Posted by David M. | Posted in The Truth | Posted on 14-08-2012
Gidget is one of our adopted children. Actually she’s one of our family’s cat, but we treat her pretty much as she was a daughter or a sister. When we first got her we could tell she had already been through a very rough life.
She was terrified of everything! Through her experiences growing up, the world had taught her that no one can be trusted, and more often then not, people will try to hurt and destroy you. Scared. Lonely. But wanting to be fully loved.
Obviously she was abused growing up. Something I can identify with personally.
It was almost 8 months to a year before she began to trust us. Trusting that we only had the best intentions for her. We had to consistently be careful not to raise our voices. Or make sudden quick movements. She actually challenged me on controlling my anger because she knew how mad I was on the inside before I even knew it, she can just sense the tension building inside. A very sensitive kitty indeed!
But after over a year of us trying to demonstrate how much we really do care about her… She is now the happiest most loving kitty we’ve ever had! Everyday she loves the time she gets resting on our laps (her favorite place to sleep), the petting and brushing… The food!
She comes looking for it now instead of hiding and running from us!
Hurting people can be like Gidget to when we begin to believe the lies that the devil tells us.
- “Other people just want to hurt you.”
- “People just want to use you.”
- “You have nothing to offer others.”
- “You are not liked, or even really loved, by anyone.”
- “There is something wrong with you, and people will never like you because of it.”
If we chose to believe these lies in our heart, even Christians will run and hide from the true, pure, soul filling love that God has for all of us.
I accepted Jesus as Lord when I was young. I grew up in a family (and extended family) that never really doubted God is God, a family that attended church every week. Even when deep pain and abuse entered into our lives, He was always with us protecting us trying to help us.
But even tho I was never really far from God, on the inside I was clinging to a lot of those lies that Satan is too willing to give us. They built a wall between a large portion of my heart and God. I spent years rebelling against God by enjoying selfish pleasures and addictions, not spending time with him, not listening and obeying Him. All in an vain attempt to try and make myself happy, trying to ‘fix’ my own pain and loneliness in my own power.
I even remember a few years ago telling God “If you’re doing what you say you do, then it’s not working for me here in my life. So I’m going to do my own thing and you just go do your thing, and like whut-ever.”
Kind of like Gidget when we first got her. She enjoyed the safety and comfort of a roof over her head, and walls protecting her from the scary outside world. She enjoyed food and a clean litter box. But she didn’t want anything to do with us, because she didn’t trust us.
But thankfully for us, God follows his own marching orders. When we close a door in His face and ignore the knocking, he finds another door (or window, lol) in our heart to knock at. Said another way: He finds other ways to show His love for us, to us.
When we begin to truly trust God, the more we allow the true power of His love to become more self-evident to us.
Our hearts begin to soften, and we begin to see those lies from the devil for what they are.
We begin to see how God really sees us. And we become so full of His love, we can’t help but want to learn more about it, we have a desire to please Him above anyone even our self, we seek to move closer to his lap, and we desire to share His love wherever we can. These desires just pour out of us! We can’t hold back because His love is so great!
He offers to fulfill our true desires and needs, even needs we don’t even know we have! But he doesn’t force all of this on us. He wants us to willingly, and humbly come into his love and grace.
If you have never opened the door in your heart to the Lord your first step is just to humbly admit you need Him, and you want Him as Lord of your life.
If you have already begun on your walk with Him, ask Him to show you the terrible lies that is hardening your heart and then start open those doors in your heart and let Him in!
“Trust and obey, for there is no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
In His power, for His Glory, Amen.