Yesterday and last night I learnt a valuable lesson. Some times it is not the BIG dramas but maybe the smaller which come into your life, completely take away your ‘well being’, – set your heart racing and evaporate your peace.
Yesterday I thought we had lost our daughter’s family’s beautiful cat ‘Bella’.
Always elusive I could not even find a photo of her looking at the camera.
We are staying here at the house to house-sit but also to look after their pets. A little feisty puppy, a beautiful Corella parrot who sings all day, and Bella the gentle beautiful cat.
She did not want to socialize when we arrived. On the day we arrived (morning) I knew she was sitting on a top bunk bed and gazed distain-fully at us when we passed.
When I checked in the afternoon she was gone. All rooms and cupboards were closed. Both my husband and I looked (we believed) absolutely everywhere. She was GONE. At no time did she come for food, to use the litter tray or even to play with the puppy. Although there was no reasonable explanation (even the puppy looked anxious) I found peace had evaporated within me. We had LOST the cat. Had she somehow opened a door? We prayed but by pre-bed time I personally felt ‘sick’ . Where was she?
Peace was somehow replaced by PANIC. (how could this happen not a life-threatening situation? but totally overwhelming just the same?’)
A cat face appeared furtively and a streak for food ensued in the later evening. Today we stroked her and spoke soothingly in the same calm voice as yesterday but once again she has VANISHED. The space she can hide in is limited yet once again we have a cat-free house and a puppy looking very puzzled.
Today we were at a Church Service and the importance of PEACE was a theme. The comment was made……..because this Holy Peace is a God Gift…..where the Joy of God becomes Your Strength…….attacks on this profound inner PEACE are subtle and often sneaky.
Something to think about.
I absolutely believe that PROFOUND PEACE in times of trouble and strive is the stand that destabilizes violence in our world.
BUT: I believe we must affirm and guard this Peace…It can so subtly and unexpectedly become eroded.
May you enter a new week of both possibilities and blessings.
This is the puppy. She certainly does not disappear but is in a play-mode most of the day.
Wonderful homily on peace . It needs to be nurtured daily. I listen to Bible readings most mornings. It helps to ground me and reinforce my faith. The cat is beautiful and the puppy is outright adorable. Hugs and peace to you.