Mar 312017

I woke up late again this morning.

I’ve been waking up late every morning.

This is not because I’m lazy or indulging some other character flaw, it’s because the cat won’t let me sleep.

Every night, twice a night, Miss Kitty wakes me up at 12:00 AM and 4:00 AM.

She comes offering praise and adoration, standing on top of me weaving the blankets and purring loudly.


If that fails to wake me she begins to groom my hair and bathe me.

That always does the trick…

She wants a snack and because of her efforts, she gets a snack.

I get to try to fall back asleep.

As I was washing cat spit off my face at 4:15 this morning I was musing over the hardest part of being a pastor.

For me, it’s not the sermon prep, or funerals, or any of the normal issues that are common to the vocation.

The hardest part is representing God and speaking the Word into difficult and sometimes impossible situations.

What if…He doesn’t come through?

We tell people facing foreclosure “don’t worry” because God says so.

We tell people desperate for provision that God will provide.

We tell sick people we believe in healing as we anoint them and pray.

We don’t always believe what we’re saying…

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7–11 ESV)

“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”

(Matthew 8:26 ESV)

This brings me full circle to Miss Kitty.

She asks and she receives.

If she doesn’t ask, she doesn’t receive.

She’s learned to ask until she does receive.

Go and do like wise…God loves you more than I love my cat.

You won’t have to lick His face, but praise is a good opener.

I need a nap..

Make your own application…

  14 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. That is adorable what Miss Kitty does! Nice post and thoughts Michael.

  2. One more thought I forgot to add…

    We treat God as if he’s some monster that shakes his fist at us when we do bad, and gives us the evil eye when we ask for something. It’s good to know, and remind ourselves, that he is indeed good!

  3. Wonderful. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Dan!
    Thank you, Paige!

  5. my daughter has a new rescue dog and Charly wants very badly to be friends, however it is not convinced that my daughter knows best: “you’re not the boss of me!”
    somewhere in between Miss Kitty and this dog Charly there must be a lesson…
    one thing i’ve learned over the years is that there is nothing about the God – the one true God – that He has revealed of Himself that i don’t like – no attribute that doesn’t inspire love, praise and honor… that said, more often than not in my life, He has had my back as i muddle through… very seldom does He do it “my way” … i have retroactive faith, i think

    now if you could just train that cat to divert that urge to lick your face to shining your shoes… 🙂

  6. Sometimes God does not heal. Sometimes God does not supply our needs. Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes people die. I no longer buy into the interpretation that if we just have enough faith, God will, you fill in the blank. Read Lamentations or Habakkuk or The words of Jesus about persecution or Paul’s thorn in the flesh. We are called to faithfulness no matter the circumstances. Living by faith is not easy.

  7. There are many times that I’m down to no faith or very little. An old saint taught me a long time ago that when I get there, to tell God I had no faith but to tell him also that I am choosing to believe even if I don’t feel it or can intellectually grasp it at the time because I know his Word is true, even if it seems not to apply to me at the time.

    She told me to make a choice of my will to believe, no matter what I thought or felt. And I have found that God has honored my prayers when I have admitted no faith in a matter but have told him that I choose as a act of my will to believe no matter how I feel or think and that I will await an answer.

    I know someone will probably slam me for that because it’s too “something” for them– too simple, too formulaic, too something, But I have been so often at my wit’s ends that I have learned to just choose to believe when I get to that point and act “as if” I had faith..

    On the flip side of that, I have sometimes prayed and not gotten answers at that time or got an answer that was not what I wanted. Or the answer has not brought anything but more trouble.

    I wish I understood God more.

  8. Em,
    Retroactive faith…yes!!
    Sometimes things only make sense in the rear view mirror.

  9. I second Disillusioned. Great insight Em! Retroactive faith… I love it. In chaos and messiness of life we need to look back and see how God how worked in our lives despite ourselves and remember His faithfulness.

  10. I re read this last night and it’s poorly written.

    Very poorly written.

    I’m well aware that God doesn’t always answer “yes”…and I should have made that clear.

    My intent was to motivate people to pray, not heap guilt on anyone who is already hurting.

    My apologies to all.

  11. We need this encouragement Michael. Thank you. I think we can all identify with the boy’s father in Mark 9:24.

  12. JoelG,

    That’s my “life verse” these days… 🙂

  13. When I read Matthew 28:17, I am struck how God includes this reality of doubt in the midst of the pinnacle of the Gospel. Doubt and faith go hand in hand. Doubt drives us deeper in seeking Him. We have much to learn from Miss Kitty. 🙂

  14. I can honestly say thank you for the encouragement.

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