At this time of year, there are a lot of bugs that get stuck to vehicles.
Driving down the road, the tiny little orange and black insects are everywhere.
In order to keep them from permanently damaging the paint, I decided it was time for a late afternoon car wash.
As I walked toward my car with the supplies I needed, I saw him.
A beautiful ring-tailed cat sitting on the top of it.
Putting down my supplies, I slipped into the house to get my camera.
He was still there when I returned.
Trying not to be alarming, I moved slowly.
After a few shots, he decided that I might not be a safe person for him.
He jumped off the car and began walking away.
I attempted to make a "meow" sound and he glanced back at me before he walked around the corner of a fence, out of my sight.
Calling out, I said, "Here, kitty, kitty."
I watched to see if he would return.
Our family owns two cats, both of which we rescued as strays.
The first was a kitten underneath a home we rented; the second wandered to the home we now have, malnourished and starving.
Both of those cats are happy to see us when we arrive home.
They purr when we hold them and they like to be near us.
They know us.
We know them.
They are not afraid when we call them.
The cat on top of my car was not mine.
I don’t know that cat.
He doesn’t know me.
In John, chapter 8, Jesus is speaking to those gathered around Him.
He said, "Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
How many times do people see God in their lives, but they don’t trust Him?
They don’t know Him, and they decide that maybe He isn’t safe.
Even if they hear Him call to them, they glance back, but then make the choice to walk away.
What is your heart telling you today?
Have you heard God calling, but only glanced back toward Him?
It’s not too late.
God wants you to know Him.
He wants you to trust Him.
He wants you to hear Him.
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