My husband was out in the yard one day and kept hearing these little “wha’s” from within the front of our hedge and as he peeked in the bush he saw a liter of kittens all trying to find their momma for feeding time. My kids were so excited cause they thought we were going to be able to keep them, but with the allergies cats bring with them, we told them they would have to be outside cats if we were going to be able to keep them at all. They were upset because they didn’t understand how they would be able to keep outside cats… Well little did they know their father had a plan cause he knows how to attract and trap animals pretty well.
Once the kittens were old enough, everyday day we allowed the kids to leave a bowl full of food outside our front door and everyday when we got home the bowl was empty. As the days went by we would pull into the drive way to see them all there eating then scatter when they saw us, sprinting back into the empty lot across the street. Well, one night we saw them on the other side of the street just watching us waiting for us to put their food out. I shined a flashlight out into the empty lot to see if they were all there and glowing little eyes reflected back at me waiting. They were hungry little things. I sat there thinking how this reminded me of that old Cherokee story about an elderly Cherokee Native American teaching his grandchildren about life…He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil — he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment,
inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego. The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied: “The one you feed”.
I can confirm that old Cherokee story 100%! There are days I am driving around, passing my old stomping grounds, and I feel like I can still feel the claws of the enemy on my back whispering all the lies he would tell me, giving me false lenses to look through so I see myself through how the world sees me and not how my Savior sees me. Luckily, I catch myself and am able to pull myself back to my victory I have in Christ and remind the enemy of his future 🙂 Works every time, but as the memories of my past flood my head, John 3:19-21 comes to my mind “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” I loved the darkness when I was living my life away from God because I was hungry for things not of God, but once the Lord showed me in time through His loving truth how my life reflected darkness and not light I repented and began to be hungry for His holiness…and well, everything is different now!
Being hungry is a powerful force and it can lead us to Christ or away from Christ. Just as the kittens were led by their hunger we too are led by our hunger. I want to encourage you to be careful of what you hunger for. I pray it is a holy hunger and not a worldly hunger for we already have too many people who are worldly hungry and not enough of those hungry for God…for His Holiness, His goodness, His grace, His love, His wisdom, & His promise!
So, get hungry and start feeding on the Word of God and His promises! Nothing in this life fulfills like the Word of God. It is a satisfying hunger that even snickers can’t compare! Matthew 5:6 states “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Come to the river and be satisfied my friend 🙂