Work Like a Cat

cats-paws-and-tail-17078Becoming overwhelmed is easy for me to do, even with to-do lists with precisely written in  orderly steps that segue smoothly from one task or project to another.  Fear tends to grip my  mind, stealing in without awareness or permission until it smacks me in the face full on.  Elaborate scenarios of helpless hopelessness fill my mind and heart until I become dispirited and discouraged…as if the power to think/plan/live my life comes from me.  That is the insidious nature of performance-based paradigms.

Jesus is not insensitive to these workings of the mind and heart; He does not brush us aside, minimize our feelings or the situation.  He does not tell us to “just snap out of it”.  In other words, He is not a bully. He does not stand there pointing His finger at us, self-righteously scolding us for how we have failed.  We must remember who God is!!  Remember that He simply spoke the universe into being.  His compassion toward us is without judgment, as our Abba Father with His favored children.

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness…As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.  Fro He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.”

Psalm 103: 8, 12-14

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16

 God’s goodness, love, and blessings are laid out in His promises, His Word, His love letters to us.  As we come aside to Him in our secret place, He will overwash us with the balm of His presence, shrinking our fears and circumstances into proper perspective.  When I came to Jesus, He told me to look at my cat and follow his example.  So I observed…my cat does some activity for a little while, then rests.  Then he repeats this process over and over.  “That,” Jesus pointed out, “is how I want you to do YOUR work.”

Jesus wanted me to remember that it is for freedom that He set us free, that He does not want me to take on the yoke of slavery that anyone, including myself, places on me. {Galatians 5:1}  He invited me to relax into His peace, His rest, even in the midst of tasks.  He reminded me that He works when we rest in Him…He will not “take the wheel” until we relinquish it.  For most of us, that normally seems to mean us becoming exhausted from working in our own strength.

I need to remember that when faced with overwhelming burdens and the fears that accompany them, that God has His arms underneath mine so that I can walk, because I am resting in Him, His sufficiency, and His protection.  Will you join me in that rest?

“The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.  O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:7,8

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  I John 4: 10

 ~Denise Chambellan

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