This morning I got dressed in another fabulous outfit. I know they are fabulous because my roommate tells me so each morning right after our greeting 😉. We made chit chat about the upcoming election (apparently it is not on Nov 4th the way I’m pretty sure it has always been), the game last night that we were slammed in and of course the one and only Ben-Samuel😊.
I then made my way downtown and into the little cafe across the street from my job. “Well we’ve gotta win it tonight!” I say to the Owner. He knows exactly what I’m referring to because the city is a buzz by the fact that after 50 years we have a chance at the World Series. “Yep!” He quips. “We’ve got no choice now!” Well, that’s one way of looking at it, I thought. At one point we were 3 to 1 and so close to holding the title as champions for the 2nd time this year and suddenly it slipped through our fingers. But instead of focusing on the loss the Owner and I realized we must take it in stride. We must see it as a challenge that we can–once again–overcome.
I talked with my boss this morning. I shared my fellowship is praying for him and invited him to our next meeting. He too came in the office with a fresh outlook. The business is struggling and we are at a loss as to what God is doing. All we know is today. The mercies that are given today.
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.