We used to have two cats named Jeffy and Jack. They had to be brought in every night. Jeffy would run and practically jump in your arms, but Jack was a royal pain. He was always out “hunting and exploring.” We would make all those silly sounds that only cat people know about. We would even shake a little dish filled with cat food. Sometimes he’d come, sometimes he didn’t. And when Jack didn’t come in we’d worry all night about him.
One night I went outside to get the cats. Jeffy ran straight at me, then by me, and then into the house. Of course Jack was nowhere to be seen. As I began making those aforementioned silly noises, I spotted him over in a field near our house. I called him. No movement. I moved closer to see what he was doing.
Jack was down low in a hunting position staring straight ahead. I watched him for about five minutes wondering what he was doing. Then I called his name. As I did a little bird popped up off the ground that was right in front of him. Jack leapt after it but it flew away.
Jack then turned towards me with a look that said, “What the heck?! Couldn’t you see what I was doing over here? Hello!! That was one of the best bird hunting expeditions EVER and YOU wrecked it!” After looking one more time at the spot where the bird was, he sulked his way over towards me and let me pick him up.
“Sorry Jack, but you need to come in,” I whispered in his ear. As I put him down inside the house he went over and began to eat some cat food. I’m sure he was thinking, “Geez. I’m eating the same old BORING cat food when I could’ve been feasting on wild fowl fricassee.”
A few hours later Jack was sound asleep on the couch. He didn’t hear the howls and yelps of the pack of coyotes out in the field, but I did. I was sure glad he was inside.
Getting off track
“I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.”
(Psalm 119:10, NIV84)
This verse tells us that we can love the Lord and seek him with all our hearts, but still get off track. So it encourages us to ask God to keep us from straying.
The things that get us off track can seem so important and valid, but they may not be what God wants. So God finds us and directs us back to where we should be, however we complain and see it as an interruption, even a disappointment.
“God what are you doing? That was the best situation for me! There was so much potential! I wish I could’ve just stayed there!”
When God interrupts
The Bible is filled with stories of people who were just going about their business when God called them to do something else. Some went willingly, some not. Some saw burning bushes, some were swallowed by fish. Some were thrust into the limelight, some were assigned to obscurity. But one thing is for sure, anytime God interrupts what people are doing, it’s always for the best.
Someone reading this can’t understand why God didn’t let you finish that project. Or why he didn’t let you stay at that place. You were so close. Things looked so good. Why did God interrupt what was going on?
But it’s okay…
It’s time for you to rest in God’s hands. He knows what’s best for you. He knows about dangers that you’re unaware of. Traps that the enemy’s set for you. He wants to bring you in out of the dark. He feels much better when you’re with him, safe in his arms, feeding on his faithfulness. So close your eyes, you can rest in him.