22nd November 2009
I have discovered the terrible truth about my cat. Rubey is two-timing me. I never thought she would do it, but there you go. Almost daily she disappears off somewhere. She goes across the road and down the lane but I don't know where she goes from there. If she sees me watching her, she turns around and comes back.
So what is she up to? Is she meeting with other cats? I doubt it, because she has never really thought much of other cats. Is she looking for rats and mice? It's possible, but I suspect there is something else going on. Rubey is going off somewhere and scrounging food. Somebody is feeding her, and no doubt she goes there meowing hungrily and pretending I don't look after her. Cheeky, ungrateful cat.
But I have to be honest and say that I don't really mind Rubey going off and making friends. Whoever is feeding her is clearly treating her well and Rubey always comes home again. If someone was giving her poison, or trying to harm her or trap her I would not be so happy and I would do whatever I could to stop her from going there. But if she was determined to sneak off, she would find a way.
The Old Testament describes God as a jealous God who becomes angry when his people chase after idols. God knew that idols could not give life or anything good to the people who went to them. God is the only true source of the life that our spirit needs. Isaiah 55 says "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare....seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near"
It's tempting at times to walk away from God and think we can find fulfilment elsewhere. The world can look so attractive and promises happiness, fulfilment and purpose in life. But it's promises are empty. We become like a cat sneaking off down the road for a feed, only to discover we are eating sawdust, or worse, snail bait. God is the one who gives us tuna, and fresh water and brushes out our tangles. It is God who forgives our sin and transforms us and gives us purpose and loves us beyond what we are able to comprehend.
And regardless of where we have wandered or how often, God is willing to accept us back!