(Note to readers: I wrote this piece several years ago, but decided to post it today in memory of my sweet Chizzie who passed yesterday at the age of 12.)
This has always been one of my favorite Bible verses – a “life” verse. But just because I have a verse memorized and say it’s a “favorite” doesn’t mean I have fully embodied it. A wise person once told me that God’s plan has two parts, His and mine. I can’t do God’s part – and He won’t do my part. This verse is filled with promise – but do I listen? Do I obey? Do I believe?
One morning, while meditating on this passage, I received inspiration from the cat curled on my lap. Yes, God truly speaks in many ways.
Chizzie is unlike any other cat I’ve had. He is absolutely devoted to me. My friends say he is madly in love with me. And, I guess he is, as much as a cat can be.
When I pull in front of the house, he is waiting in the window, even if I am later than usual. Then he bolts to the front door and does a little dance when I come in. If I park in the garage, he’s waiting at the back door.
He follows me everywhere, and when I sit down, he is immediately on my lap, bumping his head against my arm until I pet him. If he has fallen asleep and I need to move, he doesn’t get irritated, just follows me again.
Every time I speak his name, he looks at me.
He sleeps at my side and his day starts when mine does, even when that’s 5:30am.
When he’s hungry, he waits until I go to the kitchen, then he sits at the top of the stairway leading to the lower level and stares at me. When I start to move toward him, he runs down the stairs… and when I reach the bottom he is sitting in front of the empty bowl waiting.
And I think…I need to be more like this cat!
You see, God has a plan for my life and for yours. It’s a GOOD plan.
But when God is an hour later than I expected him to be, do I still dance for joy? When I am waiting at the front door, and He comes in the back, do I run to Him – or do I let it be known that MY plan was different?
Do I follow Him through every room of my life? Are there rooms I won’t go in? Rooms which are dark and unfamiliar, and because I can’t see the plan at that moment I refuse to go in?
Yes, I do rest in His presence. But if I am comfortable, do I grumble when He says “Get up”?
Do I allow Him to be the “alarm clock” in my day or is it inconvenient to have to change my schedule to cooperate with His masterful plan?
Am I in tune with Him to the degree that I turn and look at Him each time He speaks my name?
And when I have a need, do I keep my eyes on Him? Do I wait with calm assurance knowing my bowl will be filled?
God has a plan. It’s a GOOD plan. A plan to prosper me, a plan to give me a good future and hope for my final outcome!
And God keeps His promises. He is going to do His part.
My part is to listen for His voice, trust in His provision, follow where He leads, rest in His presence, and dance for joy.
Chizzie has it right…I should pay attention and do likewise.