"Be imitators of God,
therefore, as dearly loved children."
The other night, my cat Sneezy did something he has not done in a
long, long time
and it's something I have sorely missed in a
long, long time: as I was lying in bed, he lay down on my chest and
bit of explanation may be in order. When I first adopted Sneezy, as a
kitten, he had a terrible cold (hence his name). He was a very loving
and snuggly cat, and at nights he wanted to lay down on my chest to
fall asleep. However--and I realize this might sound silly
now--because his nose was so stuffed up, he snored something awful. I
know, I know! What a silly thing. But it was just enough to keep me
awake, and so I would move him to the foot of the bed. Alas, he soon
learned to stay at the foot of the bed, even after the cold had
passed. Over the years, Sneezy contented himself to sleeping
elsewhere. At first, it was the foot of the bed; after the arrival of
the dogs, and their presence on the beds, Sneezy simply chose to
sleep in another room.
You can imagine my surprise, then--and happiness--when one night,
out of the blue, Sneezy did something he had not done in four years:
he came and snuggled with me for the night. For me, it was a memory
from Sneezy's childhood. Granted, he was much bigger--and MUCH
heavier--than those long-ago days. But I was happy to have him back;
I was happy to have my child-cat back.
God looks on us as His children. 1 John 3:1 says, "How great is
the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called
children of God! And that is what we are!" We are God's
children! Unfortunately, sometimes we grow away. But we
are God's children--and God always welcomes us back. Indeed, God
cherishes our return.
What a wonderful place to be.
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