Loving God’s Creatures

Psalm 104:24-25: How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Job 12:10: In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

There are moments in my daily walk with God, when I am truly amazed at God’s revelation about the simplest moments in life, and how they connect to God in a powerful way. Two weeks ago, I found a four week old kitten on the side of the road in our neighborhood. Knowing that I just couldn’t leave her there to die, I picked her up and brought her to our back deck. When I sat her down, her entire body was trembling and shaking. My youngest daughter and I began to pet her to let her know that she was safe and was being loved and cared for. It took a while but the little kitten finally stopped shaking and even began to purr. Another of my daughters finally decided on a name and we began to call her Charlotte.

For the next two weeks, we bottle fed, litter trained, and completely cared for this little kitten. She was so tiny and helpless and all of us did everything we could to take care of her. We had her for a little over two weeks when one day she began to throw up after we fed her. Concerned for her, my wife and daughters, took her to the vet where they were told she was in critical condition and likely would not live through the night.

I think that we all said our goodbyes to Charlotte that night because we knew that she was sick and weak and would probably not make it through the night. We put her in her little bed in the bathroom and then we went to sleep praying for her comfort. During the night, I woke up four times and each time I prayed for God to heal her, or if not, to just not let her be in any pain. When I woke up the next morning, I was hesitant to look in on her. Usually, when Charlotte could hear someone up she would begin to meow but I didn’t hear anything that morning. After a short time, I went into the bathroom to check on her and found that she had passed away during the night. I went into our bedroom to tell my wife and we both cried and cried over the loss of this precious little kitten that had brought us so much joy over the past two weeks.

All of God’s creation is important and each of us should take care of what God has given us dominion over. It is our responsibility to take care of and enjoy God’s creation because all living creatures are created and cared for by God.

How did God care for this little kitten who we found lost and alone in the world? I believe that God led me to find her so that she could live the last two weeks of her life knowing that she was loved and cared for and safe. She was one of God’s tiny creatures and God knew that she needed a special family that would love her and care for her, for the short time she had here on earth.

We buried Charlotte that afternoon in our back yard next to another beloved family pet that we lost last fall. I cried as I dug the grave and my wife and daughter cried as we put the box into the ground and covered her up. My wife told me to say a prayer over her and as I did I began to thank God for the joy that Charlotte brought us in such a short time and how it was our God given responsibility to care for one of the smallest of God’s creatures. I thanked God that we were able to give Charlotte so much love in the last two weeks of her life. I didn’t know that I could feel so close to God over the burial of a little baby kitten. I am so amazed at how God can still surprise me with his revelations and his closeness. I felt the presence of God with our family in our backyard that afternoon as we laid little sweet Charlotte to rest.

 

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