God’s plan

I had stopped off at a local shop to pick up some wire fencing and ended up with three kittens. It was just before mothers day and I was in a rush to get these materials to finish up a job. One of the guys that was prepping the materials heard a noise and couldn’t find it, so he began a search. Inside a huge lawnmower box was three little kittens all cuddled up together obviously missing there mother. The man was going to have the animal shelter come and retrieve them but for some reason I jumped in and said,” I’ll take them.” I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, all I knew was that God gave me a soft spot in my heart for animals and that it would be ok. These kittens were so tiny, the size of a pill bottle, but looked much bigger with all the fluffy fur. I had asked the worker if they carried any milk bottles and he told me they were waiting on a shipment and it would be in a couple of days. When I picked the kittens up they were really cold, so I tucked them in my arm and drove to another shop that ended up not having any bottles either. The situation was getting harder and all I wanted to do was feed these hungry little guys. I remembered that I could use a syringe to feed them and was able to give them a little food, holding them off till the next day when they had their vet appointment. One of the kittens look really bad, had a cough, and didn’t want to eat which had me worried. My wife and I were at the vet the following day and the doctor was looking them over. When she got around to the sickest one she told us that this kitten wasn’t going to make it and needed to be put down. I was so devastated and was starting to tear up upon hearing that news, but was trying to hold it together. My wife looked at me and could see the pain in my eyes, the nurse and doctor were totally quiet, watching a 300 pound man sobbing over these kittens he only had for a day. I had prayed for these kittens the night before and that morning for God to help these babies and had high hopes that all would pull through. They put the kitten to sleep, gave medication to the others and made an appointment a couple of days later for the other two. We fed them, kept them warm and prayed, with everyone watching out for them until the next visit. One of them looked the same as the first and we knew that the results would be the same so we prepared ourselves for the bad news. Our predictions were correct and the second was put to sleep, this wasn’t as difficult as the first but it still hurt. The doctor did however have great news for the last one coming out with a clean bill of health, so we named her Grace. The veterinarian hospital didn’t charge us anything for any of the appointments or medications, Praise God. Now we have a perfectly healthy cat that is full grown and ornery, a perfect fit for our family, Amen. Sometimes we don’t always understand why God does this the way that He does, but we have to trust that He has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11,” For I know the plans I have for you,”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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