The Cat Who Descended From Heaven

Day two of the guest post extravaganza is upon you. Next up is my good friend Kristin. I had the good fortune of stumbling across her site when she made the coveted FIRST POST! on Stuff Christians Like. Of all days, it was a day of shameless blog self-promotion and since she made first post, naturally I clicked on her link. I read that post and instantly I was hooked. She’s smart, funny and hates (hated?) cats. We’re practically twins. I hope you enjoy her story!

Halfway between the front door and the car, drizzling rain working itself down into my hair and clothes, I froze. I heard it and so did the kids, coming from behind the front wheel of my SUV. I knew before that what had happened, when I saw four-year-old Mia’s eyes expand to approximately 15.8 times their normal size, her breath catch; from yards away, I could practically hear her pulse quicken. Aw crap, I thought, God had answered her prayer.

Let me back up. To understand, I have to rewind to that morning, 4 hours before we headed out to the store.  I’m busy searching through piles of papers in the study, trying to locate that one form I use to grade all the time, but can never find when I need it. Mia has perched herself at the kids’ table, watching.

“Can I have a cat?”

“No.”

“But I want a cat.”

“I’m allergic to cats.”

“But I really want a cat.”

“I could die. Plus, we can’t afford it.”

“Please, pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease?”

“Mia, I’m really busy right now. Why don’t you just go pray, and ask God for a cat,” I shooed her off so I could keep ransacking the study. She skipped off to her room, I thought, to play. Apparently, she went to pray.

When I heard the cat, I shuddered. Why, of all prayers, did he have to answer this one?  Why, of all people to chose upon whom to foist a feline, did he choose me? That’s it. God just didn’t understand. He had crossed the line. I did not want a cat.

I would have to get rid of the cat. I don’t like poop; I’m barely responsible enough to feed my own children, who can ask for food when they’re hungry, and, I can’t stress this enough, I’M DEATHLY ALLERGIC TO CATS.  She was a skinny thing; I could probably just let her starve to death. No, then I would have to dispose of the carcass, and as much as I hate poop, I hate dead animals more. Also, if God sent it, maybe it was an immortal angel cat. If it’s a boy, I could call it MacLoud or Gabriel. Wait, no, no cats. Animal Shelter! Yes, I’ll call the animal shelter and have them pick her up.

Turns out, you can’t tell a four-year-old that their miracle has to go to the animal shelter. So, over a year later, the woman who could potentially be killed by kittens via anaphylactic shock, has a long-haired, large-eyed, Maine Coon mix named Scarlet, who sleeps in my bed, keeps me company when I’m alone, makes a great foot warmer and has never caused even a watery eye or ticklish throat.

“And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 18:3

She taught me some invaluable lessons about prayer:

  1. Youngsters  are specific in their faith – they believe God for something tangible and detailed, and, God often rewards that faith with detailed, specific answers.
  2. Kidlets expect God to answer – there’s never a question of IF with them, but WHEN. It’s sad that Mia’s faith is more mature than mine, because my faith is mired what I believe is possible, given what has, or has not, happened in the past. It’s bogged down in rationality. Hers is pure anticipation of the promise.
  3. Little squirts return praise for the answer to their prayers. There is no one involved in Mia’s life that doesn’t know God gave her a cat.

Just the other day Mia asked for a dog. Again. I’m onto her, now, and am actively involved in bit of low-level spiritual warfare with my own child. May God have mercy on me.

Have you ever been surprised by answered prayer?

Be sure to check out her blog Messiah Mom and follow her on the Twitter. She’s new there so show her love.

Comments

  1. Thanks for turning me on to Kristen. Love her style….but her spirit is precious. I came by way of Michael’s post, which I found via Bill The Cycleguy’s blog. amazing what happens when one launches out into space. :)
    Thanks for sharing. selahV

  2. While there is the rare exception like Scarlet (or Battlecat from He-man), my heart swells with joy that so many of us are on the same page with the fallen feline.

    Thanks Kristin for a great post! Ju are ze best!

  3. What an awesome post! I’m adding a link to your blog on mine, and will follow you on Twitter too (I’m @ShelleyLSnyder). I really enjoyed reading your post, and think my own faith needs to be more like that of a child…

  4. Hmmm… This post has me a bit scared. haha.

    I’m a single mom and for the last year my 4 year old daughter has been praying EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for “a daddy and a brother and a sister and a puppy”. Oh, sometimes she requests prayer for it at church also. Awkward!

  5. Tony is one of my besties…I tried to follow you on Twitter, but the link above doesn’t work. Boo! Look me up…@cathylynnl
    Nice to meet you!

  6. Yep, I have a very similar story about a rabbit.
    I thank God every day that it’s just. one. rabbit.
    Thanks for sharing, Kristin!

  7. Specific, focused prayers. Praying like a child, and praising like a child. Gotta get back to the roots on how we used to pray. Loved this.
    Our prayers are constantly answered, and the more specific we get, the more we discern the answer is from God.

  8. I remember the day she came to your house….She needed love too! And God knew just where to send her!
    Now, I am going to make sure Mia prays for some pet ghekkos for you….I know how much you love those too!
    Great post Kristin….proud of you!

