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Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Parable from Herman the Cat

God will take care of tomorrow. Yes, I should make plans for whatever I truly have control over in the future, but not for those things over which I have no control. If I seek His kingdom, if I obey what He wants me to do today and follow His promptings for any planning for tomorrow, then I can entrust tomorrow to God. He promises in Matthew 6:34: "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Herman, unfortunately, couldn’t quite trust in that. Recently, Larry and I had lunch at our friends’ home, John and Dixie Murray, and they told us about their cat, Herman. Herman has gone to cat heaven now, but we were enthralled to hear about him.
Black And White Cat Stock Photo Herman was a twenty-pound, black-and-white-mix cat who loved to eat. John and Dixie were generous in feeding him, but when the food in Herman’s bowl got a little thin—you know, he could see the bottom through some of the food—he got nervous. He would pace and meow and look up at John and Dixie, worried that his bowl wasn’t full of food. John and Dixie laughed when they saw the pacing, meowing, and worry-lines on Herman’s forehead. After all, the bowl wasn't even empty yet; we’re talking “starting to see a tiny portion of the bottom of his bowl while there’s still plenty of food.”
As John and Dixie pointed out to us, within a foot of Herman’s bowl was a pantry with a ten-pound bag of Herman’s cat food. There was always plenty, but Herman couldn’t trust in that. If the bowl started to look empty, he figured there was something to worry about.
Worry is unnecessary for us too. We are more important than Herman, the birds of the air, or the flowers in the field. Trust in God’s sovereignty to provide for every need you have. He knows what’s best and He will do it.
After all, it’s not about you; it’s all about God.

(Excerpt from Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries: Finding Peace in All Kinds of Weather by Kathy Collard Miller)
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(photo from foto76 at freedigitalphotos. net)

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