Suddenly, I was aware of something vigorously bouncing up and down on my head whilst howling in my ear.
I clumsily turned on the lamp to see the young Maine coon cat staring bug eyed at me urgently demanding food… as if she hadn’t eaten right before I went to bed.
Miss Kitty shot her a look of disdain, the covered her face with a paw so as to not look upon such undignified behavior.
I got up and fed the little beast so I could be assured of some rest during the night.
Back to bed I went and was soon asleep again.
Not for long, however…
I was awakened again…this time by the gentle touch of a single paw on my face.
It was my silent, shy, friend Cleo, almost embarrassed for waking me.
This was no demand, this was a quiet request…more a hope for mercy than anything else.
I got up again and filled a dish for her.
As I fell back to sleep I remembered a Bible verse.
“You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:2 ESV)
Two cats had come this night and asked for what they needed in very different ways.
One was loud and brash, the other sweet and quiet.
Both got fed.
““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7–11 ESV)
It isn’t always how you ask, it’s whether you ask at all.
God doesn’t need any sleep…
Make your own application…