Sunday With Smokey
He’s a former stray because whether he knows it or not he has a home here and he’s loved whether he moves in or doesn’t.
Nobody seems to want him, certainly, no one is taking care of him.
He looks to be an older fellow…he hasn’t been neutered so the wounds of constant fighting are many and painful when touched.
He has an abscess on the side of his face and he’s missing a tooth or two.
I suspect that he was quite a handsome cat when he was young…perhaps he will be again.
He lives in the neighborhood shrubbery…yesterday, he arrived with his whiskers plastered down by a spider web he walked through.
He is always very hungry.
Last week, I put a bowl of food out for him when I heard him crying from the bushes.
He ate a bit, but something spooked him and he ran.
Same the next day.
Slowly, he started coming out just far enough to tell me he was hungry.
A couple of days ago, he let me sit beside him while he ate.
Yesterday, he came to my door and he ate his fill while I petted him.
This morning, he opened the door and called for me, just as he’s seen the other cats do.
We had a good visit over breakfast, then, as always, he quickly left.
Soon, he’ll understand that he doesn’t have to go anywhere after he eats.
Even if he doesn’t, I’ll still feed him and sit with him when him when I’m able.
I don’t have any expectations for Smokey, just the hope that someday he’ll let me give him the home he deserves.
All of this , naturally, brings me to Jesus.
I’m looking pretty ragged myself.
I feel worse.
The world, the flesh, and the devil, take turns wounding all of us.
Instead of going to God we try to make our own way through…we’re not sure of His love and sometimes He scares us.
What if… Jesus loves us like I love stray cats?
What if… He’s actually looking for you to feed and care for you?
What if… He just loves to sit with you while He blesses you?
What if …you really matter to Him no matter how insignificant you and the world thinks you are?
What if… Smokey isn’t the only one who needs to come “home”?
Make your own application…