God often works and shows his love in mysterious ways. So mysterious or unusual that it can seem like mere chance or circumstance. In fact Scripture states, “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out.” (Romans 11:33 WEB)
In Part One of this post, I shared how our grandchildrens’ cat brought her kitten out of hiding far too early. Just so they could see it before they had to move away, leaving the kitten behind. That most unusual happening touched their hearts in a special way. Easing the pain of separation from us and the town they loved.
Because that’s one of God’s ways. He reaches out through simple happenings to show his deep and unfathomable love.
God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.William Cowper
Our son and daughter both suffer with serious, chronic health problems, which are at times somewhat debilitating. But they’re fighters, and they keep on going – doing all they can to care for their families.
Then several years ago, our oldest granddaughter (now 21) received the unwelcome diagnosis of Multiple Schlerorsis. Which causes her quite a bit of suffering, especially when the illness is particularly acute.
And right now she is plagued by severe chest pain, to the point that she can barely breathe or talk. So she’s been mostly confined to an armchair, like an old woman.
I can only imagine how depressing and discouraging that must be. In the flower of her youth, she should be fulfilling so many plans and dreams. Not rocking like an old granny.
But then God sent a kitten.
Awakened by their dogs barking, they opened the door to find a kitten on their doorstep. A tame kitten, contentedly purring over finding a new family. Who later happily made himself at home, sitting with Allie in her chair.
So now they pass the days together, creating companionship for one other. And my daughter said that she smiles a lot more since the kitten’s arrival.
We are all convinced that God sent that kitten to cheer her heart and lessen her loneliness. For that is God’s way.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147:3 WEB
Could the kitten have appeared mere chance? Possibly. But I believe it was a demonstration of God’s providence. Of him providing just what she needed at just the right time.
That’s the kind of God we serve. One who orchestrates the heavens, commands the animals, and moves mountains if necessary to care for his children.
Couldn’t he have just healed her?
Certainly, and we will probably never know why he didn’t or hasn’t.
All we know for sure is that he knows best and is a loving God. Even here in this life of pain and suffering he cares for his children. And when (for whatever reason) healing does not come, he steps in and grants the grace, strength, and fortitude to continue on. Often providing simple encouragements – that become huge blessings to our hearts and lives.
Our great God moves in mysterious ways – even through tiny little kittens!
If you don’t know God in this way, seek him out today. He is longing to show you the same tender loving care.