The Lost Cat

Dreaming vividly I awakened, my mind still engaged in technicolor drama, scenes playing on throughout the day. Was the dream somewhat prophetic… a harbinger of events of tomorrow’s meeting? Or just my mind’s imaginings?

Nearly fifty years ago I unexpectedly plucked a tiny kitten from an icy November night. She ultimately warmed the cold and lonely places of my heart, the rescued rescuing the rescuer. No doubt our meeting was not a coincidence… much love over near-twenty years came through the companionship of that tiny creature. She filled a place in me that needed her purr, those quiet contented rumblings from her heart. Her pint-sized body contained a big personality. Ever have a cat stalk by you while giving you the cold shoulder? Only begrudgingly did she finally grant my husband-to-be her stamp of approval. Enduring obvious disdain, he finally won her over by initiating a good old fashioned cat fight… with his gloved hand. Now it was my turn to wrestle… with grief. Our beloved cat was lost.

A high chain link fence surrounded the courtyard where I spoke with a Humane Society officer. He was hard pressed to locate our cat, yet hopeful his associate would arrive shortly with encouraging news, a booklet of photos of cats recently found. My heart pounded with anticipation as the the associate approached. Eagerly I grasp the booklet she handed to me through the fence, only to have my hopes rudely dashed: no photos, no hope, only a pamphlet entitled, “How to Let Go of a Lost Cat.” “No!” I cried while awakening…“she can’t be lost!”

I have other “cats” in my life, beloved ones who pad in and out, my last cat cat purring somewhere in the great hereafter. Will my present “cat,” who has been lost to me for months, take her kittens and flee? Only tomorrow morning’s meeting will tell. No matter what she presents, love never fails.

Thank You, LORD, for animals and humans You give us for a time and a season. Thank You for the incredible blessing of companionship, love, and relationship they bring. Help me to hold loosely those I love, and to rest in the fact that if they are lost from me, You still know where they are. I can, trusting in Your care, let go of my fear for them. It is You who ultimately opens and shuts the doors, who brings them, watches over them everywhere, who teaches me how to love them. Thank You, LORD, that though we might wrestle against You, scratch and fight furiously, You hold onto us. Your love never fails.

Psalm 139:7-12 NKJV “Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”

1 Corinthians 13:8a “Love never fails.”

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