Mumford was absolutely terrified when she arrived, so was Jazz and Sophie and so many more critters that we have rescued. With Buddy we were told, “You will never get him into a house.” You should have seen him the night we brought him home. We put a leash on him, opened the gate to his yard and he was so frightened he didn’t know what to do or where to go. We had to lift him into the car to bring him home. When we arrived, he and I walked around the yard so that he could get an idea of his surroundings and I let him pee anywhere he wanted to. When it was time, he refused to go into the house so I had to carry him across the threshold. He immediately dropped to his belly and wouldn’t move. The Missus showed him the bowl of water and even dipped her fingers into it and touched his lips. Sometimes it seems so long ago and sometimes like it was only yesterday. He now has his own cubby where he lays. He’s got his very own water dish and he’s made himself quite at home. He’s happy. Finally.
Buddy has come so far. Mumford is a miracle, so is Sophie and someday, Sir Butterscotch, my outside kitty, will be a miracle too. Like the others, he is slowly learning to trust and will one day allow himself to be loved.
It’s a long story and I won’t go into it now but I was once in a similar state as some of the animals we have rescued. The only thing I felt was grief, pain and fear. I’d been so badly hurt I vowed I was never going to love or trust again so I built a wall around my heart and eventually I dulled my ability to feel anything at all. Feeling nothing was better than dealing with so much pain. The Missus and I shared that in common when we met. It was festive for a while, I’ll tell you that. God brought the most stubborn and cantankerous woman into my life and He brought a stubborn, cantankerous man into hers. Then He sat back and He laughed and laughed. We had a lot to work out and the road was rough from time to time but with God’s help we both learned to trust and love again. She is the love of my life and I am the love of hers. Never say never, eh?
You may have had a bomb go off in your life. You may be standing wounded and scarred in the middle of scorched earth but you are not alone. At times things may seem hopeless and you can barely muster the will to live. Never say never because God will make a way when it seems there is no way.
The LORD is indeed going before you–he will be with you; he will not fail you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged!”
We can love Mumford, Jazz, Sophie and Buddy and the rest through their healing and restoration because we relate to what they have been through but there is one greater than we are who can relate to so much more and He will see us through.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.