Once I read that in the early days animals who were to be offered for sacrifice may have actually clamored to be the ones chosen. To be given as a sacrifice to their Creator, the Awesome King of heaven, may have been considered a great honor. What a comforting thought. Very likely they knew whatever they encountered on earth that they would eventually reside in paradise as was intended for them in the first place.
“…in whose hands is the soul of every living thing..”
Tina R./Toledo, OH — I had Reilly from the tiniest kitten who needed naps every few minutes to my HUGE “kitty bunny” with the big thumper feet (I tell you, they literally looked like rabbit feet) that still needed naps every few minutes.
He meant so much to me and was so important to me. I took that for granted though. Reilly had health concerns that snuck up on me super fast. His life was cut way to short. He should have had so many more years to live. He’s been gone now for about 7 years and I still think about him all the time. I have other fur babies to hold and love, but for those of you who know and love each and every one of your animals, you know that it is not a replacement. I still miss Reilly, I regret that I didn’t get him help when he needed it, and I have guilt that when he took his final breath I was not right by side.
I choose to believe though that he is in heaven right now with Jesus playing with every cat toy, bell, ring, and ball that he could possible hope for. Jesus is playing with him, and caring for him until the day when I will be able to wrap my arms around him again and feel those huge feet kick up against me……like my bunny.
The Bible is somewhat silent on the subject of animal immortality and this may be because man, in his arrogance, might feel if there’s an afterlife for an animal there’s nothing he needs to do to be saved himself. I struggled with this since I was a small child and prayed through tears many times that God would let me be with my beloved pets in eternity. The first verse I was inspired by was Romans 8:22-23. “…the whole creation has been groaning . ..” I was impressed that meant not just humans but all created living beings. The more I prayed the more confidence I felt that this is true. Since then, I feel God has led me to many more verses and publications that support this hope .
Ten years ago I rescued a litter of kittens from a shed in my yard. The mom of this litter had 5 more kittens before I finally got her in and had her fixed. By then she had a respiratory infection and was very sick but she survived and became a loving and grateful pet who became one of my most favorites. I recently lost her to a mammory tumor and it was very hard to say goodbye to her. I prayed as always that God would have her with Him and I prayed for trust that she was fine and asked for a sign. Late in the evening on the day of her death, I turned my phone on to catch up my yahtzee games and there was a request there . An invitation to play from a girl whose player name was Angel.
Six years ago I lost one of my best friends, my pet Pomeranian, Skipper. The pain of seperation and loss was tremendous and, as always , I prayed he was safe in heaven. As an act of kindness, my grandkids and their mom brought me a scrawny little lilac tree and planted it in my yard in honor of my little buddy and called it “the Skipper tree”. I so appreciated this act of empathy that I didn’t tell them the spot they picked for the tree was a place where nothing that was ever planted there lived. To my surprise that little tree not only lived but flourished and every spring when it blooms I praise God and thank Him for letting me feel that my Skipper is alive and well with Him.