He knows we love him, feed him and care for his every need. But the biggest change we have seen...he no longer sits and watches, he comes by us now and sits down right beside us. Something that has taken him many years to do.
So that got me to thinking this morning. Simply Trust...in Proverbs 3:5,6 it says..."Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not onto your own understand. In ALL your ways, acknowledge him, and he will direct your path." How many of us are like Tiger. We have been hurt, have been abused by friends, family or the world? Do we simply trust? or do we recoil and put out a strong arm to not let anyone near. Through my years of trusting the Lord...it is theses words that have been a constant echo in my mind. To just trust...and then the Lord will lead. And he has, over and over again. Though I may get weary of the day to day grind...I am ever mindful, that it is MY Lord who is constant and is leading and sustaining me during it all. I know I can SIMPLY TRUST Him.
So how does God build that trust in Him, in us? Well I'd like to share a conversation I had with my this morning with my sis. She was sharing with me how she had paid her bills the other day, and then realized she had used 41c stamps...and of course 1 bill came back...which she of course what exasperated about. She decided she would take the bill and pay it after she went to do her work out. While she was working out, she was visiting with a gal she'd gotten to know who works there. This gal had fallen on some hard times and was sharing with my sister about all of this but was simply trusting that God would take care of her. My sister felt compassion for her and wanted to help her and offered to buy her groceries, but she declined because her son was able to get food where he worked. So being persistant, she asked what could she do to help?...and she admitted to my sis she had a bill that needed paid...and guess where it was to...the same place my sister was going to go to and pay her bill. It was then all the peices fell into place and she knew why this letter came back. Her friend told her she had just prayed about this last night! What a wonderful answer to prayer my sister was...and she was simply trusting her Lord, and allowed GOD to used her to help this gal. What a wonderful dipiction of how God says he will Simply take care of our needs! Doesn't that just give you GODBUMPS? I loved that simply trusting means GOD will always take care of our needs...and you never know how he may use you to do it!