God works in mysterious ways. Yes, I realize that’s a rather stale statement – overused and maybe even hackneyed. But sometimes it’s apt. God has certainly seemed to be at work in our lives today.
This morning Jim and I set out to do some errands – haircuts and a couple of drop-offs. We had driven about half a mile from our house when we both thought we heard a cat crying. My first reaction was “How am I hearing a cat outside the car?”, along with “I hope it isn’t hurt.” But then we heard it cry again – and again. Time to pull over and check under the hood! I’ve heard of cats (and other small critters) finding their way into a car’s engine compartment or undercarriage to find shelter and warmth, but never in my lifetime did I imagine it would or could happen to us. Sure enough, after raising the hood we heard the cries louder and more insistent. We couldn’t see anything in the engine, but as I was checking underneath the car out wandered a small black cat, probably still a kitten. What to do? I picked her up and cradled her as she slowly stopped trembling, presumably in terror. She seemed unhurt by the trauma, so that was a good sign. But where did she come from? Should we take her with us? Should she go to the Humane Society? WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS CAT!!
We started back home, but we still needed to do our errands. Neither of us wanted to just leave her back at our house, not knowing where she’d come from, so we took her with us. Both our hairstylists heard the story of finding this kitten in our car (sort of), and they both believed we would end up keeping her. But we haven’t really thought much about having a cat these days. How would that hamper our travel adventures? And how much would it change our lives?
I think that’s where God comes in. Our lives have changed since the pandemic began. We don’t go out as much as we once did, nor have we traveled much in the last year and a half. There have been many mornings when I’ve wondered “What do I have to get up for today?” Today we’ve laughed more at this kitten’s antics than we have in weeks – or months. She’s finding her way into our hearts, but we’re still on the fence about her permanence in our lives. We at least have to determine if she already has a home anywhere nearby.
So yes, God’s ways are mysterious. We’ll continue to listen to what God tries to tell us about this sweet little cat. May we all keep listening for God speaking to us.