Naughty Cat Parable
Readings: Isaiah 29:11-19, Ephesians 5:21-33, Mark 7:1-13
If you worship on the Mt. View Campus this Sunday, you will hear Pastor Jon talk about putting on the full armor of God. Something happened with Naughty Cat this week that reminded me of that Ephesians passage. Naughty Cat snuggled up next to me on the couch. She doesn’t often do that, and she doesn’t like the other cat (Midnight) to be on the couch with us. Midnight never wants to be left out, so he began to walk slowly across the room, catching her eye. She gave him “that look,” which he took no notice of and came closer. She stopped purring. When he got to the foot of the couch, Naughty Cat hissed and put her ears back. He hesitated, but jumped up on my other side. More hissing and her little body bristled. He nonchalantly reached out and his leg touched her back. Sometimes she runs away when he does that. But this time, she stood her ground and smacked him on the head. He jumped off the couch. Naughty Cat was triumphant! Parable time. We snuggle up next to our Master, happy and peaceful. The enemy never wants to be left out. Our current enemy - anxiety, discontent, greed, addiction, loneliness or something else - begins to move our way. We notice, and our comfort level with our Master is already changed. Then we feel the enemy moving closer, and our spirit hisses and our body might react or bristle. By the time the enemy actually touches us, we can either run and try to fight him on our own, or smack the enemy on the head and send him away. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13) With the full armor of God on, in Jesus’ Name and power, we can send the enemy away from across the room, and smack him on the head if he gets closer. Don’t let anything draw you away from your Master. Stand your ground and be triumphant!