Monday, July 20, 2009

Miracle - Conclusion

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

It was Friday morning, June 26th, thirteen days since Demi’s disappearance. My husband and I were sitting on the front porch having our morning coffee when the wild cat that our neighbor puts food out for every day, appeared across the road with her new litter of kittens. Apparently she was bringing them out of hiding for the first time. She had come into season around the same time as our cat, Jack-E, and the same old Tom cat had courted the both of them. Her kittens appeared to be about two weeks younger than Jack-E’s but three of them were almost identical in appearance to our three. I remarked to my husband that she even had one that looked “almost” like Demi.

I walked out toward the road to get a better look at them, and being wild kittens they quickly darted out of sight. I came back to the house and went about my day as usual not thinking any more about the kittens.

As I opened up the window blinds on Saturday morning, I saw the cat and two of her kittens outside our back door. I reached to open the door and they heard the noise of the door knob turning and darted under the porch. I wanted to see if I could get a closer look at them, so I put some cat food beside the doorsteps and waited. Too smart for that trick, they stayed out of sight and I gave up the thought and came back inside the house. About an hour later, I looked outside the window again and two more of the kittens were there, eating the cat food that I had put out earlier. I reached to open the door and THEY darted back under the porch.

In keeping with our morning routine, my husband and I went out onto the porch to have our coffee. Knowing from the previous day that there were five kittens, I told him that I had seen the kittens earlier but all I could account for were those four. As we were talking, I heard a “meow” come from across the road. I remarked to my husband that apparently the mama cat had left one of the kittens behind and that I was going to walk out to the road to see if I could coax it across to get with the rest of the litter.

As I went toward the road and called for the kitten, it ran STRAIGHT TO ME. Now…that should have been my first clue! The other kittens were wild. Just the sound of me turning the door knob had scared them away. This kitten came straight to me. I noticed immediately that it was the one that I previously thought looked just like my Demi. As I reached down to pick it up, I commented aloud, “let me see if you really look like your sister”. The kitten was so malnourished that I could feel the skeleton of its entire body as it lay limp in my arms. The thought immediately went thru my mind….could this be Demi? Our kittens had been spayed and neutered, so I checked her belly and to my surprise, the belly hair still showed signs of being shaved and her spay scar was present. IT WAS DEMI, frail and malnourished, but alive!

I shouted out loud, “it’s Demi, it’s Demi” as I ran to the porch to show her scar and shaven belly to my husband. God had heard and answered my prayers!

It took two--not-so-well received baths to remove all the dirt and bad odors from her body and three days before her brothers, Hemi and Semi, would accept her. Her mother, Jack-E held out for five! But today, Demi is as healthy as ever and everything is back to normal. She is playing with her mother and brothers and no one would ever know that they were ever apart. I still think they need to be outside in wide open spaces, but until I can get peace about that, they will all remain inside cats.

Yes, I still have all sorts of unanswered questions…exactly what happened the night of June 14th, how did Demi get with that other litter, was she with them all thirteen days of her disappearance, why would the other mama cat take care of her, OR was she never with them at all and alone with God providing for her the entire time...all unanswered questions.

Sometimes, perhaps it is the unknown that keeps us searching for the answers. I just know I experience a “wonderful” thing….a miracle.

It Took a Miracle

My Father is omnipotent and that you can't deny

A God of might and miracles, 'tis written in the sky

Though here His glory has been shown, we still can't fully see

The wonders of His might, His throne, 'till all eternity

The Bible tells us of His power and wisdom all way through;

And every little bird and flower are testimonies too.

It took a miracle to put the stars in place;

It took a miracle to hang the world in space

But when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole,

It took a miracle of love and grace!

by John W. Peterson

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company!

Au revoir,


One Vintage Hag said...

Such a sweet story and so glad Demi is back with you and her Mom.
~one vintage hag

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Yay!!!! Demi is okay! What a wonderfully sweet story. Thank you Jacque for sharing it.

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings and a great big hug,

robert said...

Interesting personal story. And your quotation of John Peterson's song also caught my eye. (Today is the 3rd anniversary of the death of this great gospel song writer.) Hope you and your husband have experienced the wonder of God's love and grace. God bless.