Greased Lightning


Without hesitation or need for further observance, she made her great escape.

Every time the door opened, Daniel’s new kitten Sassy was at the door sniffing the air and longing for adventure. The occasional coyote, mountain lion, and even bears have been known to shorten the lifespan of outdoor cats around here.

Sassy had been secretly taking notes and plotting her escape. The failures of her previous escapes fresh in her memory, she ran from behind me between my legs and was out the door. Like greased lightning, Sassy was gone.

We searched hours for her. When I finally spied her, I had to chase her up and down the street, in and out of bushes, and around several trees before getting a good grasp on the handle God put on a cat’s backside for the purpose of catching it.

Some people consider the commandments of God like rules for prison life meant to keep us from having fun and experiencing all the joys of freedom. That’s a lie! For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:3).

Just as a mother has rules for her child, God’s commandments are the expression of His love for His children. They are rooted in relationship and help us understand life and our purpose in life. His will isn’t to crush our dreams, but to protect us from physical and spiritual harm. God gave us commandments out of love; we obey out of love.

For the remaining years of her life with us, Sassy never again tried to leave the house where she was safe.

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