  9. Love this! I remember when a friend at church was praying for his new book to be released, that it would be an encouragement and blessing, and that it would just make the NYT best seller list. His child started praying that it would be number one.

    Less than a week after release – it hit number one. He talks about the same thing, how his child taught him so much about praying and about faith :) Kids are a great example to us all!

  10. I don’t mind cats, but don’t like the work that comes with them. But the surprise of having God answer a prayer for a cat is something every parent should dread. But a dog is worse, so I hear.

  11. Haha! I loved it! :)

    You’re a great writer. Interesting great. Which is a compliment. :)

  12. LOL! Great story! Oh, the irony!

    Nicely done, Kristin. We should be as children to our Father, instead of trying to vainly attain for ourselves some sort of detached adulthood.

  13. Wow, this is a great post and an even better story.

    I love your point #1 about being specific and detailed in prayer. I also resonate with your point about your faith being bogged down by rationality. I’m tired of settling for the explainable. I want to expect the unexplainable, the irrational, and the uncommon.

    Great post, thanks.

  14. Great man of faith that I am, I’ve been surprised when God answered prayers I’ve prayed. :) He’s so faithful to us and I’m so glad it’s not based on me!

    That was a fantastic story, Kristin. Amazing to see how God can move! I do wonder if the miracle cat doesn’t poop or get hairballs. If so, sign me up.

    • yeah, still with the poop and hairballs, but, I’ve never seen another cat get all happy when I come home and jump up into my lap as soon as I sit down on the couch – she’s practically a dog.

  15. One of the times this has occurred was when I lost my job and headed toward Christmas with little to no money for gifts. That’s when we received an anonymous cashier’s check for enough money to buy Christmas gifts and then some. It was our own little “Christmas Miracle.”

  16. We had a really beat up car, like 20 years old, that was about to finally die. I was ready to replace it, but then decided to give away the money. So I prayed for God to provide replacement money or a replacement car or whatever. But instead he kept the dying car alive for like another year. Ahh, bittersweet miracles :)

  17. This is so freaking awesome! I love this post. My favorite!

    Kristin, I’ve only known you from your posts, comments and your profile picture, but you are one funny cookie. Thanks for the laugh and the inspirational post. I too hate cats, I’m allergic to them and if anyone in my home tries to even pray for one, I’m going to go atheist on them (not really).

    Thanks for this great post.

    By the way, is your daughter praying for snow in New York City? Because it has been snowing like crazy out here and it doesn’t want to stop. Can you tell her to send the snow to Canada or something. Thanks!

    • I’ll see if I can give her your prayer request. She may or may not oblige.

      Thanks for your kind words, Moe, and I am with you, put the kibosh on those pet requests ASAP.

  18. Anonymous says:

    This is so good! I too am severly allergic to cats. Thankfully, my son gets this and won’t pray for one. :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    LOVE this post. Thanks for sharing. Children are some of the greatest teachers regarding faith.

  20. Mia definitely impressed me with that R.O.I.P. (return on invested prayer) … I should have Mia pray for me more often. General Patton who once gave his chaplain a medal for writing a prayer that was answered the next day would be proud, and, I’m sure, Mia would be decorated.

  21. REAL MEN & Great women don’t like cats! There it is, I said it!

  22. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

  24. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

  27. Anonymous says:

    I can’t stand cats either. I tell everyone that I am deathly allergic to them because one time I sneezed three times in a row while there was a cat in the room. :/

    Another wonderful post!

    • I had a massive reaction once because I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor, next to a closet where a cat had lived about 6 months before, and had been steam cleaned since then. My normal reaction to cats is to fear for my life, but I love this one, now, I guess…

      Thanks, Katie!

      • Anonymous says:

        Your cat from Heaven is a great testament as to how God not only gives us what we pray for, but that He gives us more than we asked for. When your daughter asked for a cat, God blessed her with a cat AND made sure that not only would you not be allergic, but that you would love it. Blessings with a cherry on top….that’s our God. :)

    • I had a massive reaction once because I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor, next to a closet where a cat had lived about 6 months before, and had been steam cleaned since then. My normal reaction to cats is to fear for my life, but I love this one, now, I guess…

      Thanks, Katie!

    • I had a massive reaction once because I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor, next to a closet where a cat had lived about 6 months before, and had been steam cleaned since then. My normal reaction to cats is to fear for my life, but I love this one, now, I guess…

      Thanks, Katie!

    • I had a massive reaction once because I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor, next to a closet where a cat had lived about 6 months before, and had been steam cleaned since then. My normal reaction to cats is to fear for my life, but I love this one, now, I guess…

      Thanks, Katie!

    • I had a massive reaction once because I was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a floor, next to a closet where a cat had lived about 6 months before, and had been steam cleaned since then. My normal reaction to cats is to fear for my life, but I love this one, now, I guess…

      Thanks, Katie!

  28. I don’t like cats or poop either. This is so good. I think we pray often, but we tend to forget the fact that God actually hears and answers our prayers.

  29. I too love the story and the lessons on prayer. If I would only learn the value in praying specifically like my kids do.

    Thanks for sharing!

  30. Thanks for both the laugh, and invaluable lessons on prayer, this morning. I find it amazing too how much we can learn (God teaching us…so simple, huh?) from our little ones.

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