Found the scripture to finish this silly not so silly writing from a couple weeks ago..
1John 5:18-21 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
I don’t know anything about why cats have instinctual cat movements, but they are curious for sure. My cat will cover her food symbolically, will shake excitedly, and instead of simply covering the litter she spends her time brushing the sides of the little box.. weird, cool, funny, instinctual… since our cat is so smart, an engineer cat and nursemaid cat, she also seems that she knows she’s “just going thru the motions” which are archaic and vestigial with not of house-living physical value. It is as if she says with her eyes: “don’t judge me – I can’t help this.”
Scrape scrape scrape unless she catches you watching her. Yup.
Am I instinctual? Are we? Yes of course, hormones and brain workings, fight or flight, and being risk averse. Parental instincts. We are human too. However, we ARE different than animals in our consciousness. However we ALL have our moments of “I can’t help this.” But for us we are to TRY to think of why we do things. And ask for Heavenly Help when we want to stop.
I, like many, find myself in plenty of opportunities to grow in my spiritual journey. With awakening, I went from 0 to 60 Spirit miles per hour in like double four time. Took so long, years and years, for the Lord to snap me into my spiritual car seat with a Jesus seatbelt. Let’s face it, our Holy Spirit lifeplan has us in a supersonic vehicle with no release lever. Once Jesus has you, He has you.
Let’s get back to that cat. Our cat is missing her cat mom, my college daughter, and I am a poor substitute in entertainment. So she is biding her time in this house entertaining herself, basically she owns the whole house for her choices of where to lounge. She surveys the scenes from her perch on top of the stairs, and had at least 6 cat beds/boxes she created herself. Unlike my cat growing up who simply came to snuggle, this cat comes with her own agenda.
I like it when she kneads the bed, it’s instinctual and I get that. Likewise it takes me a while to settle down too into any task or rest. But in the morning, I have now had, a couple times, the feeling of a phantom cat kneading. Weird. Nice? Scary? What? Weird. I try to shake it off but it is weird and I want to anticipate it.
I do not know if I am imagining this or maybe there was a possum inside my bed mattress (highly unlikely). I don’t believe in ghosts but I know there are angels and I know there is a spirit world where good battles evil all the time. So was my phantom cat kneading as an angel cat or something else. After I thought it was cute it did concern me and this happened a couple mornings but then I realized I need to remember that good ALWAYS triumphs over evil, even if it is not immediately seen. If this kneading was not of the angel nature, then surely an angel or Jesus could take care of it. (I anticipate that it is a good sign for me to simply get out of bed and get moving, but I linger.) So surely a BIG angel cat would probably feel stronger than a light simple cat kneading. Not long after these ponderings and feelings, my live actual cat has leaped on the bed and her kneading is MUCH stronger with MUCH more weight applied, and it is ALL OVER your legs climbing all over you and even coming up to study EXACTLY where to give you a BITE on the hand, arm, toes, forehead, to GET YOU OUT OF BED. I told you, she HAS an agenda. Whether it is time for cat treats or time for opening the front door for cat TV, you serving her with your hands, for things she can not do, is in HER agenda.
Of course this helped me realize that if my actual living cat had so much more power than any phantom cat or whatever, and she’s only one small cat, then imagine that INTENSE LOVE and care from angel armies for us. My angel cat can be the sunshine of the day, so imagine how BRIGHT the LIGHT of Jesus and all the Spirit blessings are. Imagine how STRONG the GOOD WINS OVER EVIL, even in a broken world. Instinctual behavior or not, we can overcome all, in a heavenly sense, as we know the Spirit lives inside of us.
Yes, the scripture says: “the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
I have not felt that sensation since but ALSO because I have NOT looked for it, because our focus is supposed to be on Jesus, not leading ourselves astray. Keep focus edand let Jesus lead, we are in the world but not of it. I’m not supposed to get carried away in distractions. We are to remain in Him. It is not silly to talk about this and I honestly would prefer if the evil one KNEW exactly how much I LOVE Jesus and pray that Jesus would make him stand down. How about an action that is better than praying for myself, and to pray for the world’s people, for the good over evil – yes to fight the good fight in the world. Jesus is of course personal and prays for the Father to intercede for His disciples.
Yes, don’t trample my angel cat’s walk – and surely don’t underestimate Jesus – He ALREADY won over evil, won over death, and lives inside of us.
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Amen and amen
Remain in Him.