We have two young female cats living with us, both rescued as kittens when they were abandoned and dying. The first one, Kitty (original, I know), has been with us for about 4 years, and the second, Missy, we’ve had about 3 years. We’ve never raised cats before, having always been “dog people”, but I must admit, these two are quite entertaining, and very different in personality and behavior not only from our dogs, but from each other as well.
Kitty, the older and larger of the two, lives life around the house on her terms. She enjoys sleeping on the end of our bed most of the day, getting up to meow (i.e. whine) for food, to hit the litter box, or to lounge on the back porch in the sun. She generally ignores us unless she wants to eat (like 5am), lay in the sun, or pines for some back rubbing- which usually occurs when we have already tucked in bed.
Missy, on the other hand, craves interaction with us, specifically me. When I’m home, she wants to be in my lap, she drags her toys to me so I’ll play with her (like the pic above), and she’ll even nap next to wherever I happen to be in the house, be it the kitchen table, my computer desk, or workshop in the basement. Even as I write, she is asleep on the floor by my feet. She loves human contact, not just for food or a back rub, but for companionship.
It’s as if they view the world differently. In Kitty’s world, she is God. Life revolves around her wants and needs. In Missy’s world, I am God, and she desires communion with me constantly.
They seem to be pictures of how believers view and treat the one true God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Most professing Christians live their lives pretty much on their own terms, like Kitty- doing their own thing, calling upon their Heavenly Father only in times of need or want. Like Martha in the Gospels, they scurry through life, squeezing in a little “Jesus time” when/where they can.
Yet God desires us to live like Missy- seeking His presence and fellowship, sitting at His feet, like Martha’s sister Mary did in the Gospels. For “in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” Matthew 6:33