As I’ve mentioned before, our cat had 5 kittens last month. I LOVE those kittens. I go out on the porch to pet them and play with them whenever I can, I take pictures of them, and I’m pretty sure no one has ever come on my porch without me imploring them to look at them and see how cute they are. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about keeping all 5 of them (Don’t worry, I’m only keeping one. The rest have loving homes waiting for them). I’ve googled a lot about how to care for them, and I always do what I can to make sure they are healthy and safe. The other thing I do is I worry about them. A lot. However, Rambo, their mama cat (Yes, it’s a girl cat named Rambo… we thought she was a boy), is a very good mama. She always knows what she is doing in taking care of them. In fact, I’ve been amazed through watching this process at how God has designed animals to know just what to do in caring for their young. I don’t need to worry so much about the kittens. Their mom is looking out for them.
I wish I could say the only thing I obsessively worry about is my cats. However, I am constantly fighting the sin of worry in other areas of my life. And yes, worry is a sin- not just a personality tendency or flaw. Jesus commands us not to worry, so worry is disobedience and also demonstrates a lack of trust in Him. And the thing is, I can trust Him because He is a good Father. In fact, He is a perfect Father. He always knows what is best for us. A verse I have been dwelling on a lot lately is Psalm 84:11b “No good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” God is not withholding good things from me! Sometimes it sure feels like He is. There are things in my life I desperately want and do not have. But I know that either they are not good for me, or I will get them someday, either now or in eternity. I think a lot of times we fall into sin because we believe that God is holding out on us- we believe we need this thing to be happy, and God is not giving it to us, so we pursue it in other ways. But I want to choose to believe God. I desperately want what is best for my own children, and would never withhold something good from them. Why would I doubt that God wants what’s best for me, His child?
So, that’s what I’ve been thinking about lately. The next verse is Psalm 84:12, “Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.” I am choosing to trust in my Almighty God who loves me. You may not have kittens around to remind you of this truth, but my prayer is that you will do the same.
Till all know,
Matt, Karissa, Ty, and Wyck
My kids, who God loves even more than I do.
Ty playing Settlers with his friends. How did he get so grown up?
– That God will provide another family for us to partner with
– That God will guide our team in future decisions
– That we can trust God
– That we can serve God well in each day He gives us
– God continues to provide for us
– Matt’s construction/ maintenance role is going fine
– Matt continues to enjoy teaching Bible to junior highers