Smokey was laying on the warm concrete at the end of the driveway and I sat down beside him to watch the world go by for a moment.
A fellow on a bike passed by, then stopped and walked his bike back toward us.
“I think that’s my cat”.
I allowed that it very well could be, that Smokey was a stray that I had fed for weeks, then neutered when he decided to stay.
He was welcome to take him home if Smokey was indeed his pet.
“I don’t want him. He was my girlfriends cat and when she left she couldn’t take him so I stopped feeding him. I don’t want him, I just thought that it was cool that he’s still around.”
I told him that his former girlfriend had made a wise decision and Smokey and I went back to the house.
It then struck me that I live in a “used cat” house.
I have a flock of formerly owned felines.
What that means is that every one of the cats here at one time loved, trusted, and depended on someone else, then were discarded like trash when they were no longer convenient or useful.
That means that they spent time being scared and confused before realizing they had to find a way to survive on their own.
They were betrayed by those they trusted the most.
That’s why it takes so long to earn the trust of a stray cat.
All the cats here now know that they are always welcome and there’s always enough food to go around…but they also remember they believed that was the case once before.
Some of us have had the same experiences in the church that my cats have had.
We loved, trusted, and depended on people who threw us away.
We thought we were part of a family, then the family no longer wanted us.
We’ve spent a long time being hurt and confused, then dealing with the fact that we had to make it on our own.
The betrayal will always sting.
God didn’t do it.
God didn’t betray you and He will deal with those who did.
He understands that just like my cats, you have trust issues now.
He will allow you as much time as you need…but you will always be welcome at the throne room of grace.
You are loved.
You will always have a home…He’s gone to prepare a place for you.
Mine will have multiple litter boxes and a catio.
Make your own application…