In which there are 1,000 thank you’s to God (#’s 793-804)

by Craig on February 27, 2012

1000 thank yous, a Gratitude Journal to God along with Ann Voskamp

Yesterday, out for the daily walk with Laska the Love Kitty, I allowed my attention to be averted. I’ve gotten so comfortable taking him for walks outside without a leash, knowing that he knows the rules…

No forest
No street
No under cars
No deep holes in the ground

But he, like me, is so easily distracted.

It just takes a matter of seconds for him and his beautifully camouflaging coat of fur to disappear.

Yesterday he disappeared.

I called his name…
I went to all the “no” places…
But he didn’t answer back.

Thank You God…

#793… that You, Lord, keep calling even when I don’t answer back

Anyway…

even though Laska didn’t answer back…
suddenly, just as worry began setting in heavy…
there he was…directly under my feet.

Cats only use their voices for when they’re hurt, or they need something, or want to communicate with us. In the wild they don’t meow – they figured the “meow” thing out just for humans. Laska wasn’t worried. He wasn’t lost.

But he heard my voice…
knew I was looking for him…
and without making a sound, found me.

#794… that I…we… have You, who search and find us when we we’re “invisible”.

#795… that You know our name, and where were likely to be. You know everything of course, but You don’t have to use that knowledge to find us, help us, save us — You just do.

#796… that the Love Kitty wasn’t in the street

…or the forest…

OK - it's not much of a forest I know - but still...

…or the deep holes…

…or any of the “no” places.

#797… that he has learned the rules, and maybe he knows that they’re there to protect him, not limit him…and isn’t that a beautiful lesson for a cat to teach!

In other thank you related news…

#798… that though I’ve seldom had more indirect but nasty opposition – I’ve also never had more support.

#799… that I’ve never had more people to be supportive of.

#800… for the wisdom I get from just reading bloggy people I heart.

Illness, and my tendency to isolate when I’m down, have meant reading less – even though I’ve cleared more time to do so. Please forgive me. Still, in the little reading I’ve done lately I’ve been so filled.

#801… that as I’ve walked through a “dark night of the soul”, Dawn wrote beautifully about “The Dark Night of the Soul” by St. John of the Cross. I learn, identify, and find answers.

#802… For Katie, who reminded me of balance. “Martha was welcoming and serving. Mary was listening and learning.” Why not be like both…listen…serve…welcome…learn. There is a time for every season under heaven.

#803… for Ann (without an”e”) who wrote, “No one enters into the real joy of the Lord in spite of the hard times – but squarely through the door of the hard times.”

I’m linking today with Ann and lots of thank you counters…

#804… and I’m thankful for all the “thank you” lists I’ll get to read today …and I’ll be reading a bunch…and I know what they’ll do to my heart and spirit.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Sylvia February 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

And may they, and many other blessings, do good to your heart this day, and week!

Aren’t cats amazing and unique pieces of work! Like how they can disappear and reappear at will? Glad Laska didn’t dive down any of those deep holes! Good lessons he “taught.” Thanks!

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Craig February 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

And that’s exactly what he did Sylvia – he disappeared and reappeared. I went wandering everywhere, then I stopped, and there he was, 2 feet in front of me without a care in the world. Then he walked off a few feet, and turned around to make sure I was coming. Real story! And deep holes are definitely NO! God bless you Sylvia!!

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Stacy February 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

I “heart” this post. I actually “heart” all your posts. No matter how I am feeling when I visit, even if I’m already feeling joyful….I feel more so when I leave. Thank you for that gift. And thank God for keeping my kitty crush safe. 😉

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Craig February 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Even when I bring the heavy? areI can bring heavy sometimes – even then? Anyway, Laska is currently stretched out on my bed, he’ll be happy when I tell him that he’s someone’s “kitty crush”. He doesn’t NOT heart the special attention. Thank you Stacy (ˆ◡ˆ) – and God bless you!

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Kathleen Basi February 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

I did not know that about cats. Love how you made that connection to the things of Heaven.

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Craig February 27, 2012 at 1:41 pm

that IS an awesome thing about cats isn’t it? Dogs bark anyway – cats only meow around humans. Most people I read learn about God from their children – because most people I read are moms – I learn from my cat. God bless you Kathleen, and thank you (ˆ◡ˆ)

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Christina February 27, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love how He always finds us, and meets us where we are. Blessings to you!

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Craig February 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

he always does… He. Always. Does. Blessings to you my friend!

