My Saturday morning was ruined. Well, almost anyway. It was around 9 a.m. that I went to retrieve something from my car and found a dead cat lying on our porch. The cat was one of two strays that took up residence on our property, and my daughters got to know them over the span of a few months. This includes my three-year-old. She really has a heart for animals, and she sometimes opens the front door to see if a cat is on the porch. Thankfully, she had not done so that morning. Believe me when I say that whatever the cat died of was not pleasant. Regardless, I took my wife aside, told her what happened and snuck out to find a shovel and a nice resting place.
This was the first time I’ve had to bury an animal. I wasn’t even sure how deep to dig a hole, but I got through it. The point of this is to say that life is not always pretty. There is, as the Bible says, a time for everything. This includes a time to die, mourn and lose (Ecclesiastes 3:2,4,6). Our pets or animals are no exceptions.
In his book Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather’s Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most, former presidential candidate and Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) talks about the significance of having pets.
“Pets are an important part of a child’s growing up, teaching them responsibility and companionship, but chances are you are going to outlive your pets,” Huckabee told American Family Radio’s Today’s Issues program. “One of the hardest lessons in life is to deal with the realities of death.”
Huckabee went on to say that one way he thinks God prepares us for the end is through the death of the animals that are around us. Governor Huckabee may be on to something because we’ve already established there is a season for everything in life. I had never buried an animal prior to that Saturday morning. My girls have never had an animal pass away, and now that it’s gone, I’ve written a blog about it for One Million Dads. Maybe this is God’s way of reminding us about the end and how, as painful as it may be, we have the potential for life after death. We have Jesus, and those who put their faith and trust in Him as Lord and Savior will never again taste death.