Friday, January 25, 2008

Scaredy Cat

We adopted a new cat last month. We have one cat already, but we’ve always had two. We lost one last June. The boys named our new cat, Midnight. (Yeah—very common, but a very uncommon cat.)

When we brought this cat home, she was in a new environment and timid. Understandably so, not being familiar with her new environment. She’d hide under beds, in closets, and in bureaus. Finding a totally black cat in dark places is challenging. Only when she opened her eyes and they glowed like stars could we see her.

We would pull her out, hold her and comfort her. We want her to feel comfortable in our home. Angel, our other cat, did not give her a warm welcome and often unraveled our consolations. It took a while, but Angel now tolerates her and won’t run Midnight away.

Midnight is more comfortable now and comes out to visit more often. Mostly when she knows the boys wont run up and grab her. She is a very docile cat. The kind of lap cat that I wanted. The other night when my youngest went to get in bed, she was already in it and he didn’t see her. (He has black sheets on his bed.) But when he did see her, she was lying on her back with her head on a pillow and her paws in the air. I think she’s comfortable now.

Even though she’s comfortable, I see she is still a bit timid. She’ll cower down when someone starts to walk by. She’ll dash behind a chair or wall. She still has some uncertainty in her and doesn’t completely trust yet. Angel will not move out of your way when walking by. She knows that we’ll go around her. She knows us and trusts us.

I felt a nudge from the Lord that I can be like the scaredy cat, Midnight. Though I’m a believer, read the word, have faith, and have trust in areas, I am still afraid to let HIM have full control.

I cower down when certain situations arise that I am uncertain of. Or I’ll run and hide under the bed when I don’t want to face a situation. I’ll dash around the house trying to avoid other situations.

The Lord wants me to be more certain of Him—to know Him better and completely trust Him. He wants me to be more like the other cat, Angel, that just lays there when things come at her and lets it go around her. I have to trust Him that if I face circumstances head on that He will move it for me.

Like Angel who crawls up in my lap to establish a relationship with me. The Lord wants me to crawl up in His lap and have a more intimate relationship with Him. In that relationship, the trust builds.

It is a process, but I’m learning not to be a scaredy cat and to trust in the Lord no matter what I have to face.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Blessings in Christ--

7 gracious comments:

Karen said...

II Timothy 1:7 is a verse I have been using a lot in prayer and spiritual warfare. It's such a powerful verse. I am learning that as a Believer, I can claim the promises God gives His children such as in this verse. God has given me a sound mind! So when I am feeling fear, worry, or anxiety, I can resist the enemy and claim the promise of a sound mind. It has made a big difference for me! God is so good. My prayer life is becoming more powerful. Praise The Lord!

Thanks for sharing!

MrsProverbs31 said...

What a cute cat.

Thanks for sharing Isa. 55:11 with me. It is one of my favorite verse. I claim it almost everyday in my prayers. It is a great verse.

MrsProverbs31 said...

I mean verses.

Karen H TX said...

We also have a black cat named Angel, and the boy black cat is Romeo. I remeber that verse from the "doughnut man" tapes when the boys were little. It does help when you're scared or worried or anxious.

NYC said...

Hi Shonda,

I'm a "Scaredy Cat" too!

Thank you for dropping by my blog. I enjoyed dropping by yours as well :)

marina said...

Thanks, Shonda for coming by and posting you are so bless,marina

Fran said...

One of my "biggies" right now is to surrender all to Him. Surrender every ounce of every bit of me to Him.

I pray that we can both just give it all to Him so He can bless us with courage, boldness, and confidence, and faith that our Lord will see us through.

Much love Shonda~