Finding Hope - Judy
We have a cat. Sure, you say, so do lots of people. But this cat is different from your normal household, sit-in-your lap, purr-as-she's-scratched-behind-the-ears cat: She's a stray, a little gray and white cat who we have dubbed "Little Cat."
What makes our relationship interesting is that we've been getting to know one another for about the past five years. She comes around to our deck for food and water, which we diligently and lovingly give her morning and night. Thanks to a friend, we've also been able to give her a warm pad for a plastic crate we've set up for her as a bed on our deck so that she stays warm during cold nights. It's a pretty good gig for a stray!
After warming up to us over the years, she'll even come as close as the door sill for those special Temptations cat treats--you know, the ones, according to the commercials, that no cat can resist. Recently, Little Cat has, grudgingly, allowed us to pet her and scratch her behind the ears when we feed her.
However, just the other day, my husband had a break-through in our little love-affair with her: He opened our back deck door, left it open, and...Little Cat ventured into our house. Just for a moment. But she came in.
I thought about our relationship with Little Cat as Pastor Rick was speaking to us on Sunday about Staying in Love with God: That God's love is reckless--it's not self-serving or selfish--which is the way we are trying to be with the cat. But our love for Little Cat, selfless as it is, because of its flaws and imperfections, can in no way can compare to God's love. God's love is reckless, defined by Webster: Impulsive, and careless of consequences. Or, as Cory Asbury wrote in his song lyrics, "Reckless Love," God's love is like this: "I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away..."
Cory elaborates about God's love in his blog:
"He doesn’t wonder what He’ll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return. The recklessness of His love is seen most clearly in this–it gets Him hurt over and over. Make no mistake, our sin pains His heart. Yet He opens up and allows us in every time. His love saw you when you hated Him–when all logic said, 'They’ll reject me,' He said, 'I don’t care if it kills me. I’m laying My heart on the line.'"
So, I wondered: Could I let Little Cat see the love I had for her? Could I coax her over the threshold like my husband had done? That next morning I saw her on the deck and tried for a repeat performance: I opened the door, sat in my chair about five feet away, and in she came. My heart swelled when she crossed through that doorway! Even if only for a matter of seconds, she had all four paws in our house, even giving the inside door mat a little scratch!
Isn't this what God wants from us? To romance us with his love, and have us step over His threshold to receive all the gifts he has to offer? He loves us so completely that he'll spend an infinite amount of time wooing us, courting us, and romancing us to let us know how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
What God wants from us in the end is a relationship--and he'll give us WAY more than just a bowl full of food and a scratch behind the ears. Just imagine how much more wonderful God's love is from any you've ever experienced! Won't you venture over the threshold, stay and revel in his love?
Finding Hope within a Community of Faith
Never give up on God even when it seems hopeless