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into each life some Rain must fall

Posted on 20 June 2012

rain-kittenOne of life’s greatest miracles is when a curse turns into a blessing, when failure leads to triumph, and when we realize that the rain falling on our heads provides the precious life force to push us up to grow.

It all started on a very rainy and surprisingly cold June morning. While driving to work I saw through the windshield wipers something shivering off to the side of the road. It lifted its little white-and-gray head off the white line and looked feebly at me.

I can handle most of life’s tragedies without batting an eye. But when I see an animal in distress my heart rate rips into overdrive and I start to hyperventilate. I quickly turned the car around to see if I had seen what I thought I saw. After confirming a little kitten was indeed lying injured in the road, I made one last U-turn to evaluate where to stop the car, and quickly punched on the hazards.

The rain was really coming down so I said a quick prayer for safety, and a quick thanks for my procrastination in dropping off a winter coat, which had been in my trunk for months, to a shelter and ran to scoop up the injured animal. All I could see was that it looked like a shivering drenched rat and that its back legs had been hit, bitten, run over, or all of the above.

I drove to the nearest animal hospital with the bundle in my arms, praying that it would remain alive. The vet immediately admitted the little kitten and went to work. Later that day I found out it was a girl, between five and six weeks old, brought her home, and called her Rain.

Our first week started off rough; there were plenty of hisses and growls that first night. She was in pain and scared. One week later she is warm, healing and playful. She purrs incessantly and even gives me tiny kisses. She gets her paws all tangled up in my hair while she gazes up at me.

I think Rain will never regain full use of her one leg. But she is able to play, use the litter box, and get around to some extent. One of my Facebook friends said that it was good she didn’t have full use of her legs because otherwise she would have run away and probably died at a young age trying to survive the hazards of living outside.

Whenever I think of someone or some animal that is crippled I think of the story of Mephibosheth in the book of 2 Samuel. Injured as a child, his shameful disability later brought him into the care of King David where he found favor and love.

Rain has become a part of my royal family. What are we holding on to as a perceived or manifested “disability” that makes us feel less than worthy of living as royalty? Love is the greatest force in the universe and if we acknowledge our worthiness and willingly accept it, the rain that comes our way can cleanse us from our painful and dirty past.


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  • Linda Druce: February 20, 2016

    Thanks Tracey

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    And you are always such an encouragement to me, Blue and Ruby. And now…Rain!!

  • Linda Druce: February 20, 2016

    Your compassion is so admirable you are truely tremendous

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    It sure is. Really remarkable the unconditional love they display and how they can heal us through things no person could.

  • Linda Druce: February 20, 2016

    It’s funny how much animals teach us and help us through life isn’t it

  • traceyjones: February 20, 2016

    Thank you Mark! I always looked at people who rescued animal from the side of a road or highway as kind of super heroes. Now I have my cape:-) I first heard the story about Mephibosheth from a friend when I recounted the story of my father’s less than perfect upbringing to him and how it impacted my father’s life. My friend responded that although we can have many bad people hurt us when we are young, we are still loved by the King and perfect in His eyes. We are crippled in our perception of ourselves only:-) This little kitty brought that whole lesson home to me again!

  • Mark Armstrong: February 20, 2016

    Lovely story— talk about an exciting rescue! I especially liked the part where you dodged across five lanes of busy traffic, leaped across a 10-foot manhole, and, and… well, I may have confused a few details, but it was pretty exciting, that’s for sure… : )

    I wasn’t familiar with the story of Mephibosheth. Excellent, as was your call to let go of any perceived disability, and see ourselves worthy of living fully and being loved.

    Great post, Tracey— you are a force for good in the universe!

  • Linda Druce: February 20, 2016

    I really miss having animals around to remind me how good life is

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