The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Our cat, Jordan, is 18-years old. In human years, that equates to age 88. Wow! Except for a tell-tale wobble in her hind legs and a slower, more measured gait, you would never guess her age just by observing her.
Unless, of course, you count how many hours Jordan sleeps out of the 24 in a day. Our estimate is she snoozes for about 20 of those hours. Here, she is so relaxed and content laying on the deck, even the clothes brushing her fur as I hang them to dry don't disturb her.
Jordan and I have a daily routine. When I first get up in the morning, she is ready to eat. I give her half of a can of cat food at a time.
Once she's had her fill, she heads for the door, meowing to be let out. Of course, I obey her wishes.
If she is feeling up to it, Jordan will leave the deck for a stroll in the yard. That is happening less and less . . .
Most of the time, it's a nap, then back at the door to be let in to eat more of her food.
Or, to lap up some milk.
Yes, I admit it. We spoil her rotten, especially since last year when she became so ill, and her weight dropped to a frightening seven pounds from her normal ten. We try everything we can think of to fatten her up, even giving her treats like sliced chicken and turkey.
Her snack eaten, Jordan heads back to the door again, wanting out. Unless, of course, it's raining. When it is, she gives me on of those looks as if to say, "This is all YOUR fault!"
Then, she slinks away, still sulking, to the bedroom.
But, on most days, it's in and out, coming and going. A lot! Just yesterday, I count 24 times she's exited or entered the house! Sure gets me away from my computer.
Truly, I don't mind. Not in the least. Because I know the day is coming when I will open the door for Jordan one last time . . .
So, I watch over her with love and treasure her comings and goings. And, it is such a comfort to me to know that the One whose eye is on the sparrow is watching our beloved Jordan, too.
Do you have a favorite story about a pet? Please share!
Will you join me in prayer?
We are thankful, Father, for the pets in our lives who give us such joy and affection. May we always take loving care of them while they are with us. Please watch over their comings and goings and ours, now and forevermore. Amen.