That Bites

   We visited a pet store the other day to pick up some things for our “furry kids.” The store had several varieties of small animals available for purchase; large turtles, birds, gerbils, hamsters, and snakes. It is fun to look around at all the critters some folks have as pets, we are pretty content with our cats and dog.
   TruDee said something to me and I turned around to see what she wanted. She had a perplexed look on her face and was holding up her index finger as she said, “I was petting the hamster and he bit me!” I chuckled and then I realized not only had the little varmint bit her, it had drawn blood! She was petting it when it rolled over on its back like it wanted a tummy rub and as she began it bit her! Ouch! All that is cute and cuddly may not have the disposition to go along with its outward appearance.
    I suppose there are a great number of lessons to be learned from such an encounter. You can’t judge a book by its cover. Looks can be deceiving. Don’t stick your finger in someone else’s cage. Perhaps there is the lesson of contentment, satisfaction, and respect.
   Sometimes life runs smooth and all is well. Sometimes life sneaks up on you and bites you! It is all part of life. There are days when the sun shines and everything is filled with joy and laughter and there are days when the clouds roll in and everything seems filled with grief and despair. It can feel like a rollercoaster ride, ups and downs, and ins and outs.
   Whenever, wherever, life has us in any given moment it is most important that we know we are not alone. God is with us and is with us most profoundly in those around us. We are meant to be together, in relationship, connected to one another with cords of love which cannot be broken. It is important when we are singing and dancing, it is important when life bites us unexpectedly.
   I pray in this Holiday Season you find and re-find that connection with friends and family and know you are not alone … ever! And in that find some peace and contentment as you journey along this road of life and faith.

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