Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10, NKJV
I held Clancy close, my heart breaking. As Dr. Martha hugged me, I saw tears in her eyes. Experiencing her compassion that day gave me the strength God had promised in Isaiah 41:10. I knew I would grieve and miss Clancy terribly, but I also knew God would strengthen me.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
James 1:17, NASB
Clancy had come into my life by default. Being aware of my love for cats, my niece, Carol, had called me. Matter of fact as always, she said, “I have a Siamese kitten for you. He’s six weeks old. When can you pick him up? Or would you like me to bring him to you?” My journey with Clancy began the moment Carol placed this tiny, Lilac-Point Siamese kitten into my outstretched hands.
He was to me, a family member. He was the four-footed variety, but loved as much as any of us.
Clancy loved being in our big yard and enjoyed patrolling the area just inside the tree line. He took seriously his responsibilities of “watch cat.” He chased away dogs and other cats who ventured into his yard. Deer passed through often and sometimes stopped to graze. Clancy liked them; one time I saw him approach a doe and stand on his hind legs to touch noses with her.
Clancy was a loving kitty and spent his evenings contentedly purring himself to sleep in my lap, as I relaxed in my easy chair. He spent the night curled up beside me on my bed and belied the myth that felines are indifferent to their humans. My sister lived next door. Clancy believed he had two moms and visited her every day where he often curled up on her bed for a nap. When I was gone overnight, Clancy stayed with his “Aunt Jean.”
My house felt empty that first evening, and after hours of tears and loneliness, I realized the most fitting tribute to Clancy would be to adopt another cat.
Because of the outstanding veterinary care provided by Dr. Martha, Clancy was able to enjoy a much longer life than he otherwise would have had. Now, my journey with Clancy had come to an end after fourteen years. My house felt empty that first evening, and after hours of tears and loneliness, I realized the most fitting tribute to Clancy would be to adopt another cat.
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.
Genesis 2:18-19, NASB
Wavering between guilt and resolve, I went online to find the cat most in need of a home. I checked animal shelters, veterinary clinics, and humane societies. I must have read the descriptions of a hundred homeless cats before I found her under a listing of Calicos.
The picture on the computer screen showed a small adult cat with soft gray fur. She had an off-white underside and paws, with a peachy color brushed here and there. Her face looked unnaturally thin, and her ears seemed enormous. Her picture showed evidence of a difficult life, but, instead of defeat and resignation, the expression in her eyes was one of expectancy and hope.
The animal rescue had discovered her patiently waiting beside a box containing her kittens. I was drawn to her, knowing her kittens would not be hard to place, but the chances of finding her a home was slim-to-none. She was at the point of starvation and her ribs were visible.
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
Job 12:10, NIV
I named my new kitty, Bella. While she can never take Clancy’s place, this now healthy and beautiful cat has established a place of her own. Thus, a new journey has begun, and I am loving every minute of it.
God loves to give us good gifts. Reflect on special gifts He has given you, including pets.
Thank You, Heavenly Father for Your presence in all of my journeys.
Copyright 2020: Incredible Journeys: Author Evelyn Wells: All Rights Reserved.
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Evelyn Wells is an award-winning author who has contributed to Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character (2019 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Glimmers of Heavenly Light (Faith Books & More), Let the Earth Rejoice (Worthy Inspired), Breaking the Chains (2018 Selah finalist, Lighthouse Bible Studies), Just Breathe (Worthy/Ellie Claire), and Feed Your Soul with the Word of God (Lighthouse Bible Studies). Evelyn is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (awaiting publication). She also writes for Refresh Bible Study magazine.
Passionate about glorifying God through her writing and speaking, Evelyn enjoys spending time on short-term mission trips, both domestic and foreign. She was recently blessed with an opportunity to speak/minister in Uganda.
Evelyn loves attending Bible Studies and spiritual retreats, and having good conversation with friends over lunch or a glass of tea. She is also an avid fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. Evelyn enjoys good books, her cats, traveling, and especially spending time with her family.
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