It has been one week since the event that turned life into a roller coaster. One week since I determined to intentionally savor something about each day, and then report on it here in my blog. Today will be my last daily savor post.
Today I savored:
Okay, don't get too excited. I'm not pregnant. Ha ha! I bet I made you look twice, though!
Seriously though, I am loving watching our cat, Zoe, go through the final stages of her pregnancy. To make a long story short, we got Zoe a year ago. The woman who gave her to us assured us she had been fixed. We decided Zoe would be an indoor cat, primarily to avoid having fleas in the house. But Zoe had other ideas. Finally, after 10 months of trying to talk her out of her desire to go outside, we gave up. She has been a much happier cat since we have allowed her to go outside for a while every day. Back around Christmas, we had a scare...thought she might be pregnant. But nothing came of it, and we figured she was fixed. But then a couple of weeks ago, we noticed some changes in our kitty. She all of a sudden became very mellow. She "puts the kids to bed" at night. Yes, she climbs into bed with each of them for a few moments, grooming Pepper's hair and massaging Snapper with her paws. It has become this little nightly routine, and it's pretty cute. We also noticed that Zoe's belly was looking rounder, and her nipples had gotten larger and pinker. Then day before yesterday, I was rubbing Zoe's belly and felt a distinct lump. I had Deb Deb and Matt check to make sure I wasn't imagining things. Sure enough, they felt the lump too. And this evening, I was able to see other lumps...they were moving around! So off and on all evening, I have put my hand on Zoe's mommy-tummy, and enjoyed the movement of the kittens. Tonight Zoe has started nesting. I found her in a box on the top shelf of my closet. I found her in the laundry pile in my bathroom closet. I found her behind the big, comfy chair in the living room. I found her in a basket in the laundry room. So as I sit here writing, Matt is setting up a box for her in the downstairs bathroom. Who knows...maybe we'll wake up to kittens! It's going to be fun to watch them grow, but I am already dreading the day we have to send them to their new homes.
2. Zoe and her kittens, no matter how special and wonderful they are, pale in comparison to this:
Our friend Rocky who lost his daughter Nikki in a car wreck this week told us tonight that 4 of Nikki's friends gave their lives to Jesus at the memorial service yesterday.
I will never understand why Nikki's life ended at such a young age. I will never like what happened. My heart will continue to grieve for Nikki's family. But what this has reminded me of is that God always sees the big picture. He is all-powerful and all-good, and He can take the most painful, ugly situations and work in them to accomplish amazing things. What Satan intended for evil, God intended for good. What a comfort for Nikki's parents and sister to know that something beautiful and lasting has come out of their loss--life change for 4 precious kids. Though life is hard and life often hurts, I am sitting this evening and savoring the goodness of God, and the peace that comes from knowing Him.