A few weeks ago I was at a ladies retreat for some much needed reminders of who I am in Christ. After each talk we were given half an hour to journal and reflect on what God was speaking to our hearts. During one of the quiet sessions I went outside to sit in the sunshine with the intention of journaling and praying by myself. Apparently, God had other plans.
As soon as I sat down, a big black and white cat jumped in my lap. I set the cat down and picked up my notebook. The cat was not taking no for an answer. It jumped in my lap again and started purring. I thought, "Okay, I can give you a little attention." Now, I don't spend much time around cats, but I assumed that when you pet one it would settle down and sit peacefully in your lap. This cat would not relax. It walked in circles in my lap, kept its ears alert to any noise around us, and basically fidgeted for fifteen minutes. I kept thinking, "Just relax and let me pet you!" After awhile, it saw another cat close by and jumped down to run after it.
At this point, God whispered to me, "You are just like that cat when you are in my lap. You want to be loved on so you climb up, but you won't settle down. You fidget and would rather keep your eye on what is going on around you instead of simply resting in my presence. After a short time, you jump down and run off".
In Isaiah 66:13a God promises, "As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you." Psalm 46:10a reminds me to "be still, and know that I am God". I need to spend more time sitting and listening to his whisper and give less attention to all the distractions around me.
Thank you Father for always having a spot in your lap reserved for me. I know I tend to rush through life and forget to listen for your whisper. Help me to rest fully in your presence. Amen.