The wife and I decided we had a place in our home for another cat. We already adopted two kitties from a shelter a few years previous. Looking at an area shelter’s web site, I found a young cat that would fit our situation. I did notice another described as Shelby: seven years old, owner placed in a nursing home, adopted once and returned, very scared and hiding.
At the shelter we went into the “cat room” and one of the staff introduced us to the young cat we had come to see. Being cat people, before too long other cats lined up to rub on our legs and we got busy petting a smorgasbord of felines. When we made it to the far corner a large stand held some more fur purrs. While scratching chins there, a motley thing stepped out from behind the stand and meowed at us, then disappeared again. It was Shelby. You probably already figured the rest of the story: we brought home a dirty poodle-like haired creature resembling a raccoon crossed with a jackrabbit and bred back to a cat.
Shelby has her blanket and her spot on the back of the couch. She rolls over to get a tummy brushing with her brush. She sits a spell on the screened-in-porch watching the local critters and spends the remainder of her time eating, getting fat, snoozing, and watching the other two cats play. She’d play, but it just uses up so much energy and well…
Shelby’s life is very different from what it was a year ago. She stepped out of that corner, cried out in fear and found peace. She went from homeless and hiding to her own blanket, spot, brush and abundant abiding.
Maybe today you’re where Shelby was a year ago. Step out when you hear His voice. Cry out when He draws near. He already knows your name, your circumstances, your need, and He has your desired haven prepared. How do I know this? Listen, “Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so the waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.” (Psalm 107: 28-30)
Life will have storms; Jesus calms storms. The waves are going to roll; Jesus makes them still and quiet. He’s our blanket, couch and screened-in-porch. He is our home, our hiding place, and our desired haven.
Shelby talks in cat, but no doubt would agree as the Psalmist continues: “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the company of the elders.” (vs. 31-32)
Perhaps He is guiding you to Calvary Baptist where the Bible is taught and disciples are made. Come join our assembly and company of elders. This church is indeed a desired haven for those who want to truly know Jesus Christ and the abundant life He promises.