More Lessons from Cats


But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; …" Psalm 49:14-16

I never knew that animals truly mourned.

My husband's cat is showing me differently.

She was her "daddy's" cat.  Found when she was between 4-5 weeks old, she formed strong attachments to the men in her life.  First - she was my son's cat.  She was constantly with him, slept with him, sat on his lap (or computer, as the case may be).

When he moved out, she switched alliances to my husband.  She slept draped on him.  She stayed with him more and more the sicker he got.  She was his almost constant companion.  If you wanted to know where the cat was, you looked for my husband.

For the first few months after my husband's death, she would call for him at bedtime.  It sounded like a child crying out.  You could almost hear words in the yowls.  Her plaintive cry for him was saddening.  How do you tell a cat someone has died?

The past month seemed to have brought the realization that he isn't coming back to her.  She stopped eating.  She hid under the bed.  When her weight loss became apparent, we took her to the vet.

She is doing a tad better today.  She is curled up on my lap as I type these words.  Still skeletal thin, she is craving human company again.  She sleeps contentedly on.

At some point, she decided she needed a human again.

I see the God analogy in this.

When things are going along as usual, it is easy for me to take God for granted.  I know He's there, but I don't always do much about it.

When our first barrage of losses hit, I hid.  I hid from God.  I hid from people.  I mourned my losses alone.  I wanted no company. In the days after my daughter's murder, I didn't even want to leave the house.  I was well on the way to agoraphobia. As my fears mounted, I began to seek out God.  Probably for the first time in my life, I was truly intent on finding Him - if He was real.

I cried out to Him.  He seemed so far away.  But cry I did.  Over and over, I sought Him.  I cried my tears to Him.  I wrote to Him.

There was silence for along time.  I was in that desert place.

Rather than me finding Him, it was more that He found me.  Much like the way I have to pick our little Button up to place her on my lap when she is sitting at my feet - wanting to be held, but not having the strength to jump, God picked me up and placed me in His lap.

I know I am safe here.  I can rest here.  No - none of the problems are gone.  Well - one of them is gone.

A major one.

I am no longer alone.

I am being held firmly by Him.

Father God, Thank you for the many ways you teach us about Yourself.  Thank you for Your constant care.  May we learn to abide in You, even when things seem at there worst.  May each who reads these words find the comfort that is You.  Amen and amen.


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