This is a Christmas story about our cat named Rory. I’ve talked about him before, but now there’s more. We feared what trouble he might be, as we were decorating our Christmas tree. Nonetheless, we went ahead and hoped for the best, thinking that Rory might not be a pest.
Although he’s a kitten no more, Rory gets very easily bored. Perhaps he’s living the childhood missed out on before. It seems he finds great joy in turning just about everything into a toy.
So, one fateful winter morn, we went out to our tree once so well adorned, only to find it in shambles, disheveled, and torn.
Apparently, our cat, this incorrigible brat, could take it no more, so off go the ornaments all over the floor. No doubt pretending they were fat mice, Rory batted and chased them all through the night, all the while making merry under the glow of Christmas tree lights.
When we discovered the devastation, we shouted, we scolded in our utter frustration.
But rather than try and understand what he did, Rory just ran under the tree and he hid.
It wasn’t that this mischievous one didn’t know what he’d done…it was just that…at the time…it seemed like such fun!
“Isn’t it dinner time?”
Even so, we forgave him and fed him and prayed, that somehow, somewhere, in that furry little brain, that Rory would find it in himself to refrain, from such foolishness that causes us such pain.
Why do I share this cat-astrophic Christmas tale? I share it because it’s a bit like us when we fail. Even though we’re a new creation, affirmed and loved by God, we still misbehave and do things that seem rather odd.
Rather than excuse ourselves, or run and hide, we should accept God’s forgiveness and in His love abide. For it’s only there where we’ll learn how to care. It’s only in His embrace where we will grow in His grace.
One thing I will say that Rory has learned, that our love for him can never be earned, for no matter what he’s does, he knows he is loved. He can jump up on my lap, take a nap, dream about this and that, or whatever else goes on in the mind of a cat.
No matter goes wrong, he knows he belongs, so he’s a happy little cat…and that’s that!
Beloved, do you know that? That you can jump up on Abba’s lap? Will you take a chance on this Divine romance?
Jesus has come to make us one, and when He says He’ll never leave us He means business, so we can rest our weary soul in Him this Christmas!