By Brad Hall / Nighttime Editor
Spending seven years in Lexington living close to the University of Kentucky campus, I got used to the noise of traffic and college kids yelling during the wee hours of the morning.
Now that I live in the outskirts of Corbin, things are a little different. Typically, there is very little traffic after dark, and even fewer people are found walking around on the streets.
So when you hear a strange noise at 4 a.m. in the morning, it might startle you a little.
Thus was the case early Saturday morning last weekend.
Due to my second-shift work schedule, I have been a night owl for many years. And since we’ve been married, my wife, Carmen, has become one too.
But we are usually in bed by 2 a.m. at the very latest.
So we had been asleep that night for about two hours when this odd noise came from the direction of our laundry room.
I sat up quickly from my pillow, and immediately turned to Carmen asking her if she heard it.
When she said she heard it too, I got up to investigate.
I walked towards the laundry room and thankfully found no signs of an intruder.
But what I did find may have been more surprising.
The washing machine door had been left open, and an entire bag of Puppy Chow had been poured in.
Then I heard the faint meow of our cat, Lexie, from the other room. I also noticed her bowl of cat food was empty, and I put two and two together.
She had gotten so hungry that she climbed up on to the dryer where we keep the dog and cat food, and knocked the bag of dog food into the washing machine.
And I’m sure the noise it made scared her like it did with me, so she jetted off from the crime scene.
On normal circumstances, I probably would have scolded her for waking me up like that.
But I remembered that when we went to bed that night, she was meowing a lot from outside our bedroom. I just ignored her because it was late and I just wanted to go to sleep.
But she was actually trying to tell us that she was hungry, and there was no cat food in her bowl.
So if I had listened to her from the start, and not neglected her, I wouldn’t have gotten myself into that mess to begin with.
Likewise, when we don’t listen to what God tells us to do, and when we neglect Him, our lives might end up in a mess.
Just like the neglect caused Lexie to grieve, God grieves because He is our heavenly Father who desires closeness with His children.
And when we ignore God, we miss out on what is best for us. We shortchange ourselves out of fulfilling the purpose for which He created us — glorifying His holy name.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
This is why it is so important to listen when God calls upon us.
It was quite a mess I got myself into when I didn’t listen to my cat.
It would be an even worse mess if I ignored God, and got forgotten by him.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com