Cat in The Kitchen
She was the cutest little kitten you have ever seen. Although she was of no intentional breeding her appearance was much like a Chocolate Point Himalayan. Priscilla, as we named her, came to live with us two weeks after we were married. She was our baby and because of the occasion, extra special to us. As the years passed and she entered her 18th year her favorite spot was in front of the refrigerator. I imagine she found the sound and warmth coming from it comforting.
One afternoon we had company over for dinner and had invited our guests to join us at the kitchen table. During our meal they saw our cat laid out in her favorite spot. Our conversation naturally switched to cats and kittens. We sat at the table long after our meal was eaten. In due time our guests, happy and full, got up and again commented on her as they left.
Later my husband asked “Has Priscilla eaten today? For that matter has she moved?” I was horrified at the thought… what if!?! I knelt down beside her and gingerly reached out my hand and touched her. I jumped. She was cold, stiff, and adhered to the floor!
I was completely mortified! I had not only stepped over the dead cat and opened the refrigerator repeatedly, I had served company with a dead cat in my kitchen! And, like the words of Martha to Jesus referring to Lazarus, “He stinketh!”
I don’t know about you but sometimes my heart is a lot like our cat. I can go along looking pretty “alive” on the outside then something pops up and just as traumatizing as realizing the cat had died, I too find that my heart “stinketh.” Even though the realization that my heart stinks can be traumatic, even more desperate is the condition of thinking it is OK! “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9) “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts.” (Proverbs 21:2 NKJV) “If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.” (1 John 1:8 NLT) Praise God He has the solution! “If we confess our sins to him, is faithful he and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:8 & 9 NLT)
With the help of our youngest daughter I transferred our much loved cat to a special box my husband made. We dug a grave, shed some tears, and buried her. Likewise Jesus has promised to remove my putrefying sins “..and throw them into the depths of the ocean!” (Micah 7:19 NLT) Praise God He doesn’t stop there! “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT) The very realizing that my heart “stinks” is the evidence that He is gifting me a responsive heart. “Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” (1 John 13:20 NLT)
“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 23 & 24 NLT)