We have a new pet in our household.
His name is Bob and he is a cricket.
Bob has had a tough life.
Sophie found him in our garage. Upon examination, she discovered that Bob has lost two legs…her best guess is that they were amputated by the garage door.
If this is true, then Bob endured the trauma of an object thousands of times his weight crush his legs, he then endured the trauma of a ten year old girl picking him up, putting him in a jar with grass, lettuce, grapes and sticks.
Bob has travelled to school and been introduced to an entire 4th grade class. Bob is regularly handled by five kids ages 2-12. Bob sees hands touch his jar, he hears voices and laughter, he smells people and has even been dropped a few times.
Bobs first night in the jar at our house was pretty awesome.
Leigh-Ann and I had put the kids to bed and were relaxing on the couch when all of a sudden, we started to hear Bob chirp…
Leigh-Ann heard it first and exclaimed, “Bob is singing.” And then she was so excited she ran up stairs and woke up Sophie so that she could tell her that Bob was singing.
Ever since that magical moment, Bob has not lost his song. Even though he has lost two legs, is living in an unknown jar with greasy fingered caretakers and eating strange food, Bob is happy.
Maybe we can take a few lessons from our new chirping pet:
- Be grateful for the moment
- Sing in the midst of tough times
- Adapt and adjust to a new normal
This Sunday we continue our study of Romans. Pastor Dave Robinson will preach from Romans 1:1-7 about exalting the Gospel.
If Bob were a person, I would swear his life has been influence by the Gospel. Every indication communicates that Bob is not living in the regret of his past, but rather he is excited about his future. I have attached a picture, and it kind of looks like he is even smiling.
I hope you have a great weekend, and I hope you can join us for the service on Sunday at 10:45am.