“Your world is going to be rocked today,” I explained to my two kitties this past Monday morning.
“You’re not going to like what’s about to happen, and it will stress you. Just know that the coming discomfort is temporary, and I will be with you through this. You will question if I still love you, and I do. I’m not doing this to hurt you. The result will be worth it.”
I knew they couldn’t understand what I was saying, but I still felt the need to warn them that something was about to happen that would be difficult for them (and me).
The floor renovation project for my den would begin in a few minutes. Workers would pull up the carpet and lay hardwood tile. The loud noises would frighten the cats, and they would be confined to the bedroom for two days.
They wouldn’t be able to feast in the kitchen, watch the birds and squirrels outside in the backyard, or go to their normal places for sunbathing and bathroom breaks. Their world was about to be shaken, and they would not understand.
I knew what was coming, and I wanted to comfort them and let them know everything would be okay.
Hobson made it clear by his constant meowing the first night that he was not happy about this. Hannah just hid under the bed, not sure what was going on. I think she thought she was being punished. (Sometimes, we feel that way, too.)
Then it hit me. God knows when our world is about to be rocked. He’s knows what’s coming and how we’re going to feel in the middle of a difficult season.
I wanted my cats to know I knew what was happening, and I would be there with them. God knows what’s happening in our lives, and He is with us every step of the way. He knows what the result will be, and it will be worth the temporary discomfort.
Just as I wanted my cats to trust me during this renovation, God wants us to trust Him as we go through hard seasons, resting in His sovereignty, knowing that He is working all things together for good. And yes, we may question God’s love for us in the middle of it, but He loves us, and He’s allowing this for a purpose we can’t always understand in the moment.
I needed that reminder this week.
The next time our world gets rocked, and we struggle with the why and the discomfort, will we trust Him?
One of my favorite passages I go to when I don’t understand what God is doing is Psalm 27:13-14:
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.”
What verses do you cling to when your world is being rocked? I’d love to hear from you.