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The Cat in the Road

Updated: May 25, 2021

Good morning. It is Monday, May 10, 2021.

Something caused me to think about a cat I found on the road one morning over one year ago.

It was dark, around 4:45 and I was headed to work. I came around a corner and there in my headlights was a beautiful, light-colored young cat. Its eyes shown in my lights as it stared at my approaching car.

I thought "get out of the way kitty! why are you just sitting there." As I got closer and closer, I realized something was wrong. The cat did not move; did not even make an attempt to get up just stared at me as if to say, "please help me".

I put my car in park in the middle of my lane. No other cars were coming as I approached the cat. He did not look injured, but he was not moving.

I went to my trunk to see if I had a blanket or anything I could wrap the cat in. I found a clear plastic raincoat and returned to the front of my car.

I wrapped it around him and picked him up. He did not fight me.

"Now what?!"

Obviously that cat had been struck by a car and was not able to move. I got back in my car with him on my lap and turned around and went back to my house. I placed him in a corner of my garage and headed to work. I texted my husband and told him there was an injured cat in our garage and I would deal with it on my lunch break.

I posted on several Facebook sites and long story short, a woman came forward and said if I would take the cat to the vet on Lincoln, she would pay for it.

I kept wondering about that cat. Who did it belong to? If it was my kitty, I would want to know what happened to it. How would I find the owner? I made posters and put them at the corner store.

Kitty stayed with the vet. X-rays showed no broken bones. That was good! No internal injuries. That was good! Blood work was fine; great!

About three days after this incident, and my mind not at ease, I was driving home after work, praying about that cat. I said something like "Father, I know you care about the animals and although kitty is getting care, I would love to find the owners. Would you help me? Thank you. Amen"

Less than a minute after saying "amen" I heard that still small voice say, "turn in here."

You would think after all the times I have heard God speak to me, I would have braked hard and turned in, but instead I shook it off.

My thoughts were something like, "did I really hear that?" "Did God really answer my prayer that quickly?" I drover another block before scolding myself soundly and turning my car around.

I pulled into the driveway and got nervous. It was not the neatest place. I could hear what sounded like a very large dog barking from inside the mobile home. I approached the door with a picture of the cat. I knocked. The dog went crazy. I could hear someone inside yelling at the dog and then they yelled at me from behind a closed door "ya!" I raised my voice a bit "Did you loose a cat?"

I could hear a female asking someone else to hold the dog as she opened the door and stepped out, closing the door behind her. I repeated "Sorry to bother you but did you loose a cat." She looked at the flyer in my hand briefly and said "kinda".

She explained that they had just moved in and the previous owners and left the cat after failed attempts to get it in a box for transportation.

My first thought was THANK YOU GOD! I was almost in disbelief that I was led to the very door, on a very busy street, that the cat had disappeared from. I told her where the cat was and that it was getting care. She had no interest in getting the cat but thanked me anyway.

As I drove away, I realized God had answered my prayer not for the cat, but for me. With that quick response He put my mind at ease.

Psalm 36:6-7 Living Bible "...You are concerned for men and animals alike. How precious is your constant love, O God! All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings."

God gave us dominion over the animals to protect them and care for them.

Genesis 1:26 ESV "Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth (and over the cats) and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

I added "and over the cats" ;0) I also love that God created man and animals on the same day of creation week!

Genesis 1:27, 31 ESV "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them...And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day."

My very first pet was a black Banty Rooster. The neighbor's dog killed it and I was heartbroken. I was 3 or 4 years old. I asked my mom if my rooster would be in heaven. My mom, in all her wisdom told me "Honey, if God knows you will not be happy in heaven without your rooster, it will be there."

Well, of course I will be happy, rooster or no rooster. The Bible does not tell us exactly what will happen to these pets but a part of me really hopes they will be there. We know there will be animals in heaven.

Isaiah 11:6-9 says "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain..."

I have another neat animal story. I will share that with you tomorrow :)

May God richly bless you, guard and protect you. Remember, Jesus is coming soon!

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