Sometimes it takes a step back, a day away to realize what has happened… you can call me crazy … but here it is.
So the enemy has been shooting arrows from all directions, this weekend- specifically Friday and Saturday. Well on Saturday, I turn on some tunes and had a word with the enemy and his need to leave, he has no power here. As I went to bed Saturday night, the hubs and I took a deep breath and told him the enemy didn’t get my Saturday night joy and he wasn’t about to have my Sunday joy.
Apparently the enemy felt like that was a dare. A cat that adopted us last fall, stays outside most the night- like clock work meowing to be let in around 6:30am. I was already up and just enjoying a peaceful morning and the hubs said I’ll get her. He lets her in. She comes into the bedroom, jumps up on the bed and I immediately realized she had been sprayed by a skunk. (We won’t talk about how in the world the hubs missed that smh). I quickly got her back outside so I could regroup. I took a deep breath and said oh no you are not robbing me of my Sunday morning joy and googled what to do (I mean what else would one do). I found that the best method required bathing the cat- not once BUT 3 TIMES…. a CAT. I prepared for the 3 different types of baths. First with dawn to break down the skunk oil, second with a mix of hydrogen peroxide/baking soda/water to neutralize the odor, and third pet shampoo to get any remnants of the previous washes off. I prepared- I put on the armor of God, turned on praise music, put on some pitiful armor to protect from the shredding my skin would endure. I walked the plank and went to get the cat.
Y’ALL – this cat sat calmly and only tried once to jump away for ALL THREE BATHS. . . AND she even cuddled after we got home from church. I just thought what an amazing cat.
Sometimes I am slow. The lesson, what I realized, 3 days later… I fought with the armor of God against all the arrows- I knew that would cause more and faster- like the book of James- I counted each arrow as joy- I praised the good Lord. AND YOU KNOW WHAT- I don’t have an amazing cat (she is cool), but I have an AMAZING GOD who blessed me (and the cat) with calmness. An amazing blessing all because of my mustard seed sized faith. It truly is the only explanation.