Yes, TODAY is really HUG YOUR CAT DAY!
For months I have longed to have a cat. My husband is a kind, caring, and attentive man, but his answer has been, “If we are meant to have a cat, the cat will find us.”
I have to admit that, for months, I have looked in the classified ads of our small Montrose paper, especially in the “free” section. He knew I was looking. But I had been by the Montrose Animal Shelter a couple of times to look at the kittens and cats…that he didn’t know.
Finally, I did what I should have done to begin with…I prayed about it. Even though I felt hesitant to ask God for a kitten, I also believed that God cares about details. So I prayed several times that a cat would find us.
The week before Mother’s Day (which is always difficult for anyone whose child has died), Albert and I were in our basement watching it rain. Suddenly he said, “Look!” Around the corner of our house and looking in our glass door, peeked a frightened very small kitten.
I bolted into action (just as he knew I would), and slowly opened the door so I wouldn’t scare it off. . The kitten started to run away, but as I knelt down and called, “Here, kitty,kitty,kitty,”she cautiously came to me and let me pet her.
Guess who hurried to get some food we had used before to lure a kitten to adopt us? (that kitten disappeared the same night he came to us) You guessed it…Albert!
I totally respect and agree with his wishes to keep the cat outside. But living in the country makes it hard for a kitten to survive. There are eagles, coyotes, hawks, etc that prey on small animals.
We had a cardboard box in the garage that we padded with an old towel and placed it on our deck (which is not on the ground floor). She seemed to like it. Albert made a more protected box with a small opening for her to escape the rain, but it took a few days for her to feel comfortable in it.I prayed she would still be there the next morning, and she was!
Two days before Mother’s Day, she disappeared. I felt HORRIBLE! I was hurt and angry as I moped around dreading Sunday. I even felt guilty for “luring” her into a false sense of security. I just knew a coyote had eaten her.
“Ye of little faith..”
Sunday arrived. I went to the kitchen door to look at her box. SHE WAS IN IT!
I immediately thanked God for the gift. I also thanked Him that He loves us and cares about details!
CC (country cat) is now thriving and growing! She loves to sit in our laps outside. She rolls over on her back purring the whole time and wanting to be rubbed. She even lets me brush her with the Dollar Tree pet brush that ALBERT bought.
Yes, we still have coyotes that we can hear at night. We still see hawks and an occasional eagle.
But she seems pretty “street smart”, and we are BOTH happy for each day we spend with her.
On June 2nd, the Our Daily Bread devotional highlighted Psalms 139.
It reminds us that God is everywhere and He knows everything.
The following verses reminded me how much God loves me…
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
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