When It Just Isn't Time
Her cries tore my heart as I drove to the vet. Her sweet multicolored face looked out from the bars, her eyes meeting mine as the merows grew louder. She had known what was coming as soon as she saw the cat carrier. She was long overdue for her shots but with all the drama of our other cat and her kittens, Kia got put on the back burner. And she liked it that way.
But then it was her turn. As soon as she knew what was coming, she tried to run but I caught her and put her inside. And the desperate cries began immediately. Siamese cats have a unique cry that comes straight from the deepest part of the throat. It almost sounds like a baby crying, which sets off the button inside my mom brain that something is wrong and I need to fix the problem. But I couldn't.
It just wasn't time.
As she lay in the carrier crying and staring wide-eyed out at me, I found myself telling her, "It's going to be okay, Kia. I'm right here. I know you don't like this but it's for your own good. It's just not time."
It was obvious she didn't like the situation. Her eyes said it all. "I hate this. This isn't what I planned for my day. I'm uncomfortable and scared. I'm out of my comfort zone. I see you out there! Why aren't you doing anything to help me out of this horrible place?"
Because it just wasn't time.
And then it hit me. How many times are we in the same boat in life? We are cruising along happily in life when suddenly God puts us in a "carrier" and takes us out of our comfort zone. We cry and plead for Him to get us out. We say, "I hate this. This isn't what I planned for my day. I'm uncomfortable and scared. I'm out of my comfort zone. I see you out there! Why aren't you doing anything to help me out of this horrible place?" but He doesn't make a move to open the door to escape. He just whispers soft, comforting words. "It's going to be okay, my child. I'm right here. I know you don't like this but it's for your own good...
It's just not time."
We don't always understand why we have to go through tough trials. But God does. He sees the plan from beginning to end. His timing is perfect. He won't ever leave you through it all. And He will open the door to let you out of the fiery trial as soon as it is time.
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