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THE CAT THAT SAVED ME

Updated on May 4, 2010
The Home I Had to Leave
The Home I Had to Leave
This is the Cat that Saved Me
This is the Cat that Saved Me

From Here to There-From There to Here

My life was in the toilet. Out of work, out of money, foreclosure looming.  Depressed? Depressed was not the world, I was approaching non-functional. There were decisions to make, what to do, where to go, how to get there, Time was running out. Where was I going to live? How was I going to make a living? What was I going to do with the accumulation of memories tied up in 20 years of stuff? If I let go of the stuff, I let go of the memories.


A boy and his dog
A boy and his dog

The First was Easy

The first two questions where easier to solve than the last. My favorite oldest daughter asked me to come and lend a hand with Xavier and Ashley who was soon to arrive. I would be the nanny! What a joy that will be. But what would I do with all my STUFF?


Stuff to Keep
Stuff to Keep
Stuff to toss
Stuff to toss

But I Want to Keep It All!

The house was in shambles with piles of stuff everywhere. Wandering through the house, I moved the piles of stuff “to keep” over to the piles of “stuff not to keep”. then I moved it all back again adding to it the stuff that I decided not to toss.

And Stuff to Give Away?
And Stuff to Give Away?
My hats
My hats
Things I had Found
Things I had Found
My Pets
My Pets
Broken
Broken

Helpless

My life had ground to a halt. I had to leave for a new life in Atlanta. My mind knew it was the right decision but my heart refused to co-operate. I couldn't move in either direction, neither forward or backward. So I just froze in place.

Shaking My Fist at the Injustice

I ranted.  I raved.  I shook my fists. I cried, I prayed.  It didn't matter.  God turned a deaf ear to my pleadings.  "Dear Lord, if you just let me stay here, I promise I will change." Dear Jesus, don't you understand how much I don't want to move?'

Nothing but silence!  My prayers fell on deaf ears!  Why would God refuse me this one small request.  I never asked for much.  I never expected miracles.  Just let me keep my stuff!

Until Now

God had never simply abandoned me before. What every I had asked for, what every I needed, he had always provided. I was confused. When times had gotten tough before, a still small voice always whispered in my ear. This voice always reassured me that everything would be all right. And it always was.

God had never left
God had never left

I Must Have Been Deaf

I was so wrapped up in myself and my woes, I was deaf to God's voice.  So he sent me a messenger.  A messenger that he know I would recognize.

A Cat on a Mission
A Cat on a Mission

One Night

Out of the darkness, it strolled, talking all the way. It was the largest, furriest cat, I had ever seen. My pets and I watched him walk up the porch steps and sit down, talking all the time. The cat acted like it had lived here all its life. I picked him up; his fur was long and silky with a soft woolly undercoat, the large ears had tufts of fur overlapping the opening. The feet were huge, covered with fur, even between the toes and a magnificent tail that looked like it belonged on a raccoon. My heart leaped with joy. This wasn’t just any cat. This was a Maine Coon cat: a cat that had a history almost as long as this country’s, a cat that cost more money than I could spend, a cat I had wanted most of my life. The cat was starving but then so was I?

At home in my stuff
At home in my stuff

We Both Were Saved

Over the next few days, both of us were fed. The cat by Little Friskies and me… Well, I was fed by the cat that God had sent. When I stroked his fur and looked into the big green eyes, the cat knew what I was feeling. He knew what I was going through. He knew because his arrival was no accident. God had found a way to my attention. That he had a new life planned for me. All I had to do was to let go of the past and take without question the new life he had planned for me.

Telling me What I needed to hear
Telling me What I needed to hear
Lilies of the Fields
Lilies of the Fields

The stuff that I was agonizing over, what was it really? The answer, nothing. Stuff is not alive, it doesn't feel, it doesn't care, it doesn't love. It can't remember.

I had forgotten what my Lord and Savior told me:

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?(Mathew 6:26)

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed line on of these. (Mathew 6:28-29)

Could see the Sun Again
Could see the Sun Again

A Burden Lifted

The freedom I feel when I let go of the past and all MY STUFF is unbelievable. The worries are gone, the future is unfolding everyday. What if this move doesn’t work? Well, God will just send another messenger to tell me it will be okay.

Every Peice Began to Fall into Place

As I surrendered my life to God's will, everything simply fell into place. I  began to sort through my possessions. It was easier to choose the things to keep.  It was even easier to let go of the stuff, well that was just stuff.


.

My mother's clock
My mother's clock

Some things I saved

like my mother's clock

and all my photographs.

My grandmothers Secretary
My grandmothers Secretary

My Grandmother's Secretary.  I did keep that.

Hats are just hats
Hats are just hats

My hats, what should I do with my hats?

I would not shrivel up and die without them.

They went.

Landscape oil painting
Landscape oil painting

The landscape painting that I found at Goodwill.  Let someone else enjoy it as much as I have.

Pine cupboard
Pine cupboard
15 year old palm tree
15 year old palm tree

What about my books?  Where there any that I read more than once?

