Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's Raining Cats and Dogs!

Most people are unaware of where the term, “It’s raining cats and dogs” came. The most common answer is that in the Middle Ages in Europe the roofs of most homes were thatch and animals would get up in the roofs and hide. No one knew they were there. Until one of the animals lost their footing and came crashing down to the floor of the house. I don’t know about you but the thought of a mouse or a cat flying from my roof in the middle of the night doesn’t seem like a nice way to wake up. Thus the phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs” got started. I could just imagine having dinner guests over and right as people were ready to eat their dinner a rat fell in the center of the table. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty sight.

Often times we in our Christian lives can think that everything is okay. We can think that someone looks fine on the outside and assume that all is well with them. Or sometimes we can think we can gloss over some areas in our lives, that we know we need help in, and think we can fake it. However I assure you that eventually what is in your “spiritual roof” will fall out.

Matthew 12:34b (NKJV)For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

I have always joked that I would rather admit I have an issue and deal with it than be in denial about it. At least I can deal with the problem, and allow God to show me how to handle something. We have to realize we must stop spending so much time being an image and be real with ourselves and God. God sees right though us.

Matthew 23:26 (KJV)Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

If you don’t deal with the stuff going on in your life between you and God it may come out in a time you may not want it too.

1 Corinthians 4:5 (NKJV)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.

It’s time to get real before God and yourself. Deal with any hidden things in your life. Stop trying to hide what may be in your life and start dealing with it. One day we’ll all have to stand before God. The time to deal with those hidden issues is now. Take the time to ask God and examine yourself what critters maybe lurking in your spiritual roof. The sound of a “cat” falling from the roof isn‘t too melodious. There is no need for it to fall if you take it down yourself.

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