I am a cat foster mom. (Yes, that is a real thing!) I take in animals until they are ready for adoption through a local charity, Feral Feline Friends. The first group were Maybe and Pip. Then came Shannon, Flora, Fauna, Merryweather, Lucy, and then Lily. Lots of these kitties were ill, had fleas, worms, allergies, and some weren’t even litter trained. But none were as broken as Lily.
Lily came to us from an animal hoarder* case, not unlike a few animals we have gotten before. She was so covered in fleas that her fur was missing in places, she had worms of all sorts, and she was the size of a six month old kitten, even though she was estimated to be at least two years old. She wasn’t litter trained and she had been injured. We knew all of this before we picked her up from her rescuer. Her back leg had been crushed and left to heal on its own. What resulted was a leg that had fused together in one long crooked stick. No joints were evident in the leg and she couldn’t bend or move it in any way. She had a terrible time getting around.
Lily’s recovery was hard to watch. Because of her leg she got stuck behind the refrigerator and in a stack of paint cans. Because she was crippled, the other cats bullied her and treated her poorly. She was shy, terrified even, of my family. She was malnourished, unsocialized, and she couldn’t jump. Over the next few months though, she persevered and she began to really heal. One day I realized that I no longer saw her handicap, I saw her for her beautiful soul. She had come out of a terrible situation and was now the sweetest animal in our home.
On that day I realized something that was so profound to me. THAT is how God sees us, his children. He knows we are broken, he knows we are sinners, but he sees our souls! He knows that we struggle and that we fall but he loves us anyway! Through the death of his own son, Jesus Christ, he now sees us as righteous, cleansed, and whole. John 1:12 tell us that we are children of God and that we belong to him. Colossians 2:13-14 tells us that we are forgiven and that our debt has been paid! How amazing is that love!? Through Jesus, we can all be rescued!
*( Animal hoarding is keeping a higher-than-usual number of animals as domestic pets without having the ability to properly house or care for them, while at the same time denying this inability. Compulsive hoarding can be characterized as a symptom of mental disorder rather than deliberate cruelty towards animals. Hoarders are deeply attached to their pets and find it extremely difficult to let the pets go. They typically cannot comprehend that they are harming their pets by failing to provide them with proper care. Hoarders tend to believe that they provide the right amount of care for their pets. Per Wikipedia)