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Topic: CAT (11/08/18)
TITLE: The Kitty Story
By Judy Ewald
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She sounded very excited,” Michael was mowing my yard and we have an emergency!”
Immediately I thought, “Oh My, I hope he hasn’t cut off his toe or something bad.”
“He found a pile of helpless little kittens in fact 5 of them on the porch in my backyard. We have checked with all the neighbors with no luck in finding where they came from. We have no idea how to care for them, do you know anything about kittens?”
Now I have an old cat, named Flea, she had been my daughters and now was mine, but I never had any kittens.
“I think I can figure it out, I will be seeing you tomorrow when I visit your church. I guess I could pick them up then.”
“CAN WE BRING THEM NOW!”
“Of course I will be happy to take them.”
I wasn't home yet, so I went to the grocery store to get a dropper to feed them. To my relief I found Cat milk and bought a couple of cartons.
On the way to my house in Arnold from west of Baltimore, Michael and Cynthia got lost. But they safely deposited 5 cute little gray and white kittens to me, about 4 or 5 weeks old.
Using the dropper I attempted to feed them, some resisted and others did fine. I got as much milk on them as I did in them. I put them in a large tub (after dumping out my winter clothes) that worked for the night. I could hold all 5 in my arms they were so small and cuddly. At the next feeding, I put down a big towel on my kitchen counter. I filled 5 small custard cups with a little milk, then set each one at their own cup and they gobbled it up.
As I was sharing my kitty situation with others, I got some suggestions and turned my big bathroom into a kitty nursery. I put out a small litter box and to my amazement, they taught themselves to do their business in there. Someone else said I could give them dry food. I put out a couple of bowls of Flea's food, they had a ball eating that.
I knew I couldn’t keep them, because Flea, my old cat was not happy. She had found security hiding in my office closet. I was not prepared to take care of more animals with my schedule either. I asked Fred, my neighbor, who had a cat if he knew who might know where to take them. He referred me to cat rescuer Bob, who referred me to Barb, who referred me to Stephanie, who referred me to Marguerite in Baltimore, and she finally agreed to take them. This was over a 3 day period.
As I was driving to take them to Marguerite, I looked at those cute little faces in the box next to me, realizing I was going to miss them. It was a bit emotional when I said good-bye. I was sad to see them go. But God showed me something special.
Those little guys were totally dependent on me for food, care, safety, and comfort. They also brought joy and a feeling of my being needed into my life.
God reminded me that I was like those helpless little kittens. I am totally dependent on God for my provision, protection, my purpose, my very life and without Him I have nothing. It has been a struggle for me to believe God really cares that much for me. I tend to look at all the things I do wrong, see my weaknesses and mistakes, even though I know,“There is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.”
This experience helped me grow my faith and belief in knowing that God really loves me, and delights in me like I did those kittens. So I thank Cynthia for reaching out to me in her time of crisis and trusted me to care for those helpless kittens. I thank God for giving me the ability to improvise when I had never done something like this. And I thank God for reminding me that I can’t do anything good enough to have Him love me more, and I can’t do anything so bad that will keep Him from loving me less.
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