attention

Well, the Simmons house got a new cat about a month ago and it is still very much more like a kitten than a cat. Now, anyone that knows me knows I am not a real big fan of pets, but of course my wife loves cats. After several years of not having a cat around the house, Annette really wanted to have one again so she found this little feline and brought it into our home. Everything has worked out just fine because Annette works from home and has the availability to watch him, take care of him, and give him attention, which allows me and the cat to stay in our own spaces. Well, things changed drastically this week as Annette had to leave on a business trip for a WHOLE WEEK. That Cat of ours has been spoiled by the constant attention of Annette and now she is gone and I am gone all day. I think you can probably see where this is going. That Cat needs attention. Now, when I say needs attention I mean NEEDS ATTENTION!! The minute I wake up in the morning until I walk out the door that cat is all around my feet, purring and meowing, demanding attention. When I get home from work it’s at a whole other level of neediness. So, the other night I was sitting on the couch watching baseball and he came and sat by me. I was cool with that. He laid there and would paw at my arm but that’s as far as the affection was going to go. All of a sudden he reached back and clawed at my hand. And yes, he broke the skin! Then he just looked at me. Of course the Cat (whose name is Nigel) was simply insisting that I pay more attention to him and striking at me was his way of saying that.
 
How much is that just like us as human beings? We crave attention. There is nothing wrong with wanting some attention. God made us that way so we could reflect His desire to know us and love us and for us to know Him and love Him. The sad thing is that sometimes we crave attention so badly we srtike out in hurtful and painful ways thinking that’s the only way we will get our needs met. I have seen too many painful and hurtful things done by people desiring attention. 

Be careful when you feel the need for attention or affection that you don’t lose sight of your position as a child of God who promises to never leave us or forsake us. Set your attention on Him first and see what He has for you.
 
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8