We have a cat, Leo. He is an orange tabby and well he has a very bold personality. He is also a love. After tangling, and winning I might add, with a squirrel who dropped out of a drop ceiling in a house he has been an indoor /outdoor cat. He longs for the outside and even though I worry ever minute he is outside, he is a survivor. Besides the squirrel time, he has come home with various dislocated joints from jumping, a puncture wound from a fight and somehow made it back home around encountering an unknown creature tearing a bunny limp to limp in our back yard.
Often I think I am the revolving door man for our cat as he pops in and out throughout the day on his unknown adventures. So you could imagine then that when we go on vacation it is very difficult for this cat. We have people come and feed the cat but he is forced to stay inside. The minute we arrive home he greets us and darts out to his favorite stomping grounds. Each time he returns with a present for us, recently he was not gone 5 minutes before returning home with a mouse. Is he really glad to see us? Happy we returned? Or horrified that he had to live on only dry cat food and fancy feast for 4 days?
Breaking out of the routine of life is good for us. Be it vacation, time off or simply a missed turned. It always for us to look over what we have and we return with a different perspective. Sometimes when we coop ourselves up too long we can't wait to break out. This is how our gifts from God feel when we fail to use them - like Leo when we are on vacation. This is what it can feel like when we don't exercise our faith or when we don't look to expand and challenge our faith.
Wecan't fall into the trap of living our life in such a routine that we don't allow for the Spirit to work in us. We can't allow the gifts God has given us to go unused. Break outside the box you are in and find the adventure in life that awaits.