I love pets. They love you no matter what. I grew up with Siamese cats. Buffy was my first. We lived in a terrible area on the south side of Chicago right over an abandoned hot water basement in an apartment complex that rats would get into and somehow crawl up in our unit. My mother bought rat traps for awhile and sure enough every night one would get caught in the trap. She would do the “honors” of removing it.
Well, we got tired of going through traps, so she decided to buy a cat. I had never had a pet so I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it but I was game.
When my mother first brought Buffy home, she was a little thing resembling a rat herself! But, she was the cutest thing I ever saw and she quickly won my heart. She didn’t come near me for quite some time, she would hide under our couch. Everyday, I would try to coax her to come out but she stayed there. I didn’t give up though and one day she came out and let me pet her.
Slowly but surely, I was allowed to pick her up and stroke her. It was very slow going and she reminded me so much of myself. I never made friends quickly. And being transparent, I didn’t want anyone to get too close to me. In the back of my mind, I didn’t trust people. I had been betrayed so much that I figured maybe I was meant to go it alone.
How I learned how much Buffy loved me was when I’d got sick or when I was sad. She wouldn’t leave my bed side until I felt better. I loved her so much and not because she chased all the rats away…no, I loved her because she was my best friend. When she passed away, my heart broke and I thought I would never be okay again.
But, no matter who our friends are on earth: family, pets, spouse, etc., the best friend we could ever have is Jesus. He has made so many promises to us like:
- He will never to leave or forsake us ~ Hebrews 13:5
- He provides for all of our needs ~ Philippians 4:19
- He’s preparing a place for us to live with Him forever ~ John 14:3
- He said He wouldn’t allow more on us than we can bear providing a means of escape ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13
He’s our very best friend, because He understands us in and out. He doesn’t wrongfully judge us, instead He chastises us to help us get back on the right road. He never condemns us and He loves us no matter what.