A couple of weeks ago, I announced that my beloved Miss Kitty had cancer.
I wrote about it to hopefully move people to prayer and writing about it made a fact I had avoided real to me.
Now, I have to write another fact about Miss Kitty to make it real to me.
Miss Kitty no longer has cancer.
The cancer was in her eye…a large , hard, white growth had covered her left eye and the vet said we could either remove the eye or euthanize her.
The surgery was way out of my price range, but neither Missy, nor myself, were ready to say goodbye.
I would pray and I would wait.
Then, a terrible thing happened.
My town burned down and I had to evacuate my house…she would live in the car with me for a spell.
I bought her a little cat house that sat on one side of the seat, her litter box on the other side, food and water on the floor.
It was in this mess that she looked up at me from the backseat of my car…and I could clearly see that the growth was shrinking and her pupil was visible for the first time in weeks.
In the days since, her eye has become clearer and clearer…my cat has been healed.
Deal with it.
This raises questions I have no answers to and the very act of asking those questions will squelch the joy right out of the miracle.
I refuse to engage in that.
Joy is a rare and precious commodity these days…unfortunately, it has become a virtue to be joyless.
Having any joy now means that you have failed to assess the grave political, social, and ecclesiastical crises we are in.
Most folks are depressed and many have added rage to the depression.
I understand, but I’ll pass, thank you.
You see, I worship a God that in the midst of great tragedy and fear will reach down and pet my cat, healing both of us in the process.
In all this turmoil God is good and God is working…my prayer is that He would heal us all of our blindness and the cancers that are devouring us.
There is hope.
Do you want to be healed?
Make your own application…
Wow!! I am SOOO happy for this good news about Miss Kitty!! I was actually “suspecting” that there was an unusual healing going on when you first showed that picture of her in her new blue car carrier. I was thinking. “wait..which eye is it that has the growth?” Not only does He count all the hairs on our heads (sorry bald guys) but He heals so many large and tiny things in our lives. Sometimes we don’t notice them till later and we think, “where did that woe/complaint go?” What a wonderful loving personal Lord!!
Well said…and thank you.
So, to make my application, we need to first set our towns on fire in order to experience healing? Got it! But my town’s pretty big, it may take a while to cover it all. 🙂
But seriously, I am so glad you and Miss Kitty have experienced this miracle amongst such a tragic situation. Keep that joy.
Joy is not a silly emotion… It runs alongside that deep, settled peace…
And Kevin, setting a town on fire? That probably won’t bring peace or joy … LOL. THINK !
Evidently, we have a few people here who could help you out… 🙂
Hey, you are the one who always says make your *own* application.
Then again, maybe not all applications are equal. 🙂
This is awesome.
God is great!
We have not because we ask not. We too often are content to be miserable. Joy. What a novel concept.
Man this is great Michael. Joy for Miss Kitty and you. Joy should not be shunned. I alway bristle a bit (or a lot depending on my mood) when I hear the “God wants you to be holy, not happy” trope. Awesome testimony Michael!
Here’s a conundrum for you, Dan from GA.
It is possible to not be happy and still experience joy…
I am old and here to “help folk out”. LOL
Miss Kitty and you needed amiracle…we all needed a miracle and our Lord gave us one…the fact is, Jesus is in the miracle business and if anyone needed one, you did. This reinforces the need for prayer in any and all situations! Blessed are you and miss kitty
I would think so Em. I don’t know a lot of joy when I am not happy though. Still a mystery to me how to be joyful in hardships.
Here is a sort-of related example from my life: I was single until the age of 42. How many times when as a single person have I read or heard that “God will not give you a spouse until you are completely content in Him”? I’d be rich, as the saying goes. So fast forward to wedding day and I had ABSOLUTELY NOT TESTIMONY on learning contentment before finding a spouse. Never happened for me. It took me a while to realize that a lot of the advice we give back and forth to each other can be misleading and sometimes hurtful.
I know a lady (now with Jesus) that when she became a Christian, she asked God to give her a sense of humor, and boy did he ever! I also believe that someone who has had a sad and somber life filled with depression is entirely within there privilege as a believer to ask for a happy heart.
Here is what I am getting at: I don’t think that our live in Christ is a one-size-fits-all existence. Because God worked in someone’s life doesn’t mean that he’ll do the same for another person.
Point taken, Dan, thoughtful words… we truly ARE all unique…
As were the 12 disciples our Lord called including the greedy, proud bad apple judas
Michael, glad for you and Miss Kitty. 🙂
Praise the Lord!
Well written Michael. Cecelia also says so!
And there is always joy and healing when we draw near to Abba Father🙏…
The problem arises when we run away or hide…😢
Em, thanks. Good question from you too!
So happy for you Michael…I’ve grown to love Miss Kitty through your blog.
Thanks for the kind words everyone…Elena, tell Cece I said hi…
Michael, perhaps what you’ve experienced is what Tolkien referred to as a “eucatastrope.”
Do I want to be healed? Yes please, Lord.
I heard a story (over 10 years ago, I hope I get it right) where a dog owner did have the money for expensive surgery. But there was no guarantee it was going to survive and would still take weeks to recover. The owner asked her mother (my friend, a minister) to pray, and she then asked more friends to pray. Some fasted. The day after surgery, the vet comes in and checks on the dog, which has fully recovered, shaken off the attached tubes and was running around the room.
If God offered my friend a choice of miracle, she might have asked for healing sick church members, healing divisions in the church, growth in faith of church members, help in the dire situations of many people she knew, spread of the gospel in the area, her own kids going to church again… the healing of a dog would probably be down the list a bit. But God showed his love in that way that time.