He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge…You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day…” Psa. 91:1,4-5
For years and years we’ve had the same cat who is now an old lady. All she does is pretty much sleep, and we feed her and love on her and tell her how pretty she is! She’s the Queen. But the kids have been asking us for a kitten for years now. The answer is always no. Too much work, too much money. Who knows what bad habits another animal may have! But last spring while my 15-year-old was sick, a coworker had a kitten available for adoption. It was two days before my daughter’s birthday and it seemed that God telling me that this was the right time to adopt another cat.
So we brought her home and named her Bella. She is now 10 months and has been a great joy to us. She was like therapy for my daughter while she was sick, a comfort to her and someone else for my daughter to think about care for. We all enjoy her! Its like having a new baby in the house. Everyone loves to see the next crazy or cute thing the kitten has done! God has blessed us through this little kitten during all of our hard times. She has brought life and joy into our household, the kind that only a kitten can experience: exuberant, carefree life!
The other morning I opened up her cat door early in the morning because she kept meowing until it was opened, and I was trying to sleep! It was not light yet and soon I hear cats fighting outside my bedroom window. I realized it had to be our kitten, Bella. And she was too young to contend with an adult cat. So I opened the bedroom window and yelled at the intruding cat, scaring him away. Then I ran outside in the front yard in my pj’s like a mad woman to make sure my kitten was okay! I didn’t find Bella right away, but I did find the other cat, whom I scared further off our property.
As I came back into the house, Bella was there waiting for me. She seemed a little scared, but she was fine. I closed her cat door, and she did not seem to have a problem with staying in now. I guess she’d had enough excitement for one day! I crawled back in bed, and she came with me. Then she crawled under the covers and curled up next to me. And I realized there she was safe. No one could even come close to her here. She was in our house, locked in. She was in my bedroom with me, on my bed, under the covers, right next to me! Nothing could get to her. I wouldn’t allow it! And even when she had left the house when it was dark and wandered into the front yard and encountered the hostile cat, I would’ve done whatever it took to scare off the intruder and rescue my little kitty.
Then I realized that is how God is with us. He is ready to come down and rescue us from our enemies. I love Psalm 18 (below). That is pretty much what it says about God. He will chase them away and defend us at all costs. He is our Great Protector. He is fierce in His love and protection of us. When we are in distress, when we are in over our heads, He will shake heaven and earth to get to us, to scare away our enemies, to rescue us, to bring us back inside the house, back into His arms and under His protection.
He will cover us and hold us close. We are safe near Him, right next to Him, the closer the better! No one can get to us then. There is no way they could get in the house, in the room with our God and get to us next to Him and under the covers! There we are safely and securely protected, held closely, wrapped in His arms to comfort us after our scary encounter. I am so thankful that we a have a God who loves, cares for and protects us so well. What a great God we have!
“I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me…In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry. Smoke rose from His nostrils, consuming fire came from His mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down…He mounted the cherubim and flew; He soared on the wings of the wind…
He shot arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of breath from Your nostrils…”
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.”
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