“She brought it out just so we could see it!” my little grandson cried, before promptly burst into tears. And at first I thought, “Oh how cute!” But I think he was right!
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 WEB
Our daughter and her family had come home for visit. And while packing their car to return to northern Italy, Lunetta (Little Moon) decided to bring her new kitten out of hiding, depositing at their feet!
That cat had wormed its way pretty deeply into his heart during the few months they’d had it. Until they had to leave it with neighbors before their move north. And the kids had really hoped to see that kitten, but Lunetta had kept it well hidden.
I think that was God’s way of reminding my grandchildren of his love.
And that he sees their needs, their heart’s cries, and that he will always care for them.
I grew up on a farm, you see, around cats and kittens all my life. And I’d never seen a cat bring her kitten out so early. It was almost as though she sensed they were leaving.
Only 4-5 days old, it still had its eyes closed and translucent paws. It’s odd enough for a cat to bring her kittens out that early. But even odder that she also let us all pet it and pick it up! While calmly vigilant, she rolled on the ground, stretching and preening, as though to say, “Look what I made! See what I brought you?”
And when we started toward their car, mamma cat followed close behind.
“Where are you going? You just got here?” she howled, crying the whole time. She went but a short distance, then stopped, looking back toward her baby. Yet she stayed there, seeing her family off, meowing all the while. With the kids sniffling and crying, “I’m so glad we got to see the kitten! He’s so cute!”
She’d taken the kitten back into hiding by the time we walked back to our house.
After all, she’d done her duty in showing the new arrival to her old family. And I realized my grandson was right. It sounds crazy, I know. But Lunetta wanted her family to see the kitten.
And God wanted to send the kids off with a special gift: The gift of God’s love in a kitten.
Leaving pets may sometimes seem like little things to us big people. But to little people it’s a big deal.
Already hard enough for the kids to move away from us, and from the town they’d grown to love. Then on top of it to leave their pet.
Their move had been hard on all of us. But God knows these things. So he sometimes sends little, unexpected gifts. Like mamma cats bringing kittens out of hiding far too early.
It made their day and consoled all our hearts. Reminding us that we can rest assured in his everlasting care. And helping these two nonni (grandparents) see that just as he has always cared for us, he will care for them.
And he cares for you in the same way!
Even in troubled and uncertain times, God is at work, able to care for us, and he sometimes even uses strange and unusual ways of reminding us!