Many years ago we were given a young cat named Davie. He was fluffy and light as a feather. Before he came to us, he had been an indoor/outdoor cat. I am sure he was a little disoriented with a new owner, who kept him inside; so he hid under our futon for a few weeks.
Little by little he would spend more time out from under the futon, becoming friendlier every day. And then I was gifted! He chose me as his human, and stuck to me like glue. Everywhere I was, there was Davie. He could be asleep on the couch next to me and if I moved, he woke up and followed me. Such devotion.
As the years went by, one day I noticed that he was sitting a lot and seemed to have trouble walking, dragging his back leg. Not deterred, he still followed me everywhere. We took him to the vet and were told that he had very high blood sugar. But after several visits, Davie was regulated on the right dose of insulin for his diabetes. It took about two months before his legs totally recovered.
Not long after this recovery, I noticed he was getting a cataract. After researching this, we finally realized we had to accept there was nothing we could do to remedy his situation. Davie seemed unfazed by his failing eyesight. Soon, however, a cataract began to cloud his other eye, but even with this very limited vision, he would follow me wherever I went.
With both eyes now clouded over for the most part, and the view of his world little more than shadows and faint light, it is very curious to us how he still walks around and continues to find his way up and down the basement steps, and that he knows where his water, food bowl, and cat box are—as if his sight was not affected at all.
Ever faithful, always by my side, no matter what his limitations appear to be, Davie is just a wonder of love, that’s all. I keep wondering how he can do this. I can only reason he knows my voice, he remembers the floor plan in our small house, and he depends now more on his hearing than his eyesight.
If Davie can do all these things with such serious limitations, how much closer—hour by hour and day by day—should we follow our Saviour regardless of our challenges in this corrupt world? We must always remember that Jesus will be by our side no matter what. He never fails us.
Through Davie’s unfailing devotion, he has taught me to be continually faithful to Jesus, to follow Him as He leads me. And in following Him, I am stepping away from the continual temptations and frightful evils so prevalent in this world, and moving ever closer to my heavenly home.
The words from this old hymn are brought to my mind, “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim (like Davie’s eyesight), in the light of His glory and grace.”
We can be assured that if we remain faithful, with our focus firmly fixed on Jesus, we will not fail.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Saviour, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” Jude 24, 25