Keep those and let someone else enjoy the rest.

It's was Time

to let it all go. The only things that really matter are the things I already have.

  • A loving and forgiving God who does hear all my prayers
  • A loving family that stepped between me and the great blackness that threatened to envelope me. Their love and help made it possible for me to begin again.
  • a roof over my head and food on the table

What more could a person ask for? Nothing, nothing at all. Even in my misery, I was better of then most of the people in the world. What was I worrying about? NOTHING!

The simpler life
The simpler life

When I completely let go of my STUFF and put my life into God's hands, everything I had been worried about evaporated.  Friends and family offered to keep my pets for me for as long as I needed, store the things I kept, and get the things that I no longer needed into the hands of those who did.

Thank you, God, for  always holding me in the palms of your hands. Even when I forget.


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    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      You are so right billyaustin. Once I let go of all my stuff and made the move, I have not regretted my decision once. The road God led me down was necessary to weaken my attachment to "things" so I can take the next trip of my journey with less baggage.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      A touching reminder that material possessions are just that. Family is such a great resonator of life and now you are blessed and revitalized with your grandson that is wonderful. No doubt there are would have been easier routes to get there but you strength and understanding are testaments to you the person.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks much for the kind words. The funny thing is, that once I decided that the "stuff" wasn't as important as the good times that they represented, it was much easier to let it go. Now that the move is over, it was a good decision. My grandson is a delight and I am a great help to my daughter.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks much for the kind words. The funny thing is, that once I decided that the "stuff" wasn't as important as the good times that they represented, it was much easier to let it go. Now that the move is over, it was a good decision. My grandson is a delight and I am a great help to my daughter.

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      Tamarind 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this story. I think it really helps when you can relate to someones struggles in life. I makes you feel like you are not alone. I have had to move around a lot in the last couple years and I have had trouble getting rid of stuff from my childhood, but I can't keep it all when I have no were to put it. I know it must have been harder to go through a house you lived in for twenty years and raised your children in. I commend you for your bravery. And what a beautiful cat. The lord may work in mysterious ways as they say, but I am sure the man up stairs knew what was doing. Good luck to you.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for all who asked. My life is going quite well actually. Being involved in my grandson's life on a daily basis is a true blessing.

      I have learned so much from my pets. How to enjoy the day just as it is, be content with simple pleasures like a warm fire and enough food to eat. But sometime when things get rough we forget those lessons and get wrapped up in the wouda, couda, shoudas of life. My pets are all safe and warm with loving family and friends waiting for things to settle down. Then I will bring them home.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I hope that you are warm, safe, comfortable, and finding purpose in your new life. In a strange way, that beautiful cat makes the perfect messenger in my eyes. Hubby and I talk about how our cats know the secret to life. They just relax and take things as they come. They don't covet anything, they just love you and want to hang with you, sleep, eat, explore, and enjoy the day. Worry doesn't seem to figure in their lives.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This story really puts things into perspective! As you said...STUFF is just that! We can't take anything with us into the next life. That cat that came along at just the right time was a blessing. Hope that your new life is going well and that your pets are well tended.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks D.A.L. and Tonymac. This part of my life has actually helped put things back into focus for me. I am so glad that both of you found meaning in my story.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks D.A.L. and Tonymac. This part of my life has actually helped put things back into focus for me. I am so glad that both of you found meaning in my story.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I was really moved by this wonderful story.Thanks Carol for reminding me to concentrate on what really matters and let the rest go!

      Love and peace

      Tony

    • D.A.L. profile image

      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Carol, a beautiful heart written hub that we all should take heed of.Thank you for sharing and for reminding me that material things are only important if they are vital to our needs.

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the prayers and positive affirmations HMW. We do get wrapped up in our troubles and forget that God is always there.

      I am glad you enjoyed the story, Nancy. We can all learn from the lessons that taught to others.

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      nancy_30 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      This was a truly amazing story. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Wealthmadehealthy profile image

      Wealthmadehealthy 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      Oh reddog, you speak so eloquently about the things we should all realize from the beginning. We do have a loving God. He sends us messages through the smallest tiniest voice, but yet all are so wrapped up in their worries about "things"--"stuff"--material possessions, that we forget the most important of all...Life. The precious messenger God sent to you was a gift. The gift of "rememberance" And this is one thing our God tells us to do in many places in His Word. Remember.

      This was the most wonderful hub. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I wondered where you had gone, it had been so long since you had written. I am praising God right now and thanking Him for keeping you safe from harms way . I hope you are able to have your kitties with you, for they love you and would be lonesome without you.....

      Praise God for this story....it should be advertised so more will read it and understand....Let Go and Let God.

      Many blessings to you!!!!

    • reddog1027 profile imageAUTHOR

      reddog1027 

      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Had to find his sweet spot first. A good brushing was his weakness.

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      Grills Guy 

      8 years ago from Santa Cruz

      Make that cat PURRrrrr

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