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“Loving From A Distance”

I looked down and saw a pair of turquoise eyes looking up at me. As I walked through the house doing chores, he followed me from room to room. Each time I stopped, so did he and looked up adoringly with those gorgeous eyes of his.  That Miney, my sweet cat, loves me, is indisputable, but behind those beautiful eyes and inspite of his love, I still see his fear and lack of trust. Each time I attempt to caress him he dashes off and watches me from a safe place. Miney knows that I am the one who feeds him  and makes sure his water bowl is full. I’m the one who gives him the special treats he loves so much.  And he loves to be in my presence as long, as I don’t get to close.

Am I like Miney, Lord? Do I love you sometimes from a distance? Do I look at you adoringly, but fearfully? Am I grateful for all that you give me,  yet run when you want to give me a special caress?

Trust! That’s what it is all about…..Miney loves me, but he just can’t bring himself to fully trust me. This breaks my heart, for he is one of three feral kittens I rescued from sure death two years ago and still he doesn’t trust me.

I was rescued too!  When I was heading down a path that led to total destruction, God reached down and changed my course. I love him so much, but I’m still working on trust.

One of these days I’m hoping that my Miney will trust me enough to curl up in my lap, like his brother and sister, Eeny Meeny and MoMo. I have a feeling that God, is saying the same thing to me. “Come on Betty. Just climb up here and let me hold you closely.”

Is He possibly saying the same thing to you?


The Warmth of the Master’s Door

In every neighborhood I’ve lived there have always been stray cats. I guess you have probably had your share of them too, as cats are very prolific and often abandoned.

Once we had a stray that started coming around. Betty asked me if I knew who owned him. My answer was no. She then commented that he looked hungry. I agreed, but then strays always look hungry. We fed him and after that he was always around. I believe that day he decided we were his “master”.

Betty began calling him Buddy. He was a big black and white mix, with an extra large head. Although he was a large cat, when he meowed it was very soft, not what you would expect from such a large Tom cat.

Each morning we fed him before we left for work. He would be waiting in the front yard by our lawn furniture. We would pour the food into a dish and each morning we would place it a little closer to us. He would venture closer, but not close enough for us to touch him. His fear was obvious.

As time went on we continued to show him our love by feeding him twice a day and talking gently to him. However, he was still afraid. His “master” wanted to hold and reassure him that he was safe, but he would have nothing to do with that.

Time passed and soon it was early winter and the temperature had dropped. We tried to get Buddy to come inside where it was warm, but he still didn’t trust us enough. With each passing night it became colder.

One morning I opened the door and there was Buddy asleep against the door. I startled him and he ran away. I realized that he was leaning on the door because it was warm. Buddy could have enjoyed the warmth of the “master’s” house. He could have slept on the “master’s” carpet. He could have laid at the foot of the “master’s” bed. But no, poor Buddy was so afraid that all he could do was receive the limited warmth from the “master’s” door.

Buddy was afraid because he did not fully know the “master”. He didn’t trust the “master”, even though the “master” sustained his life with food and water. I was like Buddy, not willing to enter into all God had for me and not trusting in His Love. I too, because of my lack of trust, was satisfied with just the warmth of the “Master’s” door.

I saw myself in Buddy and remembered the scripture, “Draw near unto God and He will draw near unto you”. And when He does, he swings His door wide open and all we have to do is walk in and receive all He has for us. It’s our choice. Do we lean on the “Master’s” door or lay on the “Master’s” bed?

Shalom, Steve

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