Friday, December 21, 2012

A Hug from God

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Those who know me, know that I care for a colony of feral cats. The story of how that came to be is on the bio page of my website.

Yesterday, one of the sweetest cats, Buffy, wasn't around. He always greets me at the front door in the morning and cares more about getting loved than eating. I called, but he never showed up. All day I worried. All day he was absent.

I keep a journal of these feral cats. The date we had them neutered/spayed, whether they are male or female, colors and markings, and dates when they disappear. Feral cats wander off and never return when they are sick. They prefer to die in a hidden place. I wait for weeks before I mark them as "disappeared."

This morning, before I went out to feed the cats, I was at my computer desk and I saw a little face peeking through the window. Buffy! I was so happy to see him. I hurried outdoors to give him his love and then to the back to feed everyone. That's where the real miracle appeared.

I heard a loud cry. That didn't sound like any of the cats who were in the normal colony. To my amazement I saw Oreo a beautiful black and white long-haired cat who "disappeared" over a year ago! I knew it was him because his ear was clipped and I sure remembered that loud meow. Oreo had never let me pet him...until this morning! When I reached out, he didn't run away, he allowed me to pet him...even relished having the love. His backbone was very prominent beneath all that fur, but I knew someone had taken him in and cared for him over the past year.

Yes, I'm a little crazy I guess, because I was crying and repeating "It's a miracle. Thank you, Jesus." My heart goes out to all these poor little guys who have been abandoned and I want to make life a little better for them. Someone else did, too. They took this precious boy into their home and cared for him. I'm not sure why he's back. Maybe he'll "disappear" again, but I know his return this morning was a hug from God.

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."


Unknown said...

His eye is on the sparrow and obviously on the feral cats as well. Bless you Carol Ann. You write such sweet lessons from your daily life.

Carol Ann said...

God loves us all, human, animal, fish, plants...His love created everything. The reunion turned out to be bittersweet. I'll write the other part of the story as my devotion for next Friday.

Caroline said...

Oh, Carol Ann, your sweet, sweet post touched my heart this morning and I almost cried with you. How amazing your love is for these precious creatures.

I want you to know I value these devotions. They mean a lot to me; perhaps because I need them this year!

Carol Ann said...

Bless your heart, Caroline. I'm happy that my devotions are touching others. Our lives are full of lessons from God though sometimes we miss them. {{hugs}}