“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
That cat, which they’d owned for a few months before moving away and having to leave it with neighbors, had wormed its way pretty deeply into his heart.
So as you can imagine, excitement ran great when they came home for a visit and reconnected with Lunetta (Little Moon). Greatly wanting to see her little kitten, which she kept well hidden.
That is, until they started packing their car to leave. Because she then decided to bring her kitten out of hiding, and deposited it at their feet! Almost if she sensed they were leaving.
God’s show of love
I firmly believe that it was God’s way of showing them his love. Letting them know 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. Only 4-5 days old, it still had closed eyes closed and translucent paws.
It’s odd enough for a cat to bring her kittens out that early. But even stanger that she also let us all pick it up and pet it!
While she, calmly vigilant, 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 seeing them off.
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 I think Lunetta wanted her family to see the kitten.
God’s special care
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.
It had already been hard enough for the kids to move away from us and from the town they’d grown to love. And then to leave their pet on top of that, it was tough for them.
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!