the classified ad and my feeble attempts – help God!

Taking up the suggestion from some others from my company, I gave in and sat down to write a classified ad for the classifieds that a church in Chiang Mai puts out each week. In the classified I wrote,

“Bowie, a 3 year old female cat, needs a good home for 10 months while her owner is back in Canada. She’s up-to-date with her shots and is spayed. She’s a sweet cat, a good ratter and a great companion. She would fit best in a house with no other pets and no small children. Bowie needs a home from the end of May 2009 until the end of March 2010. Please contact Beth at …” and then my contact info.

Okay. So it was my first classified ever. It might not be the best but I thought it would do.

If you’re wondering why I didn’t mention David, it’s because he’s with Dr. Jacky (see post from last week… notice the added notes at the bottom of it…). And quite frankly, I don’t know what to do with David. Dr. Jacky has David for 3 weeks. I’m praying that Dr. Jacky will love David so much that he’ll want to take David until I get back at the end of March next year. Please Dr. Jacky?!

Anyhow, so I wrote the classified ad for Bowie because I have no idea what I’m going to do with her. The e-mail from that church in Chiang Mai went out last night and I scrolled down the e-mail to the pet section to see my ad. Except I didn’t see my ad. I don’t know what happened.

A few months ago, my friend e-mailed me the following poem:

The Rosebud

It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
Then in my hands they die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I’ll trust in Him for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
-author unkown

My efforts to find homes for the cats have been ineffective. My feeble attempts to “unfold” other petals in my life come to nothing. So… What can I do? Nothing but trust Him and call out to Him for help as far as I can figure. And I know that’s not “nothing.” It’s a big something.

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

By the way, if you’re reading this and you live in Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Son and you’d like to take in 1 or 2 cats for 10 months, who have issues but only need a cardboard box to keep them entertained for hours, leave a comment and I’ll be in touch. Thanks.

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