I was witness to two animal miracles this week.
My mother’s aging cat, Bonnie, was vomiting up yellow bile. When her brother had done the same thing some years ago, he was then diagnosed with liver cancer and he had to be put to sleep, so you can imagine the anguish my mother was going through. We all began to pray, and we arranged to take her to the vet the next day. Interestingly, the vet couldn’t find anything wrong with Bonne. In fact, when she did some blood work, the blood work came back perfect, as if Bonnie were 6 years old instead of 16. Anyone surprised that there has been no further incidences of vomiting since?
About this same time, Elio, the aging black lab belonging to an e-friend of mine, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his leg. The tumor had attached itself to a vein, and unfortunately, the vet was unable to get all of it. A week and four more surgeries later, the leg was still bleeding despite the fact that Elio was being kept sedated. We were all praying for Elio, as he was the only companion my e-friend has, and she is quite attached to him. By Wednesday of this week, the bleeding stopped and she was able to take Elio home. He is not yet out of danger, but he is much, much better.
Why am I telling you these two stories? After all, Bonnie and Elio are just animals, and these stories don’t even mention the types of problems that affect each of us daily.
I am telling you these stories because of one Bible passage: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt 6:26-30 NKJV)
Friends, if God so loves the little creatures of this earth like Bonnie and Elio enough to heal them, can’t we trust Him with our problems as well? If God so cares about us that he heals our beloved pets, can’t we trust Him with our families? With our own lives? “So why do [we] worry about ______ (Insert your present worries here)?…if God so [heals] the [beloved pets], which today is and tomorrow [are not], will He not much more ________(insert here your present worries), O you of little faith?”
Whatever it is, be it small or large; be it the common cold or cancer; be it a sick pet or a dying brother; be it no money for a vacation or no money to pay the rent or put food on the table; be it whatever you are worrying about today, give it to God. He knows, and the God who clothes the weeds of the fields; the God who takes care of the birds of the air; the God who healed Bonnie and stopped Elio’s bleeding will much more take care of your worries!
God bless each of you this week as you give your worries to Him!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.