The dictionary says this word means to make a shrill sound like a wail. Or, maybe a howl?
It seems my cats give me all kinds of opportunities to learn life’s lessons. They think they have rights that I don’t grant to them. Hmmm.
Both of my cats desperately want to explore what’s on the other side of the guest bedroom door. Both sit and hold vigil whenever I go in or out.
Bubba sits and howls at the door. At any time of the day or night. He’s letting me know that he’s ready. He simply wants in. Nope, not happening. This is a cat free room, for my occasional guests’ sakes. But he seems to think he has a right to go in and discover or maul anything he wants.
Sissy does him one better. Whenever I open the door to squeeze through, she streaks through my legs anyway and prances around the bed before I grab her and toss her back out the door. She plops with her back to me, pins her ears back and swishes her tail to show me her displeasure.
Of course, all that howling and pacing gets exhausting. There’s nothing left to do but take a catnap.
The Other Side of the Door or Insistence
Aren’t we like that? We silently howl to know what God has set in place on the other side of the door. Isn’t it a right to get what I want?
I might be losing out on something I desperately desire. Will it come my way? Maybe I need to lay out some steps to make it happen, but if I can’t get in that door, I don’t know what those steps should be. How frustrating!
If I can’t get around that door and explore, I won’t know if something fun is there. I certainly don’t want to miss anything.
I demand to know what’s coming! I want to prepare. I want to KNOW in case something is being withheld from me. I need to see what’s behind that door to know whether or not I need to turn around and run from danger.
Perhaps it’s time to chill. After all, are we ever really in charge anyway?
When Jesus came to earth, He spent a lot of time allaying fears and worries. He said our heavenly Father knows all that we need. He clothes the flowers in the fields. He holds the birds in the air and even coaxes out their songs. He guards the sheep to keep them from harm.
And He said He is much more concerned with each one of us. He will provide, protect, and share with us whatever we need.
We are not to worry. We are to seek Him, and His righteousness and He will cover all of our concerns.
In doing so, we will not be shaken.
“For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:32b-34).