For a time I regretted naming her Grace. This is one of two cat tales that lead to the adoption of our own two kitties.
Originally, we referred to her as Scruffy-Cat. She always looked a little disheveled.
At first glance the darker markings on her face made her look like a feral street cat. Her very aged and beat up collar didn’t help matters.
Grace (AKA Scruffy-Cat) was a timid cat. When she first started coming around I tried to open the door to approach her, but our door makes a terrible squeal when you turn the lock. This would send this shy cat running.
At first she’d sit at the top of the steps with her tail wrapped around herself. However, it wasn’t long before she became curious. Soon enough she was peering into our window.
I learned to gently turn the lock on the door without making that horrid sound. Nevertheless, as the door opened she’d take off anyway, but Grace kept coming back day after day.
I learned a valuable lesson about cats. Don’t ever feed a stray cat unless you’re ready for the company.
I made a friend the day I placed a tin of salmon on our steps. Any trust issues that she might have had with me suddenly vanished. It wasn’t long before she was walking right into our suite and getting into our cupboards! (I had to tape the cupboards closed.)
When I’d take my lunch outside she’d keep me company. Within no time at all she was staying over night.
One night we needed to make a ‘kiln run’ to Andrew’s parents, but Andrew didn’t want to leave Grace behind. Grace seemed game to be with us too, following us out the door and right into our vehicle.
I mentioned to Andrew that cats generally aren’t keen on car rides. (He grew up with dogs as the family pet.) I felt it was a better plan to leave her at home. Nevertheless, both Andrew and Grace wouldn’t be separated. Grace’s curiosity got the better of her and Andrew’s adoration for Grace clouded his judgement. We drove to his parents with our soon to be uneasy passenger.
When we arrived at our destination, Grace quickly exited the vehicle as Andrew opened the door. She was understandably a nervous wreck in these new surroundings. Grace went frantically about the yard. She did come to us when we called her, but then she vanished into the night. When we completed our work we searched for her before we headed home. Sadly, we had to make our way home without our little friend.
A New Name
It wasn’t long before this incident, that I decided Scruffy-Cat didn’t seem such a fair name for her anymore. Even though we meant it in an affectionate sort of way, she needed a proper name. As I was listening to the radio one evening, the word “grace” kept catching my ear. It was decided. Grace would be her name. (As I said at the beginning, I came to regret this.)
When the sun rose the next day, Andrew and I drove back to mom and dad’s to search for Grace, but we couldn’t find hide nor hair of her. Again, we had to return home dismayed.
As the radio played, every mention of the word “grace” upset me. We’d become rather fond of her company. Even more upsetting was the fact that it was our fault she was out there in unfamiliar turf. Another day passed, but still there was no sign of her.
It was in the evening, on the third day after she’d gone missing, that we received a phone call from Andrew’s dad saying, “I have Grace. Come and get her.” What a relief!
Those three days are so symbolic to me of the three days preceding Jesus’ death. I imagine that those who were following Him and loved him were very much distraught and grieved at the loss. I’m sure there were many who had their doubts about who Jesus claimed to be: the Son of God. The Jews of this time knew that this meant Jesus claimed to be God. (John 5:18; John 8:58; John 10:30-33)
What a relief and a miraculous joy it must have been when his disciples saw with their own eyes that Jesus had risen from the grave. This was living proof that those of us who accept God’s gift of grace also have this promise of eternal life. My father-in-law’s reassuring words: “I have Grace. Come and get her,” are much like our Savior’s offer of salvation to those who believe.
Jesus brought Salvation for all People
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.Titus 2:11-14
The Purrrfect Name
Not long after bringing Grace home, we discovered that she was the neighbor’s cat! (Her true name was Sundae.) We didn’t tell our neighbor about Sundae’s great adventure. (He he. 😆)
Though we were sad that she wouldn’t become a part of our life, we were also amazed once again at God’s grace. After all, we almost lost our neighbor’s cat. When Dad went out to check the electricity meter, there she was ready to be found. We, too, have hope for those who are still lost and far from God. Grace was the purrrrrfect name, after all.
Stay tuned for my second cat tale next Wednesday….