My husband and I are a team. We have the same views on most subjects in life. You know, the important things: we like the same football team, we eat the same foods, we like the same bands and we feel the same way about pets…NO PETS IN THE HOUSE! We had always been staunch in this belief until our little girl looked at us and said, “Can I have a cat?” You know that it’s always hard to say no to your children. But I tell ya, it’s very hard to say no to a blond, curly-headed, big blue-eyed cutie that is the caboose of the family. So we did what any parent in their right mind would do…we got a cat.
Betsy Lynn Optimus (yes, that part of the name is from our boys) Freeman came to live with us in May of this year. She was Chloe’s 7th birthday present. We rescued her from the animal shelter and I have to admit, we’ve enjoyed this new addition to our household. I grew up with cats and dogs but never had a true house cat that totally depends upon her family. We have to feed her, supply a place for her to answer the call of nature, clean up after the call is answered and care for her when she’s ill. Without us, Betsy would be in great need.
Cats in general are moody, finicky, aloof, sassy and think they are in complete control. Betsy is no different and is also very determined. She has decided that our kitchen table is HER table upon which she can bask in the sun. Trying to explain to Betsy the she is not allowed on the table has been quite the challenge. She doesn’t seem to speak english or irate human! She does, however, speak BROOM! You would think after being “spoken” to many times during the day, she would take the hint and stay off the cotton-pickin’ table! But no, she consistently tries to make that her home.
While noticing her persistence, I started to think about what spiritual lessons I could learn from dealing with a very, hard-headed cat. Her actions remind me of the story of the persistent widow in Luke 18: 1-8 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Jesus made the point that if an unjust judge will give in to the persistence of one woman; surely a righteous, loving and merciful God will hear the prayers of His people and answer! The story of this woman and the real life illustration of my cat have revealed a chink in my spiritual armor. I give up too easily! Yes, I pray and ask God for His will to be done; for wrongs to be made right; for His kingdom to come but when I don’t see an immediate answer, I stop asking. When the answer is, “not now”, I don’t ask again. I’m just not willing to keep on praying until God’s heart is moved to show His Glory! However, in this passage, we’re told that our prayers are powerful and will move God to act on our behalf.
I want to desire God the same way Betsy desires that spot on the table. I know I am just as dependant on Him as Betsy is on me and I want to be willing to go through whatever it takes to enter into God’s presence and bask in Him. Hopefully, as I study God’s Word and live with this quirky cat, the lesson will go from my head to my heart and persistent prayer in all things will be my life’s theme. Thanks Betsy Wetsy!