Every morning when I open my eyes I have 3 of my 4 cats laying on my bed or sitting wide awake in my doorway, just waiting for me to get up and feed them breakfast. As soon as I swing my legs out of the bed they are meowing and running to the laundry room, anticipating that I’ll follow them there. Their food is kept in the cupboard there and I always feed them outside on the back patio. I get a big scoop of food while they are lining up at the door to eagerly eat some Cat Chow in the early morning.
Then there’s Charlie. He’s always the last cat to get up and around. By the time he gets up the others have usually ate their fill, explored a little outside and are back in the house. When he is finally ready to eat, he gets my attention and lures me to the laundry room. He sits right by the cabinet where the food is kept and just looks at me. I open the door for him to go outside and he just looks at that cabinet door then back at me. He wasn’t awake when I fed the others and he thinks I haven’t filled those bowls up yet. I call his name, open the door wider trying to get convince him that I have already provided breakfast. He eventually just plops himself on the floor and refuses to move. He’s the type of cat that has to see it to believe it. He never saw me take the food outside so he will sit there until I get another scoop of food to take outside or I pick him up myself and put him outside. Today this made me think of myself and how many times have I refused to move because I didn’t see God working ahead of me.
How often has God had that door wide open for me, trying to get me to go through it yet I refused to move because I did not physically see him set out the provision? I know it has been too many times to count.
I’m similar to Charlie in the way that I need to see proof before I move. I have a hard time moving, even when the one luring me is a God I can trust 100%. I have never tricked Charlie, pretending to feed him when I didn’t. He has no reason to not trust me. Just as I have no reason to not trust God. He’s always taken care of me, provided exactly what I needed. His timing always amazes me.
The next time I feel the Lord calling me to walk thru the door he’s opening for me I pray I have enough faith to walk on through it. I’m not sure what will be on the other side but I know he has plans to take care of me, not abandon me. He plans to give me the future I hope for. His Word also tells me that when I walk through that door looking for Him I’ll find Him. He promises that when I’m serious about finding Him and want it more than anything else, He’ll make sure I won’t be disappointed.
Help me to not live like Charlie. When I follow You and keep on Your path I know I’ll find goodness. Only You alone have the power to turn ashes to beauty. I will continue to walk where you lead me, even if it’s not where I planned to go. I know you have good plans for my life and I want You to get all the glory. Give me your eyes to so I can see beyond my human situation. When you open that door for me, give me courage to walk on through, knowing that I can trust You completely.
Don’t be a Charlie, trust God. He’s already gone before you.