We spend an hour in the pet store.
We finally decide.
On a 60-dollar kitty water fountain.
Well, 50 dollars with our discount.
Platinum, it says.
Because Geisha thinks she can only drink from the kitchen faucet.
This morning I fill it up and hook it up and set it up downstairs by the food dishes.
I carry her wiggling and whining, howling and scratching to her new drinking area.
Where the water flows.
But she’s not big on change.
She jumps off the table and runs.
Later, she’s back on the kitchen counter trying to suck water from a dry faucet.
She’s kind of stubborn.
So I disconnect the fountain and bring it up to sit on the counter, right next to the sink.
Cool, fresh, running water.
She jumps back up and tries to suck water from the dry faucet.
Right next to a flowing fountain and “dying” of thirst.
She looks at me.
Aren’t you going to turn it on?
In church, we’re talking about becoming who God made us to be.
And yesterday Pastor Lynn reminded us that the becoming is a journey.
That spiritual growth involves a commitment to follow the Living Water.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. ~John 12:26 (NIV)
Becoming involves being.
And being involves being with Jesus.
The Living Water.
The Fountain of Life.
But sometimes being with Jesus involves change.
And sometimes it’s hard to change.
And sometimes change causes pain.
Hurt feelings and heartache and lots of tears.
We’re experiencing some of that in our church right now.
And we’re trying to come to the point where forgiveness and unity reign.
In fact, Pastor Lynn reminded us that spiritual growth is measured by how much we love.
And I would add that it’s not how much we know or do.
That our service must flow from love.
And with loving comes listening and healing and individual responsibility.
Pastor Lynn reminded us that:
We can stand knee deep in a river and die of thirst.
Geisha finally figures out that I’m not going to turn on the faucet.
So she shrugs and begins to drink from the fountain.
I hope that as she gets used to that change, I can move it back downstairs.
And that she will follow the water.
Then maybe I can work on a bedding change since she has taken over Gracee’s old quilt that got tossed on the back kitchen floor “temporarily.”
I would prefer a more color-coordinated solution.
But I won’t attempt another change until she gets used to the first one.
Oh, and the rescue people said she would sleep with us.
She did for two nights.
What a disappointment.
She is her own person.
What helps you cope with change?
Drinking from the Fountain,
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” ~John 4:13 (Message)
Linking up with L.L. and Michelle.