2019-03-11 - Scardey-Cat
"… Don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time." (Matthew 6:34 TLB)
My cat must have had a tough upbringing, as a kitten. Sunset is very sensitive to noises. If someone sneezes or coughs, for instance, her ears perk up, and she looks for the nearest exit. Even though she has lived with us for a year, Sunset is still afraid of sudden movements. I tell Sunset she's okay, but my human words aren't penetrating her feline mind. I don't want her to be scared all her life.
The Lord doesn't want us to be scaredy-cats, either. While my issues are deeper than everyday noises that trip up Sunset, the concept of fear and timidness is the same. The Bible tells us "Don‘ worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don‘t forget to thank him for his answers." (Philippians 4:6 TLB) Instead of letting my emotions take over, I need to tell God my fears and ask for His help in becoming calm. When we change our focus and share our feelings with God, fear's power diminishes.
Lord, You know there is nothing to fear. Help me to live that way, knowing my focus should be on You and not on the anxiety I feel. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.