When Miss Kitty first fell ill, I almost lost her.
Not lost her as in she almost died,( though that would have happened) but as in I couldn’t find her.
When outside cats are sick or injured they often try to find a place to hide where they often suffer alone and die.
They can’t be found…seemingly do not want to be found… and cut themselves off from that which can save them.
My cat had found an opening to get under the house behind some shrubbery, but the pain from her injury prevented her from getting all the way in the opening.
When I extracted her from the hole I could feel the resignation and fear as I carried her inside, then to the doctor.
I would not let her out of my site again until I knew she was well.
It took a team that loved her to restore her to health.
A wonderful veterinarian, myself, and a bunch of people who weren’t ashamed to pray for a broken cat.
She’s fine now.
I don’t know why cats try to separate from us when they are sick or injured in some way.
I don’t know if it’s feline pride, or shame, or just a way to keep a modicum of dignity.
Perhaps it’s the only way they feel safe.
I only know it’s deadly…and I do the same thing.
So do many of you.
We get a bad report, we are injured physically, emotionally, or spiritually and we find a metaphorical hole under the house to hide in.
We don’t want anyone to know, we want no one to see.
We try to protect what’s left of our pride and dignity, we feel shame over our wounds…because sometimes they are self inflicted.
Even when they are not, we do not want someone or something to wound us there again.
We try desperately to carve out someplace safe.
It doesn’t work…the healing doesn’t come.
At best we keep the wounds from getting deeper, we just grow a scar to cover us.
What healed Miss Kitty was the love of many doing what they could.
People loved her enough to pray for her and I loved her enough to care for her until she didn’t need a place to hide anymore.
She would have died under the house.
So will you.
We need each other…we were created that way.
There is no shame in that.
God rescued us that we might be rescuers of others in His name.
Only love can heal some wounds.
Our job is to get what we need so we can give it away to someone else who needs it too.
Make your own application…