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…