Last week in my neighbor's yard there was a litter of kittens and we didn't see the mom. One of them was walking towards us really frisky and playful away from the other kittens taking off, it looked like it wanted to get away and be adopted.
We took the cute thing into our home and adopted it. So I thought I was doing the right thing, not knowing how young it was.
Well here is the thing, the kitten now, keep crying for its mom,, it went off but it can't take care of itself, and we are so busy we don't have the time its mom did to cuddle it and feed it every couple of hours. Luckily our friendly dog love it and is giving it constant attending and cuddling it.
On the meantime the Mom cat has surfaced and for days she has relentlessly been searching for her kittens--crying and calling them. She won't give up. Now, I read online that this last a few days, and then the mom gives up and moves on.
This reminded me of God---we often think in just the masculine terms of father. But God is neither male nor female as God is spirit. Just like the cat in the story---God is a relentless mother who cares for us and nurtures us--giving us all we need, protecting us and keeping us safe.. Like the kitten, we turn away from God try to go out and do our own thing (sin) and we realize that the things we try to replace God with can't fill our needs and we are lost. God like the relentless mother searches everywhere for us, crying out hoping we will come back home. BUT UNLIKE A CAT, WHO WILL EVENUTALLY FORGET AND GIVE UP, GOD NEVER DOES HE WAITS FOR US TO RETURN HOME AND SEACHES FOR US.
JESUS TOLD A SIMILAR STORY OF LOST SHEEP AND THE GOOD OWNER
JESUS TOLD A SIMILAR STORY ABOUT GOD IN Luke Chapter 15, and Matthew 18:12-14.
Parable of the Lost Sheep
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!
3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
Parable of the Lost Coin
8 “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”
Parable of the Lost Son
11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.” ’
20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’
28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’
31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’ ”
Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Lk 15:1–32). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.