24 October 2012

A 31 Day Grand Prix {day 24} - Walk with Him Wednesday ~ the "Czar" of our yard...

Ann has offered the Walk with Him Wednesday crowd an opportunity to write and share what the Lord is teaching them about..."The Practice of Joy…. What does it mean to choose Crazy Joy? How do we authentically walk through hard times?"

Allowing myself to be gentled by God is the only path to abiding and abounding joy.

I'd like you to meet Sasha.

He's beautiful.

He's independent.

His solid, pitch black fur and brilliant yellow eyes are impressive.

He inspires fear in many of our Nigerien friends who think black cats are evil.

He carries himself with such a regal air, we refer to him as "the Czar" of the yard.

So yes, he's haughty.

He can be social, but only in that catlike way - in his time, on his conditions.

Unless you are Rebekah. He seems to have a special understanding with her.

He's a predator.

If you are a lizard, rodent, snake, careless bird, teenage guy kitty or Mary Michelle, he is, more often than not, terrifying.

He reminds us of "Toothless," (from How to Train Your Dragon) in so many ways.

He's also stubborn.

In that way, he reminds me of me.

God wants to see a gentle and quiet spirit, a beautiful spirit, evidenced in me. I have opportunity, for He has given me His Spirit... could there be a more beautiful spirit than His own, if I would but let Him shine through?

Instead I fight the circumstances, sufferings, difficulties - kicking and screaming and crying "O woe is me," at least on the inside and lots of times right out loud in my biggest voice! Any joy, delight, contentment and moderation I either refuse or am too distracted to see as it is plopped right in my lap...

Just like Sasha -

Most times we have to "trap" him, pull him up close to our face and scratch his favorite spots. He'll meow and fuss... and then relax, serenely stretch, close his eyes, gently lay his head against your shoulder as the cat-squeal transforms into a gentle, motoring purr of joy and contentment.

Maybe someday, joyfully, he'll actually choose that gentle, quiet posture.

And then again, maybe someday, so will I.
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear." I Peter 3.3-6


  1. Allowing myself to be gentled by God is the only path to abiding and abounding joy. Oh this is my prayer...thanks for these encouraging words~

    1. you're becoming a regular visitor here... and always with kind words, too. always glad to see you! :-)


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