Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Continued Saga of Eeny Meeny, Miney and Mo(mo)

My heart has been so heavy since Thursday. I believe I have an inkling of understanding of how God feels when his children reject his love..........

Miney was scheduled to be neutered on Thursday, January 21, 2010, but we were unable to trap him, so it never happened. On January 3, 2010, just before the cold Artic air hit Florida, I enticed him into the pet carrier with tuna. I was so relieved, as that night the first of the icy wind arrived and remained for a week here in not-so-warm-and-sunny Florida.

He was not happy to be inside. He ran from window to window meowing loudly as he went. After awhile he would wear himself out, but as soon as he rested he would begin his frantic pacing once again. Thursday morning was the eighteenth day that he had been inside. After 18 days of being given his favorite snacks he was still no closer to being domesticated than he had been prior to January 3, 2010. No amount of "sweet talk" or treats had any positive effect on him. Hormones were driving him and nothing we did made a difference.

Steve and I decided to let him out and try again in a week or so.....That night stong rains rolled in and he was outside in the unfriendly elements once again. As of this morning, Saturday, January 23, 2010, he has not returned to eat on the patio. I'm worried...........

So often we are like Miney. God's love for us is so great that he puts up with our constant whining and shenanigans, but we continue to thwart his love. He knows what is best for us long term, but we can only see the here and now. "If it feels good we want to do it", as our 60's mantra proclaimed. And look where that got us.

Some of us, like the prodigal son, have recognized the error of our ways and returned to the Father's house. Occasionally we buck against his plan for us, but when our way proves futile, we turn around and repent once again. I am praying that just as I have learned there is safety only in my "Heavenly Father's House", my "Prodigal Cat" will return with that same understanding......Shalom, Bebe

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Earthquake

I haven't written this year. I really haven't had time, but I had hoped to be catching you up on the latest in the lives of my three sweet little ferals. However, the earthquake that devastated Haiti on Tuesday, 1/12/10, has my thoughts going in another direction.

Last night Steve and I watched the news and my heart broke. Tears ran down my cheeks as I saw the tragic scenes unfold in my family room. The news commentators all wore the same face, that of disbelief and grief. I saw tears in their eyes and heard voices breaking with emotion. They, like the rest of us, could not comprehend devastation of the magnitude that hit Haiti.

The first question we often find ourselves asking is, "Where was God?". I must admit that I have asked that question myself many times, but as I watched I knew in my spirit that God's heart was broken too. I could imagine tears welling up in his eyes and streaking his cheeks as well. His "kids" were in pain.

I truly believe that God desires only the best for us, but the sin that caused chaos and despair to enter the Garden of Eden is still as real today as it was then. One day the paradise that he designed will once more be available to us. Until then the evil that the first man(woman) chose because of their rebellion will continue to create that same web of destruction.I have had my share of tragedy and I'm sure you have too. In most cases, I can draw a line from that event to an occasion of rebellion, either within myself or someone else.

As I ponder on the evil and sadness that sin has brought into this world, I am reminded that "all creation groans for Christ's return". Romans 8:18-22) But,thank God, all creation has the hope that what was intended will be restored and there will be a day when there will no longer be an event like the tragedy in Haiti. For when the eastern skies split and Jesus the King returns there will be no more sorrow. In Revelation 22:12, He assures us, "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward will be with me and I will give to everyone according to what he has done." And in the 20th verse he repeats, "Yes, I am coming soon." Praise God!

In the meantime, I intend to be about my "Father's business", sharing his love with mankind and lifting their needs to him in prayer................Shalom, Bebe