She normally acts like what she is…the princess of her kingdom.
She is confident and relaxed, well fed and much loved.
She knows that and she knows anything that threatens her will be handled by me.
She knows who her protector and provider is.
Inexplicably she began to act nervous and disturbed.
She would walk up to my chair and yowl anxiously about some unseen threat.
She would only lay down facing the door, vigilant in case that unknown terror were to invade us.
She slept the same way, thus getting little if any sleep at all.
I would inspect the area for dangers, even carry her through it, yet she could not find peace.
Finally, she decided the only safe place in her world was on my lap.
She stayed there as much as possible until the presence of her master enabled her to overcome the fear of her world.
Lately, I’ve been very out of sorts.
I haven’t slept well or ate well, or been a winsome companion of anyone but the devil.
Unlike Miss Kitty, I can identify the things that frighten me.
Fear of aging, fear of illness, fear of poverty, fear for the church, fear for my friends, fear of what the future holds for my family…fear of becoming too fearful.
Fear is a sensible response to what is happening around us and in the world.
The world can be a scary place.
“And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
(Luke 12:22–32 ESV)
He is your provider and protector.
You are adopted heirs of the royal family.
Anything that concerns you will be handled by Him.
He had this written down because He knew we would be afraid.
He’ll carry you through.
When you’re too afraid to seek the kingdom seek His lap.
Make your own application…