As I look about me for evidence of Christ playing in ten thousand places, today it came in the form of a Skype call and our cats….
My little niece who was adopted from China 5 years ago is struggling with what many abandoned children struggle with – a gap in their story. She has no history prior to being adopted at 10 months (save a few little snippets from the orphanage), and her amazing parents are struggling alongside her with what to say. As her mom put it, “when she comes to me to ask these hard, hard questions, I can only give her empty hands…but I can also offer open arms.” It is a time of confusion and frustration for everyone involved. (And my little niece is only 6!)
However, today she called us via Skype to wish my daughter a happy birthday. As they were talking, she and her sisters noticed our cats running around in the background. One of her sisters asked, “Which one is the daddy?” I had to explain to her that the cats were brothers and that we had adopted them into our family after someone else had taken care of them for a little while.
A few moments later our little niece whispered something in her mom’s ear. Later I came to find out that she had told her mom that she thought maybe the cats understood her and what she is going through. After all they were adopted from an orphanage…just like her!
(I love how the Lord sends us tender mercies in whatever form He wishes…even cats.)