Wanna know what my favorite part of the day is these days? It’s coming home. When I come home often I am greeted with “welcome home!” And those words ring beautifully in my ears. Living alone has hardly been a thorn in my side. I’m an introvert, raised an only child, so alone time is precious to me. But there is a blessing in having companionship in your home and I have that gift in this season. My roomie of 1 month serves as that companion. We walked into this arrangement by blind faith, only knowing of one another through blogging and the few dinners we shared since meeting. But though we did not know one another very well, we knew His voice…
Not long after her arrival, we had another companion join us. Ben-Samuel.
Now this is an unusual name for a pet but he is not your typical cat! This cat LOVES people. He LOVES to be petted, touched, fed, and included in all household activities. He makes that very clear when we are home that he is to be apart of the conversation. One time he even moved a bag off the kitchen chair just so he could sit at the table with my roommate! It is a given that if we are eating dinner at the table, he will join. Literally.
Ben (aka Benny, aka Ben-Samuel) has gotten into a ritual of sitting on our laps when we are in the living room working on our computers in the evenings. He will even sit on the keyboard! I cannot help but allow him this treat as it clearly means so much to him to have this time with us. He does this whole ritual with picking out and perfecting his spot. It’s always difficult when I have to move him to get up for tea.
My favorite memory thus far is having him come in my room at 5am this morning to sleep with me. I had just finished working on my book and was laying back down when I felt the presence of little paws on my comforter. It was Ben. He was in heaven as he made his spot and I put my arm over him. We both drifted off to sleep.
God has been so faithful to show me His love through others in this season. I see it in the grace and forgiveness my friends offer. I see it in His financial provision through my landlord and roommate. And now I see it in Ben. Ben loves people. He is trusting and loving and all he wants to do is cuddle.
I love coming home these days.
My house is full. My heart is too.