My Little Lexie Cat
“Are not five sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” — Luke 12:6
If God does not forget even a sparrow, then surely, He will not forget the best cat I’ve ever owned. Sunday night, our family cat, Lexie, drew her last breath. We were allowed to have her in our lives and got to take care of her for six years. A cancerous knot began to grow on her side that was apparently caused by a vaccination. We had it surgically removed, but it came back with a vengeance.
I would normally never write about an animal in a devotional, but I do feel that God was glorified through my cat. Once, when she had been missing for days, we thought she wasn’t coming back. We prayed for her safe return as a family. Lexie loved to sit on the outside swing with me and listen to the You Version Bible app. I went outside, started playing it, and immediately she turned the corner, hopped up next to me, and listened with me. I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed.
If any one of us was sick, this cat stayed right beside us until we were better. Last year around this time, when I was absolutely crushed and devastated, she stayed right up under me. I was trying to act all cool and like nothing was wrong, but my family knew because Lexie wouldn’t leave my side.
I’m attaching a picture with this WMD. At this very moment, it occurred to me that my cat was Christlike in the fact that she kind of took our pain. For a moment, in my mind I saw her absorbing my family’s sickness, hurts, and pains. I immediately turned to praise God, “This is what You do! Thank You, God!”
It is my belief that if you carry any kind of burden such as worry, hatred, anger, or basically any unconfessed sin . . . it will eventually manifest itself in physical sickness. I don’t think it is the only reason that sickness is manifested, but it is a primary reason, nonetheless. I can’t help but believe that my cat got sick from carrying so many of my family’s hurts. Whether that is true or not, it makes me want to glorify God so much for all that He has taken and has crucified on the cross.
Lord, thank you for allowing us to be the owners of our little Lexie cat. Thank you for all that she taught me. Thank you for a real-life example of “all the earth sings praises to you.” I’m sure there are better things to pray for, but pick her up, hold her tight, and let her know that she will see us again. Help us to live lives that point to You. Help us to glorify You, our Father in Heaven. Amen