Call to me and I will answer you and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
~Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
When the kitties called, I listened.
I told my boys we could get a kitten after we returned from our two-week trip. My youngest expected there to be a cat on the back stoop when we got home, so he was incredibly disappointed when we returned, and no kitten appeared.
Every day for a week, my kids accused me of not looking for a kitten. In my defense, I was searching online, but not wholeheartedly. Finally, we discovered a family in our church was giving away free kittens. I called a family meeting with my kids and announced we would indeed be getting not only one kitten but two. The boys were beyond ecstatic.
We converted the laundry room into a temporary cat dwelling, and we slowly acclimated them to country life outside. They were still too little to leave alone outside at night, but we taught them how to be daytime front porch dwellers.
Several days later, I was inside, working at my computer in the living room, when I heard the little white kitten meowing like crazy on the porch. I jumped up to check on her, and she quickly ran back and forth between my feet, purring. Reaching down, I petted her, picked her up, and consoled her.
Honestly, I think she called to see if I’d come. She needed to know I could be trusted. That when she meowed loudly, I would listen. Puffy simply wanted to feel secure in our new relationship. Just as I desire with God.
When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them.
~Psalm 91:15 NLT
When I call to God, I need to know I can trust Him. That when I cry loudly, He will turn His listening ear. I need to feel secure in our relationship. Just like our new little kitty wanted to feel with me.
The more Puffy meows and I respond, the better our relationship becomes. The more I call out to God and watch Him show up and respond, the deeper our relationship grows.
But if I don’t call, I won’t recognize when God answers. If I’m not praying specifically, I will miss the answers He gives that are right on time and specific to me. And ultimately, I’ll miss Him reaching down, picking me up, and consoling me as only my Father in heaven can do.
How can you practice your call and wait for God to show up and answer?
Father, I’m so thankful You hear me when I call, and not only hear me but answer me. How blessed it is to be thought of, cared for, and loved by You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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