Something fell off the kitchen counter in the middle of the night and bounced.
Home alone, Gracie listened in the darkness, and then heard a furious clack, bang, and crash! The police had posted a notice on the doors of her neighborhood a few weeks before.
Gracie tried to remember. “What did it say? Lock your doors and windows!” A burglar hit seven homes in the neighborhood, mostly by just walking in.
On this busy night, she had passed out with exhaustion after work and had fallen asleep in her clothes. Gracie’s heart thumped and she felt icy as her life flashed in front of her eyes! She clasped her hand around heavy metal. It wasn’t a Smith and Wesson, but a fitness pack full of drinks, work- out clothes, bras, and underwear that could pack a wallop.
Gracie sat up and listened for footsteps. None. Tiptoeing out of bed, the woman took her defensive stance with the gym bag. More clack, clack, bang! No footsteps!
She flattened herself against the walls close to the kitchen, scanned the room and the next, and another, and then returned to the kitchen where the noise continued. Gracie flipped on the light and backed away quickly to avoid a bullet.
Where was the large, clumsy intruder who had entered the house with such a clatter? An almond shot by her feet. Then a black streak zig-zagged across the room chasing it and yowling until the nut bounced off the baseboards.
“Penny Kitty!” Grace winced as she stepped forward. Something brown and hard pushed into her bare feet. She was afraid to look.
What is a cat litter box for anyway? Gracie lifted her toes off the mound. But it was only a Brazil nut Penny had propelled across the room.
Gracie growled with irritation and scooped up the energized feline. She purred. The overworked lady concluded, “I am taking life’s lessons from a cat. She can be perfectly happy just playing with nuts!”
Almonds, that is.
What can we learn from this? The pure joy of simple experiences.
Being loved and held in God’s hands every day does bring joy! Is your life more work and not enough play? Have you missed moments of joy?
Like Gracie, have thoughts, plans and worries about the past and the future kept you in a numb state?
Penny Kitty taught Gracie to wake up to the joy of today and a thankful heart for each moment in time.
God gives us the present. It’s a panorama of beauty and experiences like a gift. Jesus said, “If you obey my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy will be in your and your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11
Penny Kitty had the right idea. Enjoy life now—right down to the last almond!
Where do you find joy today?
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of articles, anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]