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Topic: Hunger (11/08/04)

TITLE: The Empty Dish
By Denene Humphrey


To: Lovers of God and Cats.

If you are privileged enough to own a feline, you know they are very independent creatures. They can take you or leave you. Cats may come when you call or totally ignore you. That is, of course, until their food bowl is empty. Hunger is a very powerful thing to them. They become your best friends. Cozying up next to you, rubbing you and speaking volumes to get you to notice ďThe Empty Dish.Ē Their hunger drives them to take on a whole new persona. Itís amazing to behold.

Our reactions to them are no less amazing. When they come to us, all loving and cuddly, we rush to see what all the fuss is about. We see that they are surely in distress, and in great danger of starving to death even though they just ate the last bit of food less than five minutes ago. But, because of our great love for them, we drop whatever we are doing to make sure that our precious child is well fed. Itís amazing to behold.

God reacts to our hunger for Him in the same way. When we believe we are full, we tend to ignore God. We can take Him or leave Him. We may come when He calls, or we may totally ignore Him. That is, of course, until we become spiritually empty. Our hunger then drives us to seek God with all we have within us. We praise, worship, fast and proclaim our undying love and adoration for Him and Him alone. We cozy up to Him, and speak to Him as we never have before to get Him to notice our ďEmpty Dish.Ē Itís amazing to behold.

The Fatherís reaction is no less amazing. When we come to Him empty and longing to be filled He rushes to feed us. He sees that we are surely in distress, even though we were walking around in our own strength and doing our own thing before our dish became empty. But, because of His great and powerful love for us, He stops whatever He is doing to make sure that His precious children are well fed. True to His promise, our Father nourishes our hunger. Our dish is no longer empty, and itís truly amazing to behold.

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Corinne Smelker 11/15/04
LOL - we have 3 cats, one of whom is aloof, until that ever-present food bowl is empty! You're right, as soon as she starts cozying up to me, I go and find out what's wrong!

I've been known to do that when I was young with my parents, and definitely with God, "Hey Lord, you know how much I love you, could you please..."!
Cheryl Johnson11/15/04
You are so right on with this. I love the comparison to a cat; I never thought about it like that before, but you are exactly right!
I love cats, so I enjoyed this. Short, but sweet, you made your point well.
Kelly Klepfer11/15/04
What a great analogy. Oh, if we could only be like dogs where the Lord is concerned. Slobbering and jumping and out of control just because He walks into the room!!!!!
DeAnna Brooks11/15/04
Never thought of myself as a cat before (LOL)! They also love curling up in balls on their master's lap. Can't think of a better place to curl up now!
Lucian Thompson11/15/04
Denene, yes, itís truly amazing to behold. You did a great job with this entry. Enjoyable read.
Karri Compton11/15/04
You are absolutely right about the nature of cats - and people! Thank God He's always there, even if we ignore Him.
Deborah Anderson11/15/04
Wonderful message Deneen. I could totally relate. I have 5 cats, and God has used them to show me many things as well...it is amazing. God bless you.
Debbie OConnor11/17/04
Oh how I love this...every line. As a lover of God and cats I totally relate to the whole thing. Very creative approach to the topic, fun and easy to read. A real day brightener with a great message tucked inside. Great job!
Tesiri Moweta11/18/04
As a lover of God and cats, i can identify and relate with your piece.
I think one of the most beautiful things that i have seen in life,is how God satisfies our hunger.
You have communicated this message very well.
Thanks a great deal and keep winning and shining for Jesus.
Phyllis Inniss11/19/04
A great perspective. I like the analogy and enjoyed the read. Thanks for sharing.
Rebekah Bentley11/19/04
I won't be able to hear one of my five cats meow for food again without thinking of this analogy!
Linda Germain 11/20/04
Very nicely written. My two kitties are curled up, tummies full, asleep on the bed, satisfied for the moment. Before the night is over, I will hear some crunching of dried food as they have one more tiny snack to tide them over. We always should be grazing on God's word, staying full and satified, but like that tank of gas, sometimes I get down to almost empty before I realize I cannot go too far with out FUEL! Cats have the right idea: eat as often as possible to stay happy. :0)
Mitzi Busby11/20/04
Good comparison, Denene. I liked what you did with the topic.
Barbara Ann Smith11/21/04
This is an enjoyable read. It is so true how we call upon our Lord and Savior as our bowls become empty. Thanks for a beautiful piece of writing.
Diane York11/21/04
I really like your story. I can relate, but isn't it nice when your cat comes up to you when he doesn't want something. I have a cat that gets up on my neck when I'm streched out on my sofa. He nibbles on my neck and purrs in my ear. He gets to be a nuisance, but I love it too, because I know he adores me. God wants us to adore him in the same way. Of course not all cats are that affectionate, but I also know its not forced, because cats only come on their terms.