Last night, I was relishing The Unexpected… because You, Lord, had done it!
And I was overjoyed!
Tonight, I was regretting The Unexpected… because my loved one had done it.
And I was afraid.
Is that a sure “ticket” onto the Train of Worry, Lord? When someone we love does something unexpected? Like not being where we expect them to be when we expect them to be there? Or not hearing anything when they said we said we could expect their call?
Or Skippy going outside and vanishing?
“Lazy Kitty” would have to be her nickname today. She went outside before breakfast, then came inside to eat. Big surprise there! 🙂 But then she stayed inside and basically slept all day in her cozy little bed.
She wasn’t sick. From time to time, she would wake up as I passed by… so I would pet her. Her Purr Machine was working just fine! 🙂 Then, it was back to Snoozeville.
At about 5:30, I finally decided “Enough is Enough!” I picked her up and put her outside on the back deck, so she could at least be outside a little bit today.
I expected her to be outside no more than 30 minutes; an hour, tops. Her daily evening “agenda” is to see if she can coax me to feed her before her official dinnertime.
Thirty minutes turned into an hour. I called her for dinner. She was nowhere to be seen.
Sixty minutes turned into ninety. By now, it was pitch black outside. The time when predators are on the prowl. I called again. Silence.
Ninety minutes turned into two hours. Two hours became two and one-half. Still no sign or sound of her.
She had done The Unexpected. And I was regretting my decision to put her outside.
I was afraid for her.
I went to You, Lord, at the first inkling that she was gone. All I could pray was, “Please keep her safe, Lord.” Then, “Please bring her back, Lord.” Then, just “Please, Lord…”
Suddenly, there she was… sitting outside the back door. As if nothing was amiss.
Thank You, Jesus!!!
She came in, Purr Machine in full gear. Ready for dinner. Now she’s curled up again, asleep. This time, near the desk where I’m typing right now.
Without a care in the world.
So what’s the Lesson in this, Lord?
So often, we find ourselves “powerless” to control the outcome. Our loved ones make choices that may, in fact, put them in harm’s way. But You always know where they are… don’t You, Lord? And if we love them, we can be assured that You love them even more.
So we can rest assured… even as we exercise the powerful privilege You have given us, Lord. The privilege of PRAYING… and trusting You in every outcome.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)