Recently I did some cat-sitting for friends while they went on vacation. My friend informed me, “Sunny wouldn’t get any exercise if he didn’t have his canned food in the afternoon.” I quickly discovered what she meant. Starting around mid-morning, Sunny would begin gently asking for his canned food and he would progressively get more and more insistant the closer it came to his 3 p.m. feeding time.
My friends have two very comfortable leather easy chairs in their living room. When I wasn’t busy doing other things, I would sit in one of them and work on my computer or read. Sunny would start his routine by jumping in my lap or beside me. In the early stages, Sunny would be satisfied with being petted and loved on. When he realized nothing was going to happen, he would jump down. A short time would pass and then, once again, Sunny would jump on my lap or beside me. When this method didn’t work, he would jump to the top of the back and nudge me with his head. HIs next step was to sit beside me and lay his head on the side of my computer or Kindle. Seeing he was getting nowhere with that, he would move his head further onto the keyboard or Kindle. Each time ended with him getting gently shooed away. The closer it was too feeding time, the more insistent his behavior until he was literally in my face.
I wonder what would happen if we were that insistent about asking God to feed us? How would it change our lives? And, is this not exactly what God wants from us? Psalm 42:1 tell us “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” And again in Psalms 62 we are told to “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”