As always, the following are just my thoughts, considerations and comparisons.
I’ve been leaving the kittens out of their borrowed kennel more and more. It is important they be allowed to explore and exercise for their growth. There are however dangers in leaving them on their own. Dangers, even though they are still confined to one room.
Yesterday the kittens had been enjoying their free time fully. They climbed and played and wrestled with each other. Then the time came for me to take my mother off in the quest to find a certain dog food for her dog. This meant for their safety, I needed to return Moxie and Mojo to the kennel. Mojo was hanging out there in the open so she was easy to catch. Moxie however, was nowhere to be seen. I called for him many times for him not to appear as usual. I searched the room then wondered if he had climbed the gate as was off somewhere in the house. I went to find my flashlight calling as I walked. After returning to the room I was checking every corner carefully. I kept calling his name as I searched.
Suddenly there he was. I’m not sure what hiding place he came out of as he waited until my back was turned. Thankful he wasn’t somewhere out in the rest of the house I lifted him and carefully placed him in the kennel. To say they were unhappy is an understatement. Promising to let them back out later, I closed the door and headed out.
I’m wondering now, how often in our life, we are like those kittens?
God gave us free will. He wants us to come to Him. He wants us to love and follow Him, obeying the commands we were given. But He wants us to do that as our choice. He doesn’t want us to be robotic in our worship. Following and worshiping without real emotion of reasoning. With free will, living, loving, laughter and lessons. We learn to live in a way that is beneficial not just to ourselves but to those around us. We come to an understanding of who God is and what He expects and desires.
With free will also comes mistakes, wrong choices and stumbling as we journey. We may not realize in the beginning the mistakes we are making. We also may stubbornly walk the route we are determined to take, fully knowing it is not the best, the safest or the smartest journey. We are determined to do as we wish, controlled by no one. Not realizing that we are all controlled by something. We are all following something or someone, right or wrong.
And yet, there are times when God calls to us, just as He did Adam and Eve. He knew where they were and what they had done. Yet He called, wishing to hear from them. Wanting them to admit their sin. Just as He calls to us, wanting to hear our voice. He wants us to come out of our hiding place and face Him. To admit to Him what we know to be sins we have committed. He knows where we are, we really cannot hide, even when we thing we can. Even as professing Christians, He will allow us to make our mistakes. Yet, when we come to the realization of what we have done, when we turn around to return to Him, we find we do not have far to go as He is with us always. Walking right there beside us, with us, waiting for that moment of realization.
One thing though, when we do turn around, He will not place us in a kennel, locked away for any reason. He will draw us even closer to Himself. He will draw us into His safety, into His love, into His strength and peace. His love has never ended, never faltered, never lessened. We are never set aside as unlovable or unwanted. This earthly life not only may be, but will be hard. This life though, is not our home. This life is merely the journey there.
I took in two sick, weak, helpless kittens. I have done my best to take care of and protect them. I have watched them as they have improved and grown stronger, better, more capable. God is obviously so much more than I am, and we as His children as so much more important to Him. Even as we grow from weak, sinful humans to more like Jesus the Christ, Lord and King.
Yep. My phone takes horrible pictures, but I think you can tell how much better they are.