I think that most–if not all!–Not-So-Crazy Cat Ladies really GET Philippians 4:6…”Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The cat lady’s work ranges far beyond constant caring and frequent emergency intervention to encompass all those other little daily concerns (like, food, water, electricuty, vet bills, and more month than there is money) that the average Joe deals with, multiplied to furry infinity. But the work never ends, because people who simply DON’T care about their pets pile up discarded cats and dogs to fend for themselves, probably thinking, “Oh, somebody will come along and pick them up.” Enter my not-so-crazy cat lady.
I believe that God honors “pure worship,” which He addresses specifically, defining worship as caring for those in need, without caring about any reward. This is where miracles come in. But God also often uses people to make the miracles, which is where the cat ladies step in. My grace-filled cat lady is a daily miracle worker, who feeds, heals, restores and loves what other people have thrown away. And, by the way, she may be gentle with the kitties, but she can be ferocious, too, under the weight of the ignorance and wilfull stupidity that she encounters every day, seeing trusting pets thrown away without a backward glance, and fighting the various atrocities committed against animals by our civilized society. It’s like a kind of war out there.
But this battle takes money, folks.
Precious cat ladies, the Lord sees what you do in secret, and miracles abound.