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As we turned off the mountain road onto a small graveled road, there they were; five of the tiniest kittens: two black, two black and white, and a beautiful silver one. We inquired at the homes of two families nearby and learned that they had been dropped off a few days prior and had stayed put in the same place (as if waiting for help). With the mountains full of wild animals, it was a wonder that they were safe from harm.

So there they remained, small and helpless, sitting in the center of the roadway waiting for their people to come back, take them home, and feed their little tummies. But, help had not come. Yet, there was someone who cared. Jesus tells us, “Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God?” (Luke 12:6 NAS).

Slowly, five little bundles of fur slowly crept toward us with their wide eyes full of hope and their pleading meows tugging at out hearts. As we stooped to pick them up, they scattered up the bank and down into the ditch in all directions. Slowly we calmed each one and scooped it up placing it in a cardboard box in the back of the SUV then headed home.

Abandon Unwanted Pets

This is not the first time we have had to rescue God’s little creatures. The mountains are a favorite place for people to abandon their unwanted pets. Busy with life and responsibility, we sometimes forget that God cares about even the smallest of His creations and will hold us accountable for our actions toward them. He often exposes us to circumstances where we can be used to meet needs, and where the true character of our heart can be revealed. Our introduction to these little kittens seemed to fit this scenario.

Scripture states that, “God made the wild animals according to their kind…” (Genesis 1:25, NIV). It is interesting to note that this occurred on the sixth day just prior to the creation of man. Also, along with Noah and his family, God led pairs of animals into the ark for safekeeping, and many will live around us in the new earth.

Isaiah 11:6 reads, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and yearling together; and a little child will lead them.”(NIV)

All creatures are important to our Lord, and; therefore, they should be important to us. A heart that embraces our Lord will respond with love in all situations.

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