My wife and I traveled to California recently to see our friends Jill & Eric Lacher.
They drove the forty-five minutes from San Jose to Oakland to sit in rush hour traffic to pick us from the airport. Rather than be frustrated and relieved to see us, their smiles beamed from inside their car.
Hugs abounded and smiles continued as we entered the car heading to San Jose.
We exchanged small talk and stories.
We listened and laughed.
It didn’t take me long before I texted a former co-worker, and mutual friend, Erica: “Sitting with Eric & Jill’s car driving to their home. Jill has already talked excited about you and your friendship twice. =-) … They are so sweet to invite us to visit.”
Erica’s reply: “Awwww wow so so so EXCITED4 U GUYS 2get a little vacation!!! Awesome! And Jill time she’s so sweet…I luv her so much!…”
And, that’s how our it is with the Lachers; that and so much more.
I learned lots of lessons while we spent the week with Lachers, lessons I think you’ll appreciate too.
Lessons learned about/from Sierra
I’ve never lived with a cat.
I’m allergic, but I like cats.
Actually, I’ve liked most animals I’ve met.
Sierra is Jill and Eric’s cat.
I smiled even as I typed that, because Sierra didn’t appear to be anyones. Not that Jill and Eric don’t love and care for Sierra, but she’s well, Sierra.
I’d have a picture of her right here >>>> if she would have let me.
It’s not that she’s mean, but she’s private.
She reminds me of some people I’ve met.
She’s skittish, but not afraid.
She’s observant, but not a participant.
She wants to be around, but not held.
She’s not a cuddlier, so don’t take it person.
She’s persistent, but willing to listen to “no.”
I have absolutely been confused by people like that.
Eric and Jill taught us about Sierra that helped us during our stay. They helped us understand her, but also to have greater appreciation for people, and cats, like Sierra.
My favorite lesson about Sierra: If the door is shut, she wants in; but, if the door is closed she wants out.
How many times have we been like that?
We aren’t content with what we have.
We want what we don’t have.
Paul of Tarsus had been through a great deal of tragedy. As God taught him, he learned. “I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens. 12 I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret of being happy at any time in everything that happens, when I have enough to eat and when I go hungry, when I have more than I need and when I do not have enough.“
May we learn to find contentment in our Creator’s embrace whether our circumstances are in land of sunny California or in the land of sad-sacked sorrow.
One final lesson for the day: “A clean litter box means a clean-smelling kitty.“
Thanks Eric & Jill!
Tomorrow: Lessons from Lachers – Max! =)