"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ---John 14:6
Monday, February 28, 2011
What I Saw, What I See
What a sad struggle last week after the passing of Lennon!
Yet by Saturday I felt the 'Lennon the Cat wound' was near a healing, a closing. Life felt hopeful again and I'd not even had any dreams about Lennon at night (I'd asked God to give me a dream so I'd feel better). Also, I'd told Him that Heaven wouldn't be, well, Heaven for me if Lennon wasn't there when I arrived. Wasn't sure if feeling that way was ok, but there you go.
And then came Sunday morning!
I awoke around 4:30, decided to get up, made my hot chocolate, then burrowed into Tom's recliner beneath four heavy, warm blankets and began to watch a Netflix movie.
That's when Tom came cough-cough-coughing into the living room. He's had a flu of some type for days. Sigh. Not helping.
So I tossed a couple blankets to him on the couch and then switched the movie to the A Man Called Pearl film. Immediately I felt inspired to be more creative, to work harder. And I also felt sleepier and sleepier, so I leaned the chair back, turned toward Tom's messy lower bookshelf and drifted away.
Then moments later I slowly, luxuriously awoke, opened my eyes (I thought) and there I saw Lennon staring down at me from the bookshelf with that wise, compassionate look in those golden eyes of his. The look he always gave me while sitting together at the sunny front porch table.
For a slow five seconds I stared at him while thinking, "Doesn't he look contented?" Then I wondered, "How is Lennon sitting on that shelf? It's too crowded with Tom's clutter." And then I realized, "Wait! Lennon can't be there. He's gone."
Then I really awoke, to no Lennon, only the cluttered shelf.
But you know? I smiled with gratitude, for I'd 'seen' Lennon and he'd looked fine, happy, healthy again. And I remembered what someone in the vet's office had written in the sympathy card they mailed to us:
"Remember that your pet is watching over your family now."
Then I turned back toward the tv while thinking, "Now I know Lennon is waiting for me in Heaven. Everything's going to be ok." And it was.
Then moments later at the end of A Man Named Pearl?
A young people's choir out in Pearl's lovely garden, began singing the song I often hum to make my worries flee away:
I've got a feelin', that everything's gonna be all right,
Oh, oh, oh, I've got a feelin' that everything's gonna be all right--
Wow. And then I really felt all right! And I thanked God for making Himself so obvious--in His timing, not mine.
For I believe His message was to first seek Him for comfort rather than His signs and confirmations. And then afterward, if something is still needed, let Him be the one to bring it. Let it be His decision, in His way, in His timing.
Life with God at the center? Nothing else compares. Nothing.
"Seek first the kingdom of God and (then) all these things shall be added unto you."
"God is the God of all comfort."
Something wonderful comes out of tragedy if it brings us closer, forever, to God, Himself.