The cat purrs against my leg. I look down at her and ask, “What do you want?” I pick her up, she wants down. I give her food, she walks away. Is life that simple? Just purr affectionately to be seen?
To be, to be seen, to be…come.
We can’t escape that there are desires and passions inside of us waiting to become. Even a cat knows this.
We know there is more we have to offer, though we might not say it out loud or be able to put it into words. Try purrring. Our dreams are our stories still in prrrocess. When we stop dreaming, we stop writing the good story. The God story. We stop the process.
Lately, I have been so afraid that my dreams aren’t the right dreams that I’ve stopped allowing myself to purrrsue those dreams. But what if they are the right dreams? What if God Himself planted the seeds of those dreams?
Somehow the cat reminded me, it’s up to me to at least give them a little water.
I may be uncertain about the next step, but I am certain about God, and to be certain about God means I will be uncertain about my days. For I do not know what a day may bring. He knows.
I may not always see what it is God is doing, He does.
What if living our utmost for God is about being willing to continually reinvent ourselves?
On one hand, we are here to serve, but on the other hand, to take charge, to keep becoming and growing the Good work of building God’s Kingdom on earth. By both caring for the present and pursuing the future we will be stretched, but balanced.
As Spiritual beings we are always becoming. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked the blind man. “I want to see,” he said (in Mark 10).
It’s about the coming together of God in his perfect greatness with us in our not perfect smallness. It’s the process of life, the receiving of grace, the offering of hope, the restoration of joy.
I want to see. That’s such a profound answer to the question. I want God to open the eyes of our hearts. I want to hold on to the dream of becoming all we’re meant to be.
How can we seek the great and perfect things of God if we don’t allow ourselves to dream? How could I have let go of that?
I might have been prepared for what’s possible, but when did I stop being ready to live the impossible?
For some reason I’m humming Man of La Mancha…what do you want?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Amen. I love this musing. As I sat in the car lot at the high school waiting for my two girls to emerge years ago, I had a troubling question for God. It was weighing heavily and I was confused. Believe it or not, the car I’d parked in back of bore a bumper sticker that suddenly came into focus: ‘I know My plan for you’ saith the Lord..
❤️ Well, yes — so WHY do we often forget the rest of His statement?? 💕
“I may not always see what it is God is doing, He does.”
True. Our God is in heaven and he does what he pleases. It says that somewhere in the Bible. 😇
I like how you worked Prr into worlds like prrocess. Perhaps we should all be more cat like in our approach to life—just keep purring our dreams.
It’s never good to play whack-a-mole with our dreams. They are like a shoot coming up from seed and never allowed to take shape. I am very guilty of this.
“It’s never good to play whack-a-mole with our dreams. They are like a shoot coming up from seed and never allowed to take shape.”
Gary, please add this to your good book of Garyisms! 😄💛
Well they do always land on their feet! ❤️
Your story is so like many I’ve heard lately; my own story. You’ve articulated it so well. I can identify with what you’ve expressed more eloquently than I ever could.
I don’t know! Thank God for bumper stickers! 🙂 ♥️
Oh, Jane, I doubt that! Thanks for reading! ❤️
Deb, recently I was having the fear that as my life went on, I would run out of dreams. But as I turned 70, thinking I was “in the home stretch,” I realized there are still goals to be met, and I truly believe the Lord isn’t going to call me home until I’ve finished all He has for me to do. … Guess I’d better get busy! 😏
Annie, I love that. I’m right there alongside you! 💕
Beautiful story well narrated! 👏
Thank you, Priti. 💛
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