LET ME SET THE SCENE
It is just after breakfast, Hannah and Bing are running around like chickens with their heads
cut off, doing this and that, trying to get ready to get Hannah to daycare. The breakfast table cleared, the dishes done, and a single bowl with leftover breakfast scraps sits on the counter ready to be joined with other food scraps later in the day which will go to feed our dog, our puppy, our cat, and a devious and sinister black cat that frequently comes around at mealtimes or any time food is being cooked or eaten. I call him Blackie.
MORE ABOUT THIS BLACK CAT.
The cat on the outside is not totally black, in fact it does have some white on it as well, but inside it is the devil incarnate. This is a cat that frequently hangs around our cat and frequently gets into fights with our cat. (our cat wins). It doesnt come across as brazen, mean, and vicious, but rather is very subtle, and sly, manipulative and selfish. Yes selfish, I thought this perhaps this was a neighbours cat, but Jerome my son insists no it is not despite it frequenting over in their kitchen also.
HE IS QUICK TO SNUGGLE AND RUB AGAINST YOUR LEG IF HE WANTS SOMETHING AND WILL MEOW IN THIS WHINEY TONE AS IF TO SAY ” IM REALLY STARVING FEED ME, FEED ME … I’M GOING TO DIE!” BUT WHEN NO FOOD UP FOR GRABS …. HE IS LIKE A WILD CAT, WONT BE PETTED, WONT BE AROUND PEOPLE, AND EVERYTHING IS ABOUT HIM AND WHAT HE CAN GET! HE IS THE DEVIL INCARNATE DRESSED UP AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.
THE DEVIOUS PLOT TO RID US FOOD LEFT OVERS
Some might say, “Paul, your exaggerating, things can not really be all that bad.” , but my response is “deep fry some tilapia (fish) and see what he gets like!” The idea with the bowl of leftovers on the counter is that we will wait until it is full enough, (sometimes by lunch but other times not until later) and then we will serve it up to all the pets in the house. It is not that we are trying to keep good things from them but rather we have more good things to add to it first. But he, (and he will often tempt our cat to also get in on the action under the guise that if he doesn’t he will not get “all the good stuff”
So He jumps up on the counter very quietly and subtly, and will go through the bowl trying to find the meat. If there is a piece of pork, chicken and especially fish he will grab it jump down eat it in private and then go back up for seconds until we happen to notice and shoo it off the counter and out the door. but this is not the worst of it.
LEFT OVERS MEANT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION LATER
If that were not enough he has an insatiable appetite for most any human food. It was not enough that he wanted to get into the bowl of scraps for the animals but he also is quick to jump up on the table knock the upside-down plate off that covers the plate of food and eat as much and as quickly as he can. There has been times where we got our ulam early (A meat or vegetable (or both)dish that is a rice topper) and we set it on the table with a dish covering it. I remember One time I was setting up for lunch, and I set out a can of sardines. A dish had been placed over it and while I waited for the others to get ready, I went to do something else as I wanted to be productive with my time. I hear the sound of a dish hitting the table which got knocked to the floors, and I sprung up (as fast as an obese person can spring up) and ran yelling and screaming at the blackie, who then grabbed the last piece of sardine and darted off the table and out the back door. He of course doesnt go far. It is as if he is saying ” I won ….. ha ha ha ha ha!” It is as if he is mocking us and ready to make another attack.
Aren’t we often similar to Blackie? We come across as nice and friendly when we want or think we could get something or when a person is showing favor to us. Oh we don’t want to have people think bad of us, we come with our masks, making ourselves out to be honest, truthful, kind, generous, and so many other things, but really we are inwardly like the devil incarnate. That sinful nature springs up over and over again, and we are quick to make sure that we get the biggest piece of cake, the better toy, be first to the tv remote so We can control the channel, and we insist that our preferences be honored over others, so that we get what we want, when we want it. We try to appear as angels, when really when really we are sinners who struggle daily with our sinful nature. The funny thing is, It is not that Christ is trying to keep good things from us, just as I was not trying to keep good things from Blackie, but rather there were bigger and better things yet to come and the timing was not yet. But just as blackie was taking 2nd best by being selfish and greedy and not waiting for the best, we too are often selfish and greedy and take 2nd best instead of waiting for the best. We treat others around us as second class citizens and do not show them the love and respect that they deserve because we are acting in our own self interests.
Lord, help us today to not be selfish and self serving but rather serving others and thinking of them first. Help us to understand that you are not trying to withhold good things from us but rather have better things for us, bigger and better but we must trust you and wait for you to give us what we need. Lord forgive us for our selfish attitude and for not trusting you. Make us more like yourself, help us to trust you and live for you wholly. In Jesus Name Amen