Sep 082017

Miss Kitty stood in front of the door and howled as if she were calling someone who wouldn’t answer.

About ten minutes later my phone rang.

“They lied to you. They will put your cat down”.

A few minutes later, I was on my way to bail Chester out of the pound.

I had left him there because I was told he was sick and had to be kept indoors forever…and that they would adopt him out to someone who could provide a safe home for him.

Now, my anonymous caller claimed that wasn’t the case.

My heart couldn’t take the risk that they were right.

I emptied my bank account with the cat bail bondsman and they sent someone to fetch him from his cell.

I called out his name…and you could hear him howling back all the way up the hall and into the lobby.

His Daddy had finally come…he wasn’t abandoned after all.

He was howling all the way home…a song of both thankfulness and pure relief.

Miss Kitty met him at the door, her own calling having been answered.

Chester was home.

Things aren’t the same as when he left, we have new challenges to face .

We’ll face them together.

I’m writing this for two reasons.

One, I shared my grief with you last week and you need to know my grief has been turned to joy.

Second…some of you are waiting for your Daddy to show up.

Your friends have been calling Him too.

You think you may have been abandoned in a cage of despair and solitude.

It’s not true.

Your Father has never ceased thinking about you…your name is engraved on the palms of His hands.

He will not leave or forsake you.

It will feel like He’s done both…but feelings lie sometimes.

When the timing is right…He’ll be there to pick you up.

There will always be challenges, but you and Dad will face them together.

Then your mourning will be turned to joy.

Just ask Chester.

Be ready to howl.

Make your own application…

  27 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. Thank you for this word of encouragement.

  2. this is a great ponder and, i guess, welcome to the wonderful world of litter boxes ?

  3. God emptied His bank account… ? … yes, He did… the debt collector took the life of God the Son and the price was paid in full … yes, a great ponder and a great joy to think on in light of the dire straights the nation is in at the moment…

  4. Great news big brother! Praising God with you.

  5. Thanks, everyone…off to another doctors appointment…

  6. praying for you today Michael…

  7. I am glad you have Chester back.

    I don’t believe anything pound people tell me. They told me Mr. Noodles was a girl.

  8. Maybe Mr. Noodles is gender nonbinary.

  9. Welcome back home Chester, thanks for the TGIF Michael.

    I second Xenis’s observation on the pound. Years ago they told us a doggie was just a few years old. In 2 years she started to turn grey & go blind.

  10. That’s funny Josh!

  11. “…your friends have been calling him too…”

    May we be faithful in that endeavor.

  12. Why was having an indoor cat a deal-breaker?

  13. Great and small we have to take care of our own.

    Not to get overly political, but this week was rough. I teach in a very latino school district in So Cal. The DACA decision was a gut punch. My continuation high school students already feel beat down by the system. One boy asked me, “Why do they hate us?” I’m heartbroken. Just saying they’re racists, or bigots, doesn’t answer the question.

    My district won’t abandon our kids, and I’m proud of that.

  14. Ted,

    I live in a very small space and Chester and my other cats are all former strays who are used to going in and out all the time.

    Now, I have to get up three times a night to let Miss Kitty in and out…and this catbox thing is rough. 🙂

  15. Why are my eyes all watery?

    …must be because I’m allergic to cats…

    You write someone who is been through some stuff Michael

  16. I’m here to say that I have three daughters and none of them married a man with as much heart and character as this Michael has… where were you 30 years ago, Michael? 😉

  17. Em,

    You’re too kind.
    Thirty years ago i was probably drunk…your daughters did well to avoid me. 🙂

  18. For those keeping score…

    My kidney stones are gone, the gallbladder is out, and the cats are home.

    Thank you for your prayers…

  19. #17 Michzel, it is the measure of a man – IMHO – that he can respond to God, repent and move on…
    Now let’s see how you respond to the litter box… LOL…

    Thanking God for the good health report, but take it slow now, nevertheless

  20. I knew you would bring him home! Hooray! Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer.

  21. Michael, all of it is fabulous news, the score couldn’t be better!

    And I daresay, Chester knows his redeemer lives, too!

  22. Absolutely LOVE this real life sermon illustration…. Welcome Home, Chester…

  23. So happy this hear this news about Chester and your health! Wonderful!

  24. Michael, I would think getting up 3 times a night to let your cats outside is much more of a burden than having a cat box where you DON’T have to do that! You’ll get more solid sleep and feel refreshed in the morning. Just get two cat boxes and maybe all the cats will learn to use it and let you sleep.

  25. I don’t know anything about cats, but if dogs can be referenced as a precedent, then if you feed them at 5 and cut off water at 7, then if you let them out before bed around 9:30 – 10:00 pm, they should be good until at least around 6:00 am the next morning.

  26. Another suggestion to add to the list… A dog kennel of some sort to sequester Chester at night would eliminate the need to lock poor Miss Kitty inside

  27. HOWL-lelujah!!!!

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