Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Moses in the Word

Now that the nights are cooler, our cat Moses has been wanting to spend the night in the house. When the weather is nice, he won't come in the house for the night. but if it is cold or wet, he wants in. We call him our foul weather friend.

We never intended to have a cat, but sometimes things happen that you just aren't planning for. My daughter Cynda helped me write this story of how Moses became our cat.

Meow, Meow, Meoooooooow, "Do you hear that"my wife asked. Yes, it sounds like a cat.Meow, Meooooow, Meooooooooow. Richard, you better go check it out. It sounds like it is in trouble.

We walked down the hill to the creek behind our house. The pitiful cries grew louder and louder. They were coming from a small gray kitten. He was caught in a tangle of roots on the creek bank. The kitten was on the far side of the creek. This meant that I had to walk down the creek to a place narrow enough to cross. I found a place where I could wade across the creek, then I fought my way through a mass of bushes and briars. When I finally reached the drenched kitten, he frantically held on to the roots. I had to pull with all of my strength to get him out.

I was afraid that the kitten would fight like a little tiger because of how fiercely he had struggled; however when I held him close, he melted into my chest. Almost immediately I heard a soft, gentle purring. Hello, Moses I said, Your name will have to be Moses because I drew you out of the water.

What were we going to do with a kitten? Our family had never owned a cat. We had always been dog people. Our dogs have always been pampered pets. Some people have even said that our dogs are the masters of the house. Now we had a tiny helpless kitten. What was to be done with it? I guess it was ours.

We carried Moses to our back porch. My wife Regina brought towels and an old pet taxi. We dried him off and made him a soft bed in the pet taxi. I put Moses down and he immediately climbed up my leg and perched on my shoulder.


Our back porch became Moses home. He was firmly attached to it. The world beyond the back porch was a strange and scary place that he would not venture into. He would not leave the back porch. If I carried him into the front yard, he would begin desperately clawing, fighting, and basically freaking out. He wanted down so that he could get back to the safety of the back porch.

As I remember how Moses came into our lives, it reminds me of how my relationship with God developed. I remember being in the creek. In Psalms 69:1-3 David wrote about his experience in the creek. "Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry."

When Moses cried out someone came to rescue him. God has made a promise to us. "Call to Me, and I will answer you".(Jeremiah 33:3) When God answers our call he will bring us to a place of safety.

Moses found a place of peace and safety on the back porch. He knew that as long as he was on the back porch nothing bad was going to happen to him. God has provided a place of peace and safety for us. "Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble." (Psalms 119:165) We need to look at God's law the way that Moses looked at the back porch. He realized that it was his place of peace and safety and he wanted to be there. Anyplace else made him very uncomfortable.

Many times we look at God's law as a jail. We feel that it creates uncomfortable restrictions. We need to ask God to give us a love for his commandments, to instill in us a desire for the peace and safety of His law. No one forced Moses to stay on our back porch; he stayed because he loved the feeling of security. That is how we should view God's law.

"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)

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  1. Hi Richie,
    What an appropriate name considering how you found him. Let's hope he never goes wandering off into the wilderness for 40 years, he he :-)

    P.S. I will copy your Flat Tony pics & commentary to my blog eventually, hope you don't think I have forgotten. I have such a backlog of emails that I am working through in order of receiving the emails, 1 left to go before yours. Yours should be posted on my Blog Monday hopefully. I didn't expect such a big response as what I got.

  2. I just LOVE the cat photos, they are GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I very much enjoyed your story of how Moses came into your life. I am definitely a "cat person" (although I've owned and am very fond of dogs, also) and currently share my home with three cats. Your Moses looks much like my cat Squeak, so named because that's the only sound he made until he was about 6 or 7 years old. He finally learned to "meow."

    You drew a nice analogy between the safety of the back porch and the safety in God's word.

  4. What a sweet story and am appropriate name considering how you found him. Although I am thinking I really like that name for a pet regardless. Don't be surprised if in the next few years I don't have a Moses of my own.

    BTW...the picture with your reading glasses is the cutest picture ever.

  5. Thanks for the visit (to my blog) earlier this week and for the timely post about your Moses. All too often we forget how much we've been saved from. Thanks again.

  6. I'm here from the last week's Sunrise Sunset Mr. Linky and comments left over there on that meme...but I had to stop and comment on what a sweet, sweet kitty Moses is.


    Now, I'll go check your sunrise/sunset photo from last week.

    My sunrise photo for THIS week has been posted if you'd like to stop by.

  7. This is my favorite post of the week : )! I love Moses and I love his story! I love how God gives us little blessings we aren't expecting, or even wanting!

  8. A perfect name for a beautiful cat who was very blessed to be rescued by you! A good lesson in faith, too and God as our refuge.