We just finished a two day retreat for our management team. No, not a holiday, rather it was two days of planning for 2010. And I learned a great life-lesson from a cat while we were there at Black Bear Cove. You see, when they showed up the first day to break ground at Black Bear, this little black and white kitten came out of the woods to greet them. He spent the whole first day riding on the bulldozer with them as they worked the land. He's been there ever since. So what lesson is there in a cat that takes up residence at a mountain lodge? Check this out: He knew somebody was doing something special and he got on board. Once he figured out they were building something he did what any cat would do and that's establish the fact that this would be his new home. Long before the building was finished, he had already staked his claim. See, I think the cat is pretty smart. He saw the wonderful thing they were doing FOR HIM and he accepted the offer. He didn't even debate whether or not it was a good deal. His faithfulness to come back every day resulted in a permanent home and a famliy that loves and cares for him. The Bible says Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks. He's offering a better deal than a beautiful building (although a mansion is included!) He's offering eternal life. Will you be as smart as the Black Bear Cove cat? Accept what Jesus is offering without question, reservation or hesitation? And here's another lesson. The cat knows to come to the door, meow, and he'll get in and get lots of attention. He has faith that when he comes to the door, it will open and he'll get to come inside. He can't see what is on the other side of that door, but he has the faith it will open to him. Do we have the faith that God will keep His promises to us? Can we believe even when we can't see?
You can learn a lot from a cat!