But sometimes, you know what? I just don’t feel like jumping up anywhere. I have to plop right down on the floor, wherever I feel like it.
Sometimes, I don’t come when I’m called—although I usually respond to my name. At the very least I give a short meow or sound that is a response that’s saying “I heard you,” in a friendly voice.
On those times, perhaps I long for my owners to come to me. Those times, I want for you to make an effort to be with me. I love responding to my owners 90% of the time in dog like fashion—but I can’t escape my feline DNA.
That feline make up makes me be aloof and want things my way—sometimes. If I ask my Mommy or Daddy about the other, they will say that my other parent likes to have it his or her way too, so I don’t feel bad. After all, like owner, like pet!
However, my Mom is so perceptive. When I am in one of these moods, where I just want to lay wherever I want to lay, she comes to me to pet me!
It doesn’t matter that she is now laying on the old carpet, squeezing her body in between me and two bookshelves down a narrow hallway. She still does it.
I love it when she loves me where I’m at—when she comes down to my level. It makes me feel unconditionally loved and accepted, and I’m grateful.
In this instance, I (Clive’s Mom) am only mirroring how God loves me. I want Clive to feel unconditional love. God just wanted to be with me, so he sent His Son, Jesus, down to my level from God down to a lower level—as a human being. When I think of Him doing that just to be with me—I am in awe. I don’t understand it…until I think of my husband, Clive and close friends—all of whom I would lay on the floor to hang out with. I guess God is giving me a glimpse of His love.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5–11, NIV).