I’ll never forget the day Big Mama Lump arrived on our front porch. This stray tabby was the sorriest, ugliest looking cat I had ever seen. The theory is that Big Mama Lump must have tangled with a fox or coyote and lost 8.5 lives in the process.
Big Mama Lump had patches of fur that were pulled out, a rib poking through near her front legs and several other battle scars. She must have staggered onto the front porch in the middle of the night and that is where she would stay for the next several months as she healed. My daughters immediately fell in love with this ugly beast and I had no choice but to adopt it into the family.
“Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. –Matthew 10:28-31
Now I know Jesus was talking about sparrows in those verses, but I don’t think it’s much of stretch to think that God also pays attention to cats. He must pay attention to cats, because it was an absolute miracle that this cat recovered. I never took the cat to the vet because I see no use in paying for animal health-care when I can barely afford my own. Low and behold the cat began to regain it’s strength, her wounds healed and her fur grew back. To look at her today, you would never have imagined the mess she was back then.
It wasn’t long after that, that Big Mama Lump lived up to her name sake and had two kittens on our front porch. Ollie and Mia — as they were affectionately named by my girls. Only Ollie survived and still lives on our front porch with Big Mama Lump.
One of the lessons that Big Mama Lump taught me stems back to the verses in Matthew 10:28-31. We are more valuable than the animals, yet God provides for them. He provided my front porch for Big Mama Lump when she needed a place to recover from the battles of the world. And I can’t help but imagine that He’ll provide for us a “front porch of shelter” for each of us when we need one.