I couldn’t shake her, Lord… and I didn’t want to.
It was Skippy, our precious Baby. Soft and purr-y. Cuddled with me, closer than my next breath. Curled up by my ribcage… or by my feet. All evening long. Then, all night long.
She must have missed her Mommy-cat.
We had been gone the night before. At Lake Okeechobee. Visiting with friends from up north who were passing through. Staying in a motel. Then fishing all day yesterday.
We “caught” a great time with our friends. Good food and fellowship. We didn’t catch much on the lake. Only a catfish or two… and a speck that was too small to keep.
Maybe it was the cold wind, howling away? Or the clear sunny skies… making them hide all-the-more from the birds of prey overhead? It couldn’t have been the bait… could it, Lord? Fresh, lively minnows. They looked pretty good to me.
But what do I know?
I know I was exhausted by the time we got home last night. Fishing all day, especially in cold wind and sun, sucked the energy right out of me. Especially since I was fishing, fishing, fishing… but not catching.
I know I was warmed to the core when we got home and Skippy stuck to me like a magnet. She had stayed with neighbors the night before. She loves them, too… but there’s no one like her Mommy-cat.
And there’s nothing like loving… and being loved.
I know You know all about that… don’t You, Lord? All about loving, loving, loving… and hoping to be loved in return. Isn’t that what Your special kind of fishing is all about?
I was 36 years old when You courted me in a way that was unmistakable and irresistible. I’m happy to say I fell for You hook, line and sinker! Yet I know it was only by Your grace, Lord. How else could a blind person finally see?
Maybe that’s why I can’t help but fish now, Lord. Hoping the conditions will be right… and whatever bait I use will be attractive.
I know that now, too, it will only be by Your grace. “No one can come to Me unless the Father draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
And I know there isn’t a single fish You wouldn’t want caught… while there is still time. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
What bait shall we use today, Lord?
Still hooked… 🙂