Meow, meow, meow…
We don’t own a cat, but as I drifted in and out of a state of sleep, I could hear meowing. I felt suspended between reality and dreamland, uncertain of my surroundings. I thought my preschool son was making cat sounds that sounded remarkably real. But why was he still up and why would he be meowing?
Confusion enveloped me.
Then, my husband’s voice entered my head and I snapped back to wakefulness. “Why is there a cat in our house?” He questioned. Still groggy, I began to realize that the cat was part of reality, not a dream.
My husband was able to remove the cat without incident and determined that it had entered through the back door which had been blown open by howling winds. It must not have latched completely when the kids came in earlier that afternoon.
Doors serve a purpose in our lives. They keep unwanted creatures out of our house. They offer protection from the weather. They are useful in conserving energy when heating or cooling our homes. They even offer a welcoming entrance into the comfort of home after a hard day at work.
Likewise, we have “doors” into our hearts and minds. Doors such as awareness and self control that guide our decisions in life. Doors such as the Word of God that protect us from hatred and unforgiveness. When we get careless and forget to use such doors effectively, things can wander in unexpectedly. Pride, greed, and stubbornness can slip through. Laziness and gluttony begin meandering through the homes of our heart searching for a place to settle in. Let’s be on guard for these unwanted visitors that slip through the back door when we’re not looking. Let’s rest in the comfort of God’s protection as we allow Him to cover our hearts and minds.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23