Yesterday's Super Bowl will be marked in my memory by yet another cat trying to jump onto my head. I've written about that before - how my head seems to attract the activity of cats - but this time it had an unusual (!) element.
We were at the home of friends, enjoying the game with several people as well as the family cat - who had sniffed and investigated me, but had seemed pretty bored with what she found. I thought I was cleared. It's like the feeling I have when I make it through security at an airport!
And then came the twist. My friend Debbie SAID TO THE CAT, "Do you want to jump on Jeanette's head?" At which time, the cat walked around the recliner, jumped from the floor to the top of the chair and swatted at my head. Really? The cat took my friend Debbie's suggestion?????? It was just weird.
My reason for sharing this with you is this...
The responsibility of care for my elderly parents, the reaction to my husband's decision to be obedient to God and place a stake in the ground for peace in our community, and my heart's vulnerability to be pierced with the sorrows of those around me has led me on a journey. I am very intentionally 'bringing every thought (and every word) into captivity'. One thought can lead me down a road of anxiety so quickly, if not captured and accepted, or rejected and replaced. The picture of Maggie (above) reminds me of what a thought or a word can do - and how the effects expand from that one...little...word or thought.
This is not a devotional, surface, "that's nice" concept for me. This is a "the enemy's intent is to steal, kill and destroy" vs. "I HAVE COME TO BRING YOU LIFE" process for me right now...today.
So, today, LORD - "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight - oh Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. (Ps. 19:14) Thank You that You know my past, my present and my future. When I take my dad to the doctor today, (and try to advocate with another doctor on behalf of my mom today), remind me that You hold them and You hold their future - it's not all up to me and my very limited wisdom. I thank You for every bit of today, Lord. Thank You that You ARE the Redeemer and the Restorer and the Defender and the Healer and the Deliverer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.