Her plaintive cry echoed through the car. A five-hour drive — interminable for a cat who could not understand I was transporting her to a new home. One of my sister’s rescues, Peppernut would become my latest cat, an adopted member of our family.
“It’ll be okay, honey,” I answered her concerned meows. “You’re going to like being the only cat in the house. Life will be good.”
She could not understand. Her native language — feline.
Eventually she settled in as we traveled the remainder of the miles through the Flint Hills and into northeastern Kansas.
Finally, we arrived. Her room was ready. A fresh litter box, food and water, cat treats and some new toys. Plenty of soft places to rest and nap — the usual 16-hour sleep of cats.
She climbed out of the carrier, purred and let me rub her belly. Ready to love and be loved in her new home.
The allegory was not lost on me as so many of us face transitions.
We cannot understand God’s direction for our lives, even the possible moves he asks us to make. Our native language is self-sufficiency.
But when we approach those scary moments — when we don’t know where we’re going or what will happen to us, God whispers encouragement.
“It will be okay, my beloved. You’re going to like this change. This will be good.”
It is only later, when we arrive on the other side of the transition that we realize God was with us all along. He readied the place, providing everything we needed. Even some enjoyable moments — the toys of life.
We are ready then to love him and be loved more deeply by him than we could ever imagine.
If you are facing a change, stay in hope. Even if it seems scary. God is able to make it good.
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