Published November 11, 2014

Shelia Shares....

Today a guest article takes the place of my "Shelia Shares." Pastor Bill is the article's author and challenges us to see if we have similar characteristics to a family cat.

- Shelia

"Free Will"
by Pastor Bill

Scripture: "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture" (John 10:9, NKJV).

When I grew up we had a number of cats pass in and out of our lives. My mom's nickname was even "Cats" for all the cats she brought home even as a child. Of all the cats that ever passed through our house one stands out. His name was "Frank," and while amongst us he rose to "best ever fluffy cat" status.

I remember a time when Frank had been outside for a while and began meowing because he wanted to come in. I opened the door and waited, but he did not come in! He stopped and lowered his head in a slight bow. "Come on, Frank," I said impatiently.

He sat down thoughtfully and began to wash his face.

"Frank," I said, "I'll give you food, and this is Minnesota so it is warmer in here than out there. Now I'm personally inviting you into this house. Please come in."

Frank put one foot across the threshold, then drew it back. He turned to look out across the yard like he was sensing imminent danger — he didn't come in.

"Frank," I said, "I'm not going to stand here forever. If you don't come in, I'm going to close this door. This is your last chance!"

I started to slowly close the door. Did he come in? No, he sat down, exercising his free will. He'd come in when he was good and ready and not before. He figured I'd be patient. So far, I had always obliged.

God made cats; He also made you and me. I wonder how He feels when He stands at the door and waits — and waits — and waits. I think I know.

Prayer: "Father, thank You that when I was ready, Jesus was patiently holding the door for me. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!"

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