"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11
Have you ever given a pill to a cat? We are temporarily keeping our son's cat, and she's been battling a raging infection. Shots, medicine, surgery... and now, more medicine. I am about ready to wring her fluffy neck. Claire is a horrible pill taker. For the first pills we wrapped her up in a towel, like a straight jacket. With this round of pills we supposedly could just add it to her food. Ha! That's a joke. First, i hid it in her regular cat food, then cheese, then tried 2 varieties of gourmet cat food. Rudely and loudly she turned up her nose and refused it. Next, we tried her favorite treat -- chicken from the table. With the chicken she did partake, BUT she meticulously picked, clawed and ate the chicken without even a trace of the pill clearing her lips.
Claire is a master at taking what she wants and leaving behind what she needs.
Her story could be mine too -- taking what i want and refusing what i need. God has frequently wrapped up blessings for me in various situations, to strengthen and grow my faith. I nibble on what's good, pleasing and easy then turn my nose up to the true blessing. While i whine, fight and pout He still pursues me, because His love is relentlessly.
What appears bitter at the on sight proves to be better and of great value later. When we finally receive the blessing God intends for us, His Power infiltrates our soul, producing Fruit --such as perseverance, patience, kindness, compassion.
Father, keep pushing me to be better. May i swallow my pride with Your living water and humbly accept all the blessings You have for me. Thank You.
friend, we are loved and chosen by God,