Our barn kitten Pepper is experiencing his first winter, the cold and wind and feel of snow beneath his feet. He rests for awhile in the straw bale hallway to Faith's doghouse.
Faith doesn't use her house until temperatures drop near -20 or worse.
Some nights instead of returning to his place in the barn, Pepper has found warmth and comfort in this shelter that is not really his home.
So too do I seek shelter in a place that's not my home.
Let me take what comfort this world offers
as well as all its trials
knowing beyond knowing
that it's only for awhile.
Perhaps this is a more profound picture than I first believed, for what better place to dwell on this earth than in the house of faith?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
John 14:1-3 NIV