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Topic: CAT (11/08/18)
TITLE: Giving And Receiving
By Linda Lawrence
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I was like a child wanting to give daddy a present that had been bought with my hard-earned money, but not with money he had given me to buy presents. My full heart wanted to give Him something I created — all on my own.
I wanted to give God pleasure but I didn’t know how. I paced and prowled. I was like a cat, looking for a mouse to present to my Master — as though a mouse would be better than a “filthy rag”!
But how could I allow myself to keep receiving from God without giving an equal gift in return? Ah-hah, pride had defiled my so-called love. Well, God has His ways of speaking to my spirit and this is what I heard loud and clear. I AM the Giver and you are the Receiver.
God mercifully gave me a glorious mental image of pleasure— of both giving and receiving. Picture this. A cat lying on her back in a pool of sunlight, tummy exposed, a gentle purr vibrating her body, eyes closed, drinking in the warmth and light being poured down upon her by her Creator.
At last, I understood what gives my Father God pleasure. Finally, I am free to humbly receive His gifts with my heart at rest. Like a cat glorying in the sun, I bask in the warmth of His presence as the Lord breathes His Spirit into my wide open heart and makes His face shine upon me. I joyfully accept my role as the Receiver from the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
I am not a lover of cats so I find it especially humorous that God used a cat parable to open my heart. And I have to laugh out loud at a particular gift I occasionally receive at this time of year. The sun is lower in the sky. My cottage is surrounded by tall arborvitae and two-story houses so I don’t have sun in my yard for a few months. But if the sun breaks through the clouds mid-afternoon, for an hour or two it fills my kitchen and dining room with warm rays of light. I’ve been known to lay down a mat and take a nap, right there, almost purring with pleasure, drinking in the sunshine of my Father’s face.
I Corinthians 4:7; James 1:17; Isaiah 64:6; John 20:22; Numbers 6:24-26
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