7 “Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7
Last Sunday night at church I shared a testimony involving our cat Milo. The gist was that Milo had obviously consumed something in our house that was making him sick. After three days of vomiting, not eating or drinking we took him into the Veterinarian. An x-ray revealed something was ‘blocking’ Milo’s digestive tact. The option of surgery was presented before us. A very difficult conversation ensued between Trish and myself regarding the costs and likelihood of the surgery fixing the problem. Our decision was that we could not financially do the surgery. The other hurdle is that I could not bring Milo home only to potentially watch him die. I began to break down when talking to the Vet about Milo and the reality that this may be his last night with us. The clinic agreed to keep him overnight, put him on an IV with some pain medication to see if he would make the night.
As I went home, I began to think about how I was going to break the news to our children. I was already emotional to begin with. The news of Milo’s potential outcome was very troublesome for our entire household. We were all upset. But we were also all left with a feeling that this cannot be the end. You see, Milo was rescued by our family as a kitten. He was abandoned and left outside in a box along a local walking trail. It just so ‘happened’ that on a Sunday afternoon my family found this poor little guy. That was approximately 4 months ago. I say that to explain why we began to feel that this could not be the end of the line for Milo. It just did not sit or feel right at all. So we prayed.
On that very evening that I left Milo with the clinic I was driving home from my son’s hockey practice. While driving home I had a conversation with God that looked this this: “Lord, I realize that I do not have a chapter and verse example of someone bringing an animal to You in order for You to heal them … in fact I do not of any Biblical example at all for what I am about to ask … But I know that You made the animals from the dust of the ground and You gave them the breath of life. I know that You are a merciful, caring and compassionate God. You have healed my body and loved ones in the past, and I am asking You Lord Jesus to touch Milo’s body and make him well.”
The next morning I called the clinic to be told that Milo had eaten his food without vomiting and was up walking around and receiving cuddles from the workers. That afternoon I went in to bring him home. While at home with Milo his digestive system kicked into overdrive. He was eating, drinking, and … well let’s say I needed to clean his litter box! The clinic was shocked, our children were overjoyed and I was thankful to God. A week later, Milo is back to his wacky self. He is back with his family.
I share this testimony to encourage you to have faith in the God of the Cosmos. He loves and cares very much for His creation. His Name is Yahweh. He is the Great I AM. You and I can approach Him by having faith and believing in His Son Jesus Christ. He is able to be sought and delights in being found. His divine presence, action and ability is here to break through potential blockages that stand in our way. I will never fully understand His ways, but I do know that He opens doors. He is the God of mystery, marvel and miracles. He is a good God. He is wonderful and I will praise and thank Him.