Wednesday, 17 August 2011

An Epoch in the Life of a Cat

The arrival of two red kelpie puppies has not been a dramatic change for us, but for the three cats, it is proving to be a dramatic, ground-breaking upheaval :)

Over the last 12 hours since the puppies' arrival, Violet, Nessie and Rosie have abstained from food and drink, jumped at the sight of any moving thing, and slunk around like dark shadows. Their change of behaviour (and appearance, as you can see), has been remarkable! Their extreme vigilance in avoiding 'the enemy' is remarkable. It reminded me of the importance of vigilance in my own life: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith..." (2 Pet 5:8).

If a cat is on full-alert to face the approach of its enemy at all times, how much more important it must be, for us to be vigilant and watchful! "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

Through watching the hawk-eyed cats over the last day, the Lord also reminded me that I don't need to (that in fact, I can't!) fight this great battle alone, but can instead be vigilant to see the enemy's approach and look to Him. May we, in soberness and vigilance, look to Him today... and plead the precious blood of Jesus over us and our households in the hour of great spiritual attack. Praise Him, the battle belongs to the Lord! "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Ephesians 6:13).


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Amen Maddy, "taking the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God"... and praying always with all faith... where would we be without our precious Saviour? blessings Shaz in oz.x

Maddy said...

Yes, where would we be without Him? - assuredly in an utterly hopeless state. We wouldn't even have entered the battle! All praise to the Lord. Thanks, it was a blessing to hear this. God bless you

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dearest Maddy,

Amen! May the Lord fill us, and Stregthen us through the battle. I praise the Lord for His Sword, and His Spirit.
He is Wonderful.

Thank you for sharing! Cute cats too, by the way.
Love Carra

Maddy said...

Dearest Carra,

Yes, He is Wonderful. And as you said, may He fill us and strengthen us in the battle! Thanks for this thought :), I love to hear from you. I think the cats are pretty cute too... especially when they get a fright like that! Yours look very loveable, too. I imagine those kittens are growing fast, in body and in mischievousness :).

Love, Maddy

Sarah said...

Yes, Amen, Maddy! The battle belongs to the Lord! He is the One who trains us for battle and teaches our hands to use His Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (see Psalm of my favourite Psalms).

The cats are very cute and very, very funny! I know it must be the reflection from the camera flash, but don't you think their glowing 'green/red' eyes are amazing! Is it fear, hate, anger, envy, or just watchfulness?? I think it is all of these together!! What a dreadful combination!

God Bless,
Love in Him

Maddy said...

Thanks, Sarah! I'll be looking at Psalm 18 later, it will be good to hear more about Him training us for the battle, in His Word :).

Yes they are funny, aren't they! The colour of their eyes certainly does look amazing :). Surely it's all of those things put together as you said - all parts making up one whole big surge of antipathy! Some more sparks flew this morning in an encounter between Violet and the two puppies... I think things are going to be interesting :).

God Bless you,

Love Maddy

Joy said...

Dear Maddy,
That is amazing to see the look of amnosity on the cats' faces and their physical posture all wary, envious, fearful in the face of this new 'enemy' that has disrupted their world.Hope all goes well with them all! Thanks for sharing these photos and the cats are really cute. It will be lovely if you could post sometime photos of the new puppies! :)...

Amen! The battle is the Lord's! I was strengthened by what you were saying how we don't need and cannot fight the battle ourselves alone, but be watchful and look to Him! He is our strength in this great spiritual battle. May we always cling to Him and trust in Him at all times. I also love Psalm 18 as well!

Love in Him,

Maddy said...

Thanks Joy, I'll certainly try to take some photos of the puppies. When I tried last night, they were just too active! That's right - their world has been disrupted. Actually, they seem to be quite humbled (for a cat :)). They're seeking our and the other cats' company more, probably to try and secure some allies :).

Yes, May we always cling to the Lord and trust in Him. It definitely is strengthening to know that we can't fight the battle on our own, but can assuredly trust in Him!