Around here I am sometimes referred to as the “cat lady”. Not because I have so many of them, but because I talk about them. But, my cats teach me things I need to learn, about trust, fear, anxiety…
We got these cats as 3 or 4 week old kittens that had been abandoned or thrown out. Whatever happened they ended up with us. I remember once one of the kittens thought she was lost. We had gone into the kitchen and she followed. But she was playing when we left and hadn’t seen us leave. All of a sudden I heard her screaming at the top of her voice. I ran into the kitchen to find her standing stiff in the middle of the kitchen floor, screaming. Of course, I picked her up and cuddled her and she went to sleep on my lap. Another time, my husband and I were watching a movie. In the movie was a jaguar that was fighting and screaming. Both kittens had been sleeping on my lap. When they heard the jaguar, they both fled up my chest and buried themselves under my chin. They knew they would be safe.
The last incident I’ll tell you about happened recently. Both of the cats are loving, cuddly little beings. However, when taken to the vet, one of them becomes a little monster. She growls, and hisses, and swats any of the resident cats who dare to get too close. I recently discovered that she was doing this, not because she was mad, but because she was scared. I had picked her up and put her on the table to be examined. As long as I stayed beside her, she let the vet do anything she wanted. Afterwards, as I was sitting in the lobby talking and holding her, she actually tried to go to sleep. In other words, she trusted that I would keep her safe.
In our lives, we have times when we feel lost or threatened by the circumstances we find ourselves. Do you know where to turn to feel safe? In Philippians we are told to be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and thanksgiving to make our requests known to God. We are told that God will give us his peace and keep us. I know that’s not always easy to do. It’s something I struggle with. The last time I was feeling anxious, every time I thought anxious thoughts, I prayed: “Okay, God, you said I am not supposed to borrow from tomorrow. You said to come to you with my troubles, and I’m standing here. I need you.” The funny thing (or maybe not so funny) was that I could feel God’s peace. He was there holding me. I pray that as you face fearful situations in your life that you learn a lesson from the Bible as illustrated by my cats. Trust. Take your fears to God, as often as needed. He will be there.