Three years ago, my cat Buster found me. Due to my living conditions for many years, I could not have a cat; so when he came into my life, I was ecstatic. Cats are not for everyone and I accept that; but in Laura-land, cats are a good thing. Buster had been a drop-off, and near death. The first night and the following two weeks, I held Buster close to my heart so he could hear its beat, and he could feel my warmth. Quicker than I would have liked, Buster grew. Over time, he became a confident and playful kitten. At times, I wanted him just to be that quiet kitten that slept on my chest, as he made certain to get into the very places that were off-limits for him.
As much as I love cats, I do not like them to be on the counters, dining furniture or anywhere I deem a no kitty zone; and windows with the blinds lowered are one such zone. At the time I lived on a busy road so I did not pull up the blinds, as it would expose the inside of my home to every passerby. For many weeks, I tried to teach him the ‘no Buster zones’, only to receive an indignant look when I would squirt him with the water bottle.
It seems that I am always in a hurry, and this one day I was racing around was no exception. The route I needed to go from point A to point B took went right by my home. As I was driving down the street, I felt the warmth of what my home meant to me. That is, until I drove directly in front of my house. You see, Buster was sitting in the window, behind the lowered blinds, cleaning himself just as if it was where I set him to do this task. Even if I could turn off the road, go in and scold him, I would not have been able to make him understand what he had been doing was wrong. Just like toddlers, you have to catch a pet in the moment they are misbehaving, which threw out the wait until I get home Buster thoughts too! I was very frustrated as I could see the strain on the blinds, even from the street!
In my frustration it dawned on me, “How many ways am I like my cat cleaning himself in the window?” How many times am I so fixated on my agenda, that I cannot see what is glaringly visible to everybody else buy myself? Buster is what they call a tuxedo. He is black and white. My blinds are bright white. That contrast caused him to stand out against that backdrop. There was nothing to hide him. The Word says to be sure to know your sins will find you out. (Numbers 32:23) Buster sitting in the front window of my house was a perfect example of when I sin, with the backdrop of God’s holiness to show the contrast, it is utterly visible. As a Christian, I sit in church weekly, read my Bible daily, listen to Christian radio, and am able to hear the Word 24/7, have strong fellowship and yet, continue to put myself in the window for all of humankind and worse, the Lord to see.
From that day until now, I have wondered what gives me away in a window for all to see. Are you in a window unaware of your sins glaring against a backdrop of holiness?