by Rick Fulton
This happened in early June of 2005. It happened to me, Rick Fulton, Glades Christian Church, Berea KY.
Two friends and I were standing in the church parking lot one day during the first week of June talking.
A cat came walking across the parking lot. It was one of those short-haired grays that look like velvet. Anyway...it walked right up in front of me and looked up at me and meowed.
I was not amused because I don't like cats. AT ALL. I walked 4 or 5 steps away and continued my conversation with my friends. The cat walked over to me again, stood in front of me, looked up at my face and meowed.
We moved around the parking lot 5 or 6 times. Every time this cat followed me and went through the same scenario: Stood in front of me, looked up at my face and meowed.
I thought this was so interesting that I finally reached down and picked the cat up and said, "Well, okay buddy. I guess you've adopted me." I put the cat on the front seat of the church van and drove around for a couple of hours running errands.
Then I went home. I gave the cat some food, water and a collar and we were soon were fast friends. In fact, I thought the cat acted more like a dog; it responded to it's name, loved being petted and would come running when I called it.
I grew pretty fond of it. I was used to having dogs in the house, but would never allow a cat inside, so the cat stayed outside. This went on for a couple of months.
Then my family and I went on vacation. When we returned, I could not find the cat. I searched and searched and couldn't find Him. I waited a day or so and then went knocking on doors in my neighborhood. No one had seen my cat.
I had grown pretty fond of this cat and missed the thing. On Sunday afternoon, September 4th, a neighbor came over and said, "I have to tell you the truth, the cat was taken in by a neighbor down the street."
I wasn't too happy to hear that and asked the man where the cat was now. He said that the cat peed all over the neighbors' house and they gave the cat to him.
"Great," I said, "Can I have my cat back?" The man replied, "I'm really sorry to tell you this but my son has severe Asthma and he reacted terribly to the cat. So I gave it to a friend of from Tazewell, TN."
I said, "Didn't you think it belonged to someone? It had a red collar and a bell on it." He said that he went door to door one afternoon looking for the owner, but nobody was home at our house that day. He then went on to tell me this: "The people I gave the cat to have a 4 year old daughter with cystic fibrosis. She loves the cat."
I said, "Well, if she has become attached to the cat, then she can keep it. If not, I would like to have it back."
Fast forward to six days later, September 10th. The neighbor comes to my door, again, with the rest of the story.
The family who had the cat moved to North Carolina. A few days later the little 4 year girl died. The day she died the cat came into her room and jumped up on her bed. The little girl cried when she saw the cat. She died holding the cat.
Later that day the cat ran off into the woods and disappeared. It has not been seen since. I was stunned. I said to the man, "Please tell the family that I am sorry for their loss. I hope the cat was able to bring some joy to the little girl in her last days.
By the way, the cat's name was Star." (I named it after a motorcycle I had just bought-a Yamaha V-Star 1100.)
The man looked at me and said we didn't know what to call it so we called it Star Bright.
Now...everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but I think that was a gift from God to that little girl and we will never know why it had to take the strange route that it took in order to get to her but I assure you I will never forget the only cat I ever loved.
I like to think Star was a ministering angel. The kind a 4-year-old girl would understand and want to be close to.
I guess the lesson I take from this is....you never know what part you may play in God's love for someone else.
Not a wandering star but a wondering star, a great short hair gray cat.
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