I'm a dog lover, so I was less than thrilled when my daughter and wife thought it would be a good idea to take in a stray kitten that appeared on our doorstep a several years ago. Charlie, the stray kitten, became our third family pet, to go along with our dogs Sophie and the late Lucy. Charlie and I didn't always get along very well, but after a year or two she settled in and became part of the family.
Needless to say, I felt bad when I left the door open one day and Charlie got out (she hadn't been outside since we took her in as a kitten). Lots of searching and handing out fliers to our neighbors proved unsuccessful. Every day the family prayed for her safe return. I decided that putting out a few live traps wouldn't hurt — I managed to catch two raccoons, an opossum, and the same stray black cat twice before Charlie found her way into one of the traps late one night. She was a definitely skinnier, but in good health. Since her return, almost two years ago now, Charlie thinks we are best friends. She rubs against my legs every morning; every night, like clockwork, she seems to find my lap as I sit on the couch.
It's interesting to see how God works in our lives. I'm not really a writer and had never thought about writing a devotional, much less about a stray cat that was taken in by our family. But it's no surprise that God can use the unexpected to grow God's kingdom. Even though I'm a dog lover, I'm thankful Charlie came into our home so that God could use this story as a way to share a message about the abundant grace God freely gives to all. God is good all the time and all the time, God is good.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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