Guest post: Jim Taylor of Mozambique, Africa
The little starving kitty had been coming around our kitchen here in Mozambique, begging a meal. It was skinny, malnurished and neglected. Afraid of people, you could not get within 3 or 4 feet of it before it would bolt and run .. even if you had a piece of chicken or fish.
Its fear was greater than its hunger.
Twyla began to put food out for it with it watching her. After Twyla backed far enough away from the food the cat would come and eat. Over time Twyla got closer and closer to the little cat as it ate until eventually she was right beside it. This took a number of days and much patience, but slowly the cat began to trust that Twyla was not going to hurt it.
Then one evening as she fed the cat some chicken scraps Twyla touched it. The cat immediately bolted … but then came back, drawn by the chicken. Slowly and gently Twyla wooed it until the cat allowed her to scratch its back and rub it.
It was interesting watching the cat respond. Having never had kind treatment, it knew it liked the petting and scratching, but it was still fearful. Twyla had to move slowly and carefully, always letting the cat know that she meant it no harm.
While still skittish, the cat now likes the petting and rubbing almost as much as the food!
Because .. cats are designed to enjoy that kind of affection!
God made cats to respond to petting, rubbing, scratching .. but this little cat’s image was broken. It did not know it was made to enjoy that until it had experienced it in a safe environment.
How like us and our heavenly Papa. He means us no harm. He has told us over and over that He has plans to bless us, to prosper us, plans for good and not for evil. And how like the kitty .. we run from His movements of love and affection.
Because our image in broken!
Like the cat we do not realize we were created to enjoy the very things He wants to do with us. We are fearful and afraid, even of His gentle loving touch. But when once we begin to allow Him to touch us we suddenly discover .. THIS IS GOOD!
How gentle and patient He is, slowly slowly wooing us … showing us that this is not a bad thing, it is something you were designed for.
There is a little black kitty that watches from afar. It cannot give in even to hunger and allow us near it. It is so broken it will most likely die before long since there is not much for it to eat and it daily grows weaker. It cannot understand that what the other cat is experiencing is good.
How much like that little black cat are some of us!
We are hungry for God, but we just cannot understand those who are doing things so differently from the way we have always done it. We watch from afar but are too afraid to come in and try it.
And like the little black cat, we will stay away, even though we are starving for God! How sad that is.
But for those who do press past their fears, do not fear little one. It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. Relax, let Him touch you. It’s a good thing! You will find you enjoy His presence more than anything you have ever experienced.
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I wrote this in response to a friend’s comment on courage…
Courage is relative to the need. I think the courageous are those that share their faith in spite of life and death issues….
I use to be afraid of the homeless. It turns out most are incredibly friendly. Some that have lost most of their mind may not be quite so friendly.. lol
Whatever boldness I have is from God in the form of baby steps… and His arranged opportunities. I usually don’t go looking for people. They find me. Some times I look, but mostly just sieze opportunity.
Usually the conversation is not preachy and just centers around their needs. I walk up or they walk up and the conversation may start with, “How can I help?” It is really that easy.
A couple days ago, it was in a coffee shop. I saw this guy listening in on a conversation I was having. I stopped and turned to him and asked, “Can I help you?” He said, “Why do people suffer?” It blew me away…. A long conversation followed.
The point is…. just be available and don’t worry about it. If you are available, God will put people with an ear to hear in your path.
I didn’t read the book, so I can’t speak to it, but I have seen so much showmanship and posturing and manipulation of man. I have seen less scruples in Pastors than in corporate America even as the church immulates that very system which is so sick.
I have been a part of every movement of God for the past 50 years – now I just want all of God. I don’t want to build a ministry or buildings or programs; just people. That’s the Kingdom of God!
I don’t need a “Word” or a “Miracle” although I know that God can do both, I just need the opportunity to be real with God and my fellow men. I need to be able to take off the pretense that would get you kicked out of most churches and be able to be apart of the body of Christ who confesses their sins one to another and love each other into the fullness of His Maturity in spite of the reality of those sins. Can I get a witness? Is anyone else as tired of religion (even the “full-gospel” religion as they are hungry for the Living God and the Community of believers?
Sisterlisa Bertolini I think we had an angel with us yesterday on our drive to Santa Clara and back. We got off the freeway to get coffee and as we were driving to get back on the freeway I had to make a U Turn. It was a dark road with very little lighting..
I looked all around and we saw NOTHING so I began my U Turn..all of a sudden there was a truck approaching at FULL SPEED right on our tail with headlights glaring into our window. I pushed the gas pedal all the way down and the van seemed to not respond..it was slow as a turtle all of a sudden.
My poor husband! It was on his side of the van and we thought for sure we were going to be slammed..but nothing..The gas finally kicked in and we drove on in complete shock because HE WAS NOT THERE when we began the U Turn. *unless* he didn’t have his lights on til the last minute. But we didn’t hear any screeching brakes on his end at all.
He got into a different lane and drove away. No honking, no fist shaking, no cussing..nothing. It was so odd. My husband could barely breathe…gasping for air after bracing himself for a major accident…
Then we started laughing. There must have been an angel. God was with us for sure. Neither one of us ever saw him til he was right on our tail.
Christina Wing I wanted to share this…My husband saw a homeless woman on the corner yesterday, he went by and was eating at Mcdonalds. He felt a gentle pull to buy her lunch and go talk to her. As he approached she was hiding something behind her. He gave her all the money he had and the lunch.
As he was walking away he said “the Lord loves you”..she replied “who”? He said “Jesus”…to that she said “I don’t go to church, and I smoke. I am from Arizona and escaped my abusive husband.” My husband pulled his ciggerate out and said “look I smoke too”, and I don’t go to church either. But I know God loves you and me and He is with you”. She replied “yes He is”. She asked for a hug and he gave her one.
This profoundly struck me and him. A hug, a meal, and the the reassurence of the love of God. This is a moment we will never forget as well as her. She didn’t just hear about Jesus she encountered Him.
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