• Amanda Zwanziger

Herding Cats

Be a sheep...not a cat

Sheesh. I can’t imagine what God is thinking right now. He’s been chasing me around trying to get my attention and I’ve been running around pouncing on everything else. He’s been jumping up and down, waving a red flag, hollering at me “get your crap together women”.

And I’ve been oblivious.

Who am I kidding, I haven’t been oblivious, I’ve known it all along. I’d like to say I’ve given an honest effort to give God my attention, but the reality is, I’ve been choosing to let the rest of life distract me. I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve had God ADD going on. As a result, I feel like I have had no traction, no direction and feel I am getting absolutely nowhere. Honestly, it feels like I’ve been chasing my tail. And if I were to venture a guess…God feels like He’s been herding a cat.

Now, I’m sure when you think of the references in the bible to the Shepherd (God) leading His flock (that would be us kids), the last thing you’ve probably ever thought of was God leading a flock of cats. And rightly so. The bible is very clear about us being His “sheep” and God very much views us in that light. But sometimes, I have to imagine, God goes through periods where He feels He is actually herding cats.

You may ask...where is she going with this? Hear me out. Sheep are instinctively created to be herd and led. It is the sheep's flocking instinct that allows sheep herders to look after and move large numbers of sheep. This is awesome for God, because He obviously has a giant flock to lead and move to eternity. So, if they are instinctively following Him, the job is easier.'

But cats on the other hand. Cats are not instinctively created to be herd or led. I mean think about this. Cats can’t be controlled. Cats will do what they want. If I tried to get my cat to obey me, she would give me a snide scowl and mouth the words “bite me”, then prance off. Cats, we can safely say, have a mind of their own. That’s why so many people actually hate cats. (Obvi I am not a cat hater…I have one)

You get my analogy, right? But here’s the difference in my analogy between cats and people though. We, as in people, are all instinctively created to be led by God. We are all created to be His sheep. But sometimes we CHOOSE to act like cats instead.

We refuse to listen.

We refuse to obey.

We choose to defy.

We do our own thing.

And while that must frustrate the crap out of God, He loves us just the same.

Let’s put this in perspective.

Our kids for example. In their younger years, they follow us around constantly. Always at our heels, climbing into our beds, throwing a fit when we leave. They are created with the instinct to be led by us. They want us to be their shepherd.

But then…they become teenagers (for some I realize this happens much sooner). They refuse to listen. They refuse obey. They choose to defy. Despite how much we try to lead them in the right direction, they decide to do their own thing. They look at us with a snide scowl and whisper the words “bite me” under their breath, then prance off.

This is so frustrating for us as parents.!!! It’s defeating. It’s devastating. It may just be the hardest thing ever of all time! All that we have done to shape then instantly destroyed! Having 5 teenagers in every grade of high school right now, I’m feeling this pain! (Lord help me!)

Despite how well we’ve raised them, despite the values we’ve instilled in them, and despite the great people they’ve been created to be, there are points in kids lives that they will do anything to avoid being controlled. They act like cats.

And I think we can all relate; herding cats is no fun at all.

But that doesn’t change how we feel about our children. Doesn’t change the fact that we love them to our core. Doesn’t change the fact that we want the very best life for them. And it doesn’t change the fact that we will do anything in our power to help lead them again.

That’s how God feels about us. Even though sometimes we look in God’s direction and run the opposite way, He will always be trying to herd us. We don’t have to be the easy sheep, we can be the crazy cat. He will always welcome us back to His flock.

God does not hate cats. In fact, God, is a cat hoarder. He’s got a boat load of ‘em, and He’s loving them to death.

Here’s what God wants all of us cats to know. We are all on a mission. We are all following some direction to the end point in our lives. We may all have our own vision of what that end point is, but God knows there is only one. The only one…Point B (eternity). How we get from where we are now, Point A, to Point B is up to us.

One thing our great shepherd knows for sure, if you are a sheep following right behind Him, it’s a sure a lot easier to get there. We can go with our instincts.

To follow Him

To let Him guide us

To let Him direct our decisions

To be His disciple

But we can also know this for sure. If we choose to ignore those instincts, and we refuse to listen, we refuse to obey, we choose to defy, it’s ok. We can ALWAYS come back to Him. We should ALWAYS come back to Him. He WANTS us to come back to Him.

Be the cat that comes back. Who can’t stay away. Be the cat that comes back the very SAME day.

😊 (I win the cheese award for the day)

"As for you, My sheep, the sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God," declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 34:31
"Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
For thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. "As a shepherd cares for His herd in the day when He is among His scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day." Ezekiel 34:11-16
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