God teaches me things in the strangest of ways.
Which brings me to cats.
I am not a “cat person.” Even though my house is home to one lucky indoor cat, named Lucky.
I feed the Aristocats on my side porch, “Rocky” and three kittens in exchange for not eating my birds, At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
“Rocky” is the meanest of three sisters that called my abode home last year. She hissed at us when we put their food out!
I wasn’t surprised when she left for the wild leaving her sisters behind. Out of the original four kittens that once called us “home” I just knew she would never stick around.
One year later, Rocky has kittens in my yard, Shows you how much I know!
Rocky was not an ideal mother. She abandoned the runt. She bullied her litter mate “Gracie.”
Eventually, Gracie tired of her sisters shenanigans and camped out on the porch in spite of her. Gracie even nursed Rocky’s abandoned kitten.
Rocky merely looked on, unimpressed!
I don’t think Rocky was feeling the whole parenthood thing. I think her newfound responsibilities were overwhelming.
Rocky evolved into a good mother. I’ve seen her licking unwilling kitties clean!
She matured and does what needs to be done.
Maybe Rocky didn’t understand her role before. Maybe grief for her sister stirred something in her. Regardless, her mothering skills improved.
I think this cat family found a place in my heart because I can relate to Rocky.
I’m not sure I always dealt with Lan’s diagnosis “correctly.” In the beginning, I didn’t have a clue. But like, Rocky, I eventually got the hang of it.
I’m no longer weary and afraid. The uncertainty and my stress are much much less!
I’ve evolved. I understand my role better. I’m probably a bit more nurturing to my “kitten.”
Looking back, God did the same for me. God engineered my evolution so I can be the mother I need to be.
Some lessons God reveals when we take time to “see” them and “hear” Him.
This isn’t the first time God has used a cat to teach me how less than ideal situations can work out unexpectedly.
And I suspect it won’t be the last.