My poor, poor cat. She's cycling in and out of her misery again. And yes, yes...I'm going to get her spayed...just as soon as I get back from New Orleans - we have an appointment for next week at the vet. But on the bright side, she has taught me a thing or two in the last couple of weeks.
The other night, as I was watching her wallow around in her fleshly desire, miserable and unable to get any relief - it dawned on me. That must be how I look to God when I get all caught up in my own desires and want to feel sorry for myself. Not a pretty picture, is it? Except I'm not an animal, so there's really no excuse for me. Ugh.
Instantly, my disgust for her behavior changed - and I began to feel the tiniest bit of compassion for her. (Not that I know how it feels to be in heat, mind you, but I do know misery and the frustration of not getting something you really, really want)That was when I made the decision to call the vet and (gulp!) no matter what the cost was, have her spayed. ($87, thank you. And you can contribute to the cause here, if you so desire.) She is dependent on me to do the right thing by her, much like I am dependent on God to do what His Word says He'll do. It's that whole Faith thing again...without it, you just can't please Him.
Which brings me to my next point. Petitions.[To make application to a higher authority, as to a court of law] She has been consistent in her petitions for relief from her malady. Her prayers have been fervent and effectual - can I say the same for myself? How many times a day do I bring my petitions to the Lord? Do I remind Him of His promises and truly stand on His Word? James tells us that "the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." More than that, those fervent prayers are faithbuilders for me. It's not like God needs to be reminded of His awesome power, but maybe I do.
Cats are such funny creatures - and ours is no exception. She is at the end of her cycle and will soon forget the last two weeks. But the frustration of dealing with her these last two weeks have done more to shape me as a Christian than you could possibly imagine. Crazy, isn't it? The things you can learn from a cat?