A Cat’s Life

10 06 2012

Everyone is always using the phrase “it’s a dog’s life” as if that were the easiest thing in the world. Since I’m not much of a dog person, I’d rather think of the kind of life my cats have.

Surprise, surprise! The more I thought about it, the more I realize, that to someone else who’s looking at me, my life is pretty similar. Maybe it’s because today is Sunday or because I’ve been reading these devotionals our pastor gave us, but I felt a little irritated when I realized the connection. You know why? Read the rant I wrote yesterday and you’ll understand that my conscience was completely having a field day.

Cat = Me

Think about all the things your cat has:

  1. A place to stay – Sure, we might have a house or rent payment, but if we live by faith, we’re trusting in God to supply these needs
  2. Food to eat – We might have to put forth more effort – shopping and cooking – than our cat does, but we have it better than they did 50 years ago
  3. Family – I have a loving husband, two great sons, a sister and brother, parents and a first cousin I couldn’t live without. My cats have no one biological, but boy do I treat them like spoiled little babies!
  4. Companionship – My life is filled with people who I can interact with. I have three cats and most of the time they growl, spit and take swings at each other (sound like any of your relationships?) Sometimes though, they’re curled up on the bed sleeping together like it’s a campout.
  5. Health Plan – My cats sneeze and I wonder if they need to go to the vet. There’s someone who the Bible calls the Great Physician that’s looking out for me with even more scrutiny.
    1. Annoyances – If you’ve ever seen a cat with tape on their paws you know what I’m talking about. They hop around, crash into things and bite at the offending matter until they can get rid of it. (Don’t try this. My husband has done it many times and it makes me mad when he does it.)
      1. Let’s face it. What problem is in your life right now? Are you jumping all over the place like a cat with tape on its foot? Just like I can take the tape off, if only the cat will let me get close enough, God will take care of your problems. Sure, his minutes might be months, but He’s right beside us all the time.

    Sure, I don’t really have a cat’s life, nor do I want one. Is my life really more difficult? Only when I forget one important fact: I have a compassionate, caring “Owner” who’s waiting for me to stop running around like a crazy cat and just come to Him for assistance.

    Unfortunately, I try out my catlike independence much too often. You know the old saying: “Curiosity killed the cat.” Do I really want to go there?




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