I recently purchased the little journal pictured here. Why? Because I have always been a cat lover. How about you? Are dogs your best friend?
Dog, cat, hamster, rabbit or horse – whatever your pet is, they can sure get inside our hearts, can’t they?
I’ll never forget the day we had to take our nearly 20 year-old Fluffy to the vet because her life was no longer livable. Arthritis had taken her ability to stand up, and we knew at that moment that her life was at its end.
We loved her. Our girls had grown up with her, and even though she had the typical snooty Persian cat personality, she had endeared herself to all of us.
We kissed her. We cried. We said our goodbyes, and then we buried her in our back yard on the hill. We missed her much in the days to follow, but we had to remind ourselves that she had been treated well, and lived the best kind of life for a cat! Trust me!
I’ve recently seen and heard so many comments about pets that die, that I just had to write a post about dealing with the death of a pet. I can do it because:
- I’m a cat LOVER
- I’ve had a pet that I loved die – (Several)
I know what it’s like to hurt and cry over their death.
Better than either one of the two reasons above, I also know who Created my pets. He is also my Creator and yours. It’s the God of this universe. He made the animals on Day 6 and we read that in Genesis 1:25
And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
In Genesis 2:7 we read:
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
You could also read Matthew 16:26 or Mark 8:36.
God gave man something that He did not give the animals – a living soul – a soul that would live forever. Nowhere in the Bible do you read that animals live forever. When an animal dies, its life is over. It isn’t reincarnated as a new pet. Its spirit doesn’t come back to be with you. We have no further contact with a dead animal.
What do we have, then?
- We do have the memories, thanks to a God who allows us to remember!
- We do have the knowledge that we cared for them and treated them with the best love and care.
- We do have a God who cares for the animals.
- Consider Matthew 6:26 – Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Who, but a loving God would provide for the animals of the wild? He made them, He cares for them, and He feeds them!
- We do have a God who cares even more for us!
- Matt. 6:26b – Are ye not much better than they? Christ came to die for people because He loves us even more than the animals.
- God cares when your heart is sorrowful. Take your grief to Him in prayer and allow Him to comfort you. I say this lovingly – there’s no use to pray to your animal or talk to them. We never read in Scripture that they can send us messages or come back as another animal. They’re gone, but God loves you and is there to hear your prayer. I Peter 5:7
God loves you so much, in fact, that He sent Christ to die for you! He gave man dominion over the animals, and He says that we are even better than them. We have more value because we have an eternal soul that will live forever somewhere, and Christ died so that you and I could have a relationship with Him and live in heaven with Him forever.
The Truth of God’s Word is refreshing, isn’t it? It reminds me that pets were God’s creation and idea! How kind!
It also reminds me that God cares when I hurt, but He will comfort. How loving!
I also learn that He sacrificed His Son for me! How gracious!
Let’s keep our focus on eternal things and make people more important than pets, and when our hearts are missing them, let’s remind ourselves of these truths that will comfort us.
Then be looking for another pet to come into your home and give it the cozy spot on your bed, just like your other kitty had…you’ll end up loving him, too. Just give yourself a little time.
Thankful for Truth,