Years ago while living alone in NYC, I was invited to dinner at a new friend's house. She had a wonderful husband, three lovely children, one small dog, and three cats, all living under a small roof. While I, on the other hand, had no one; no husband, no children, no pets... absolutely no one to love and no one that loved me. Was I jealous? Of course! But I knew my time would come one day. Little did I know that it would start on that day.
While she finished dinner, I made myself comfortable playing with her kids, and watching her pets. Immediately, an adorable white kitten with sorrowful, green eyes walked up to me. I thought she was very unique. I mentioned how lovely she was as she crawled up on my lap, wanting her fur stroked. My friend said, "Isn't she pretty? Sad thing is, I found her in a box just outside my door. Apparently, someone terrorized her by pouring pink paint all over her. I bathed her and cut away the paint. You should have seen her then, she was so frightened." As I listened, I was shocked at such cruelty.
"She's taken a liking to you," my friend said, "you know I'm looking for a home for her." "As you can see, I have plenty to take care of; do you want her?"
I never really had a pet growing up, so I didn't know much about them, especially cats. I paused, "What's her name?" "Snowball" she said. After much thought, I told her I would take her, but that I would shorten her name to Snow. "It suits her" my friend smiled. I took her home with me that very night.
When I got home, I was unsure if I had made the right decision. Snow looked around, walking through the entire apartment, finally making herself at home, on a corner of the leather couch. She reminded me more of a dog; waiting everyday by the door. It took me a few months to get used to her. I'd find her white hair everywhere! Especially on my black clothes. She clawed at every furniture piece I had. She'd climb up on the table, dressers, kitchen cabinets and take her long naps there. Sometimes she'd even watch me sleep. It was a little creepy. Until that one day, that changed everything.
I remember coming home after a hard day at work. All the stress of everything going wrong in my life had piled up on my heart and weighed me down. Closing the door behind me, I fell to my knees and sobbed. I prayed to God for strength, for a companion, and forgiveness for all that I had done wrong in life. I asked Him to wash my sins away, quoting His word, '... though my sins are as scarlet, let them be white as snow; though they are like crimson, let them be like wool.' Isaiah 1:18
As I repeated the words, Snow leaned up on me, and caressed me while I was still on the floor. My prayer was interrupted by this tiny piece of God's love. I looked up at Snow with tears in my eyes and smiled. I realized then, that she was no coincidence. Her torture had been my torture. Her sorrow had been my sorrow. Snow was the loving gift God gave me, just to remind me that I was in His thoughts, that He had already washed my sins away and made them white as snow.
What has God given you to remind you that you're in His thoughts?