As I was thinking about those cats this morning, I began to think about mice and God. I know, a little strange but true, allow me to explain what the Lord began to show me. The cats have a place in our home, just like the Bible has a place in our home. We have always believed that our cats were going to work for us. We believed they were going to protect our home from mice and other little critters. In the same way, we believe God is going to work for on our behalf too. We believe that God is going to protect us from the “nasty critters” of life, such as hurt, sorrow, disappointment, failures, etc. But, here is the deal; we have mice. Somehow, they are sneaking in, right past those cats, while they are lounging in their cozy chairs, sleeping the day away. And even with a Bible placed upon our shelf, we are forced to face circumstances that are painful. At times, we are hurt, lonely, depressed and feel defeated. We need to face loss and suffering, pain and sorrow. Somehow, those pests are sneaking right past the Word and causing trouble for us. Now, it is clear, we have a choice to make.
Without taking any action ourselves, we could “wish” the cats would do their job, catch the mice and keep them from coming back. Or Pat and I could spring into action. (Ok, truth is, Pat would be the one taking action, as it is rather disgusting to me, but on we go with the story.) So, we decided we needed to stop the infestation before the mice began their victory dance. It was time for the traps to be set. I see a similarity with how God has worked in my life. There have been times when I have “wished” my situation would change by the simple hand of a miraculous God. And there have been times when He has worked on my behalf, with very little effort of my own. But, the reality is, wishing doesn't change anything, usually I must do my part. I have needed to be willing to set the traps and go to battle for my victory. I have had to change my pattern of speech, my beliefs, or my behavior and thought process in order to change my circumstance.
Often, I had expectations of God based upon a few stories I had learned in Sunday school and my own desire to see Him as I wanted. Not as how He actually is, but, as I determined Him to be. I was desperate for my prayers to be answered, but came up discouraged over and over again. That is, until I began to understand God’s ways. I had to take my Bible off the shelf and begin to read for understanding. I had to be faithful to sit under Pastor’s and teachers who taught the Word in truth and give myself to learning about Him. Proverbs 19:8 says; “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good” (NKJV).
Unlike our cats, which obviously don’t care one bit about the mice we took out, God does care. He wants us to have victory and He has provided us with everything we need for that to happen. Take the Bible down, begin to seek Him with all your heart and then, do your part. Set the traps and stop the infestation before you are taken out by those critters.
“For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help” (Psalm 22:24, NLT).
oh, and in case you are wondering, here are the two lazy cats, Ash and Sweets, enjoying their naps. And just so you know, Sweets climbed over a mouse trap to make her bed in the closet. ;)