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Lessons from motherless kittens


Isaiah 49:15-16 “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”

God never forgets His children. It is such a comfort to know that our all-sufficient God knows our name, sees us wherever we are, and has the desire and power to meet all our needs. He delights to comfort, protect, and provide for those who are His. We never need to feel afraid.

Curled up in my rocking chair this morning I reflected on El Shaddai, the name of God that means “the all-sufficient One.” My thoughts were interrupted as the morning silence broke with the piercing cries of our new kittens. These tiny little babies had awakened from their sleep and were crying for some food and attention. Through a sad accident their mother had been killed in a fight, and being a little too young to survive on their own we took them in and were feeding them goat’s milk with a syringe.

Their woeful crying continued until my heart took pity on them. Leaving my comfortable seat I approached the kitchen and made their formula. Cuddling each little ball of fur in my hands I fed them until they quieted down, and I watched them snuggle back into their towel and relax.

Returning to my quiet spot my thoughts of God as our El Shaddai, the all-sufficient One, struck me more clearly. The natural bond of a mother and her baby is so strong, but sometimes the mother cannot be there. For one reason or another, a woman may forget about her tiny child, but God says that He will never forget those who belong to Him. His thoughts of His children are more than the sand on the ocean floor. No accident can keep Him away. No change of heart will turn Him from His own. He has inscribed our names on the palms of His hands and our walls are continually before Him.

Though our needs are even greater than those little kittens crying out for their mother’s milk, we don’t need to worry. The all-sufficient One can provide even in impossible situations. He understands our physical limitations, our emotional weaknesses, and our spiritual deficiencies. He strengthens us when we are weak, He provides for our daily needs, and He administers discipline to help us grow spiritually. He hears our every cry and delights to come to our aid.

Mama Cat is not coming back. These little kitties will have to rely on us to care for them. I hope we do a good job. But I am thankful that we don’t have to worry about our own needs. El Shaddai, the all-sufficient One, is our powerful and loving provider. – Love Mama