Dash of Sass: Patience & Grace in an Unexpected Place
There’s a ranch kitty, Effie, who I have bonded with who sort of seems to consider my deck her unofficial home. Because she’s out there so much, I’ve put a bowl out just for her and have started feeding her. Effie has taught me such a lesson in patience. I will often wake up and see her sitting so still and quiet in front of my front door, obviously hoping I am coming to feed her soon but not demanding or clawing or scratching or making a sound to alert me to the fact that she’s ready for me to open the door and give her her daily bread. She just sits there in silent faith, knowing that eventually I am coming with the blessing because I have never let her down yet. Even if it takes me awhile. What a metaphor for our relationship with God. I wish I could say I’m like Effie, patient and trusting and faithful…instead of demanding and impatient and quick to get angry with God if He doesn’t deliver exactly what I ask for right when I ask for it. So I guess if Advent is about waiting for the miracle…and being willing to sit patiently and trustingly in the space between “no longer” and “not yet”…then my prayer is to #BeMoreLikeEffie. The sweet, multi-colored, unassuming alley cat who has taught me more about grace in her quiet little way than I could ever hope to teach any of you. Let’s be more like Effie, friends. Let’s honor the waiting. The pause. The becoming. The Advent.