We brought a pet home last weekend. She is a Norwegian Forest Cat with many shades of brown. We haven’t had a pet since 2004 when our cat died from what we think was Hopejust old age. I loved that cat, her name was Tiptoes and we called her Tippy. She was about fourteen years. She moved with me to each state I lived in.

Our cat’s name is Hope.  We’re calling her this because we believe she was left behind by an owner who lost her home. She is very calm and very beautiful and showed her good manners on her first night in our home… if you know what I mean… she could have done it anywhere but there, seeing it was a new home. We can tell she received a lot of lovin’. People of all ages will agree that pets are a lot of fun and very therapeutic. They become faithful companions who love us unconditionally.

Growing up in the culture I did, we would never dream of allowing an animal indoors, not to mention let it lie on your bed or sit on your sofa! So yes, you are right! We have rules for Hope. She can roam anywhere but in the bedrooms or on the kitchen counter.  I am always amazed how some people allow their pets to be the boss, taking complete control, even to the point of sharing their dinner plate, uugghh! Oh well, I guess we can say “each to their own”.

Animals are mentioned often in the Bible. In Eden, God showed his heart for animals. How wonderful Adam must have felt when he was given the wonderful privilege of naming each one: Genesis 2:19. After sin entered the world we also read how God provided for his creatures through Noah and the ark. There is also mention of a man named Balaam who was rebuked by an angel for beating his donkey: Numbers 22:21-34. The prophet Isaiah in chapter 11:6-9 gives us a picture of the earth made new; the animals who are now predators will be tame; the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard with the kid, the calf with the young lion. We will no longer be afraid of the animals who once terrified us here on earth, for “a little child shall lead them” and “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain”. No fear of  wild animals ever again, because we will be with the best TYPE of all, “the LAMB of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” John 1:29 and 36.

We can enjoy animals now, and we will enjoy them then!

And then here is a promise to really look forward to in the new earth: Isaiah 40:11 “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young”.

Are you praying to be among that flock?