A watercolor my darling little girl and I painted together of our precious kitty, Snowball. (You can see a photo of her at the bottom of this post.)
There is something about losing a beloved pet that hurts in a way nothing else does.
Their affection and companionship, their loyalty, their complete dependence upon you, their charming idosyncracies, their sweet love…all these and more grab your heart forever.
We lost our precious little kitty yesterday. She was a darling. Everyone who met her ~ even avowed cat-haters ~ fell in love with her. She was a part of our family.
When we lost our home 3 years ago and travelled “all over God’s creation” trying to find shelter, she was the stability and consistency of love and affection that made us feel like anywhere was “home.” When my little girl had lost all her friends in the move and had no one, this little kitty was her playmate and buddy. In the continuing trouble and turmoil of the last 3 years this kitty was so often a bright spot in our day. Suffice it to say that this loss is very keenly, deeply felt and we are sad.
In our losses He comes to us and brings hope. Oswald Chambers wrote:
“In the Bible, clouds are always associated with God. Clouds are the sorrows, sufferings, or providential circumstances…which actually seem to contradict the sovereignty of God. Yet it is through these very clouds that the spirit of God is teaching us to walk by faith. If there were never any clouds in our lives we would not have faith.’The clouds are the dust of His feet’ (Nahum 1:3) They are a sign that God is there.”
In our pain and loneliness and disappointment, God weeps with us us, holds our hand, carries us and teaches us to trust Him. It is only through our “utter poverty,” being completely destitute, having no one to lean on, no where else to turn, saddened beyond belief, that He can rescue us with His enduring love and plan to become our One and Only Everything.
So is there hope in the midst of pain?
With God, there is always hope. In this case, although I cannot give complete biblical proof that our pets will be seen by us again in eternity, I do know our loving God has things planned beyond our most wonderful imaginations, and I truly believe that includes our pets.
One thing I can state directly from the Source of all truth, however, is this: not one soul will ever have the opportunity to see God, or heaven, or any of the incredible things He has planned unless they bow their knee to His Son, Jesus Christ, and make Him the Lord of their lives. Their pets may well indeed be made new again, but they themselves will perish in Hell forever without a Savior. We human beings all need Jesus, just as assuredly as our pets need us.
And so, although we have a hole in our family and in our hearts today, we are living by faith and choosing to let God fill the void, and give us hope.
May God richly bless you with faith in Him and His Son, and with all hope today.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
‘And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”’ Revelation 21:5
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” Romans 5:5