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Jamie February 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I’m glad Laska made it back safe and sound. Forgive me, though, for having to imagine this told with my dog for it to really tug the heartstrings, because cats are entirely not my thing. 😉

And I’m so thankful that God does keep on calling to us, even when we don’t answer. I’ve praying that for my dad, that he will answer; he is dealing with some serious, debilitating, respect-losing sorts of things happening rather rapidly with the wicked disease of ALS, and I’m praying he and God work things out between them while there is still time.

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Craig February 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Jamie, Laska just left the room in a hissy huff as he read your comment over my shoulder. I’m sure he’ll forgive the mention of d.o.g.s.

He does have one or two dog friends – but he’s suspicious of most of them.

And I hope you don’t mind that I just prayed a little prayer for your dad – the lack of sleep that his been my companion for 15 years – it robs me of so much – so I get it a little. And I prayed for you too – it can’t be easy for you either! God bless you Jamie, God bless you and yours!

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Dawn February 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Jamie,

A friend left me this quote today

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. ~Samuel Johnson

I had to look up who Samuel Johnson was. I knew at one time, but had forgotten. When I read about Samuel Johnson’s life and all he had suffered, I understood where this quote came from. Perhaps reading about Samuel Johnson would help your Dad (you?) I started with this New York Times article on two biographies written about him in 2009 and branched out from there. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Price-t.html?pagewanted=all I really must read one of his biographies. I think such strength in the face of multiple challenges (physical, mental and spiritual) would inspire.

I add my prayers to Craig’s for you Dad,
Love,
Dawn

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Carrie February 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Yours has been the second post to remind me of the main character in Hinds’ Feet on High Places. In the story, she simply had to call His name and the Shepherd was right there! Just as you began to get anxious about your “lost” cat, he came to you. Oh, how I miss cats. I look forward to adopting one or two in the future – just need to wait for my youngest to get a tad older…but he’s getting better at the gentleness thing 😉

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Ahhhh, the gentleness thing – but don’t wait too long – my sister’s 18-month-old has had a kitten for two or three months now – a little baby kitty could be just the thing to teach the gentleness thing. And it WAS amazing – how Laska just appeared – seemingly out of nowhere – but he knew my voice – and he came to it – so much to learn their – such an example. I LOVE my love kitty! and I’m so behind on reading, and replying to comments, sorry I’m late! God bless you Carrie!

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Martha Orlando February 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The adventures of Laska the Love Kitty teach us so much about thankfulness and God’s great love for us. Today, I give thanks for you, Craig, that you and your beautiful writing inspires me continually.
Blessings always, my friend!

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Martha,YOU are the blessing – to me. Thank you my friend. My writing is growing up – it’s nothing like it was a year ago – I have people like you to thank for that. Blessings to you too my friend!

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Dawn February 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Dear Craig,

Thanks for the mention, Dear Brother. I pray it helps many. St John of the Cross really makes a distinction between normal sad times, the dark night and depression. This really helped me.

http://dschondog.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/the-hard-eucharisteo-and-the-dark-night/

Thanks to Cora and A for the recommendation and now for your mention, Craig. May many be blessed who visit here,
Dawn

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I’m running over right now to read your post – but if I write anything more than just a quick comment – slap my hand later – I really need to begin learning the art of brevity – that’s why I’m not a poet – I haven’t got a clue about that brevity. God bless you Dawn, and thank you!

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Positively Alene February 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

#794 I’m loving. I’ve wanted to feel invisible lately but I’m so thankful I’m never invisible to God. Blessings!

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Oh – when we’re invisible…and oh how He finds us – I heart number 794 too! I get your feeling of WANTING to feel invisible – I get it! And it’s really good that we are not invisible to a God who cares as much as the only true God. I heart that too! thank you Alene – and God bless you!

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Michele-Lyn February 28, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Only a heart that is one with God could draw such profound insight from something so simple… this was beautiful and wise.

I love… #795 … especially how He knows us by name…
To know God is something… but to be known by God is quite another…

Thank you for this…and thank you for stopping by my place this week.. It is nice to meet you :)

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Oh Michele – my heart is too often too distant from God – but like David, it always comes back, and like Laska, it never strays too far, and knows its Master’s voice.

And this…
I heart this!!

“To know God is something… but to be known by God is quite another…” perfect!

Thank you Michele – and God bless you!

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Layla Payton February 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

Really? Cats don’t meow in the wild?

Maybe it’s the blond in me, but…

…that is kinda profound.

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Craig February 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I remember when I first learned that about cats Layla – I was just as floored by it as you – and yes, it is kind of profound (◔‿◔) God bless!!

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