My 2 cats Shelly and Cooper couldn’t be more different from each other in terms of looks or personality. While Shelly is outgoing and not afraid of anything, Cooper is extremely shy. My boyfriend and I suspect that he might have been abused as a kitten, or at least wasn’t socialized properly. It took a good month before he finally crawled out from under the couch and opened up to us.
Even after Cooper has opened up to us, he still scares easily. Any sudden noises or movements sends him scurrying under the couch again, so you can imagine what he’s like when I’m vacuuming or have friends over. He’s afraid of the unfamiliar and prefers to stay in his comfort zone, aka, the couch.
Cooper’s fear of the unknown reminds me of, well, me! I don’t like going out of my comfort zone to face the unfamiliar. Maybe it’s a bad past experience or maybe it’s just a lack of confidence, but there’s really no reason to be afraid because God is right here with me! Just as I won’t let anything or anyone hurt Cooper, how much more would my Heavenly Father do for me?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
Cooper still hasn’t learned to fully trust me, his mother and caretaker, that I’ll make sure everything is ok, even when it seems like it won’t be. Likewise, I still haven’t learned to fully trust God, that He’d give me the power to walk on water, if only I just stepped out of the boat. But I don’t blame Cooper at all. In fact, I love him all the more (if that’s even possible), because I know that only love can cast out fear. My love isn’t perfect, but God’s is, and each day I’m a taking one step closer to getting out of that boat. As a matter of fact, that’s one of the main reasons why God wanted me to come back to the US alone. To learn to trust in Him, and not be afraid anymore.