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M Michele's Musings

The Rescue - A Kitten Saved...

Missy, the neighborhood cat had five wild little kittens that had just started to brave the outdoors away from the confines of the safe haven that Missy found to raise them.   A 12 foot wide drain ditch runs along one edge of our property that is full to the brim with water.   Recently, my husband, Tim, was working in the yard when he noticed one of the kittens had become separated from his family.  The kitten managed to position himself between Tim and the ditch. 

Tim tried not to alarm the kitten and let him safely pass back to his mother but the kitten panicked and scurried toward the ditch, plummeting into the water.  Surprisingly, the kitten swam all the way to the other side.  Now he was stuck across the ditch without mom with the wide expanse of water before him.  He was not brave enough to swim through the water again.  So, there he sat, bedraggled and wet, meowing loudly for his mother.  

In an attempt to help the kitten, Tim caught Missy and threw her across where she landed in the water about two feet from the other side.   Missy quickly swam to the wayward kitten, where she picked him up by the scruff of his neck and gallantly tried to bring him back across the water.  A foot into the rescue Missy ran into some waterweeds and lost her hold of the kitten.  Missy swam back to our side but the kitten swam back to the opposite bank and was again stranded where he was lost in the thick overgrown brush, meowing for his mom.   Missy, on the other hand, wasn’t going back across.  She joined her other kittens and from time to time would come to the edge of the bank and listen to her kitten’s cries.    

Tim once again caught Missy and threw her across the water as far as he could and she swam the remainder of the way to the other side.  Missy then forged her way through thick brush in search of her lost kitten, both of them meowing plaintively.   We immediately knew the moment mother and baby found each other because their meows quieted to soft purrs and then all was quiet.  In the meantime, Tim had found a long board that almost reached across the expanse of the water.  We both began to call to Missy to let her know which way to come to no avail.   I prayed, Lord, if she can’t find this bridge please let her find a way to bring her kitten safely across.  Later, I was on the porch when I saw Missy was coming out of the woods with Tom (her friend and love) and her kitten in tow.  I was thankful and elated that they had made it home safely.   I then witnessed the joyful reunion of the whole family welcoming back the little lost kitten.

Several things came to my mind and heart when considering the tale of the wayward kitten.   First, the kitten’s fear of a man led him to overcome his fear of water, at least temporarily.  However, the kitten would not cross the water the second time, so the fear of water was still an issue in his little life though he had safely crossed the ditch the first time.   Sometimes fears can be overcome out of necessity, as in this case.  If Tim

had been an actual threat, then crossing the water was a good thing.  There are instances in which fear can be a good incentive but more often than not fear results in negative influences in our lives that control us to the point that we never step out in faith.   Fears can also lead us into even more desperate situations if we let them rule and reign in our lives.   In this case, the kitten’s initial fear of Tim led him to temporarily overcome his fear of water but it led him into another potentially dangerous situation.        

Missy was afraid to cross the expanse of water as well and had to be helped across.  Thrown into the situation she had to ‘swim or die.’  Once on the other side of the bank, she was willing to cross back through the water because there was a need and a determination to overcome the fear to get back to her home and her other kittens.  Missy failed in her rescue attempt the first time and she had to be pushed out of her comfort zone again.  Missy overcame her fear of water for a second time and she and her kitten made it safely home to their family that awaited them.   At some time, we all may have had seemingly larger than life fears but hopefully as we grow and mature we learn to overcome fears so that they no longer control us.   

This story is a wonderful picture of what God does for us.  We all have fears and every one of us at one time has allowed those fears to lead us into bad situations that seem impossible.  Then came the helping hand and the rescue!  God made a way where there seemed to be none.  God sent just the perfect person to help us through our dilemma just as Tim helped Missy in the rescue of her kitten.  God is our rescuer.  He often uses the willing hands of His children to help rescue us!  God’s desire is to help us overcome the fears in our lives.  There are times when God will allow us to be thrown into waters we are unsure of because He has a greater work on the other side for us to accomplish.   We, of course, have a choice whether or not we are going to swim those new waters or refuse to move in the direction He is leading us.  God’s purpose for our lives ultimately is to be a rescuer.  If we never step out in faith and overcome our fears, we will likely never realize the full potential of our lives that God has designed.

Missy overcame her fear and brought her kitten home to safety.  God wants to bring everyone home to safety.  He wants to bring us to the safety of His arms, His plans, His purposes and eventually His heaven!  Sometimes we are the kitten that lets fear lead us into bad situations and we need rescuing.  It is a wonderful thing to know that God is always there to rescue us.  He is always working in our lives to help us overcome the fears that keep us from doing His perfect will.   He is always there to pick up the pieces of a broken life, to mend our hearts and make us into what we ought to be.  

As we grow in Christ we are often called to be the ‘Tim’ that motivates others or the ‘Missy’ that rescues and brings to safety others that need a helping hand when they find themselves alone, lost and separated.   Whether you are the kitten, Tim, Missy or even a little bit of all three, know that God loves you and He is working in your life.  He has a purpose for your life.  He wants you to be a rescuer for His kingdom.  Scripture tells us, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13.   “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation..” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.  May you know His love and His purpose for your life and may you become the rescuer He has called you to be. 

  Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright November 2012 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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