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The other day, I looked around during one of the many storms that roll across our neck of the woods and realized that our cat was nowhere to be seen. Now, this wouldn’t seem too unusual except that he usually makes sure he is very much near one of his people all the time, which many times literally mean underfoot.

I scanned the house for him, which took all of one minute because we live in a little shoebox of a cottage. Since the house is small, and he is large, I thought I’d be able to see him no problem.

He is an indoor cat, and even though he’d be okay outside, we live near a very busy road, so whenever it happens that I can’t see him I wonder if he’s gotten out. But, this particular time, I knew he hadn’t.

So, I looked around the house again. And, again, he was nowhere to be seen.

Finally I asked my son, “Have you seen George?”

My son looked up from his book at me, then did a quick scan of the house and not seeing his cat anywhere nearby replied, “I don’t know, maybe he’s in his safe spot.”

George’s safe spot. I didn’t even think to look for him there.

So, I went over to my desk and bending down saw that he was under it, lying full-length, which is almost 3-feet tip to tail, where the back of the desk meets the wall. The spot is his favorite place to be when there’s too much rain, wind, thunder or lightning outside because it gives him a lot of shelter but also allows him to stretch out and be comfortable.

After I sat down, I started thinking how each of us needs a safe spot too. For many of us, it’s our home where we feel loved and accepted no matter what, but for some people it’s not home, it’s someplace else where they feel safe. Either way, it seems to be our very nature to seek out and find that place where we feel safe and protected and able to just be comfortable in who we are.

And, that’s what the Lord provides for us in every situation, whether we are in a storm or in the calm. A place with Him where we are loved, cared for and accepted. So much so, that after a while we realize that without Him we can have none of those things in their totality, that it is only with Him that we can experience that safe place that only He can provide because He is truly the only safe spot there is.

“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure.”

Psalm 16:5

 

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“I can relate to people who walk in a lot of different moccasins,” a friend of mine told me just the other day, and, truth be told, she can.

The first time you meet her though, you wouldn’t think she’d had anything but a cared for, pampered life. She is a beautiful woman who has an elegance about her that suggests more than a hint of being well-raised, well-educated and well-heeled. She lives in a well-appointed house in one of the best neighborhoods my little rural backwater boasts of.

Hardly the picture of someone who can say with any type of conviction that they can empathize with those who walk in a lot of different moccasins.

But if you’re around her for more than a little bit, you get a sense of enormous compassion and understanding for people in all their varied circumstances of a depth you don’t normally see in those who have been comfortable their entire lives. And when you scratch just below the surface you see why. It’s because she hasn’t.

Married in her late teens, she had her first child before she turned 20. She attended a top ranked university while maintaining a not so great marriage and raising her first child. Her story goes on from there, she ended up working and raising three children on her own for 10 years. The longer you know her the more her story unfolds, and, the more you learn she has had anything but a cared for, pampered life.

But there’s no hardness or bitterness in her as is so common among people who have had great disappointments and pain in their lives. As she has said, “I made some pretty bad choices”, and she always points to the faithfulness of God as getting her through. He was the one who cared for her and brought her to the point where she really learned that He was the only one that she could rely on.

In that learning process, through all those experiences that He brought her through, He developed a spirit in her that is very reflective of Him, caring, compassionate, accepting and loving, which is something that we can all learn from.

No matter how our circumstances look – whether we’ve put ourselves there or been put there – He is always working, always loving and always aware of how we are doing so He can make us who we truly are meant to be.

“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:4-6

 

 

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