Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee”… Jeremiah 1:5
As I walked out the door the cats were waiting for their breakfast. They greeted me with their unique voices that I can distinguish without even looking at them. “Good morning, Momma Kitty, Cinnamon, Lefty, Blondie, Cat, Bear…” I know and call every one of them by name. Each one of them have their own distinct personality and I learned which ones will let me pet them or pick them up or leave alone.
Before anyone accuses me of being a crazy cat lady, let me assure them I still have all my faculties and have never been accused of being a recluse or eccentric. The cats are all strays. Some stay around the property while others disappear, sometimes for days. We have an arrangement. We provide cat food and watered down milk and they take care of all mice, bugs and snakes. This arrangement works well for everyone.
Back to the names of all the cats. I named them to distinguish each one when talking to or about them. It’s a bit like an old television show theme of “going where everyone knows your name.” The same can be said for our dogs. Mark’s dog comes running when she hears her name called because she loves him and knows her master’s call.
Our name is something unique, even when we share it with someone else. In a doctor’s office, when your name is called, it gets your attention. If it is special for another human to call your name, it is even more special when you realize God not only knows you by name, but knows everything about you. Matthew 10:30 even states, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
I realize some people have more hair than others, but that isn’t the issue here. Whether you are bald or have a full head of hair, Jesus was reminding everyone that God cares about the smallest details of who we are or what we are going through. In this passage, Jesus tells those listening that God cares for the smallest and insignificant sparrow. He concludes by saying, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:31)
Knowing these details brings great comfort, and that particular morning I mentioned first, I felt as though I was hit over the head with God’s truth. God knows ME by name and knows everything about me, good and bad. In the scheme of world events, I may seem insignificant and unknown to those outside of my sphere of influence. However, to God, I am special. Jesus died on the cross and provided salvation to all who believe … including me.
Our world is full of people that seem forgotten by society. Still, each and every one is special to God, like the lowly sparrow. He pays attention to those who call out to him, and is waiting patiently for those who turned their back on him. God knows our every need even before we know there is a need. He is never too busy to respond to our prayers.
I know some people will say my cats are worthless and insignificant. They may even question why I would feed a kitten that scratched me when I tried to pick it up. Feeding them won’t make a big difference in caring for all discarded, abandoned, or hungry cats, but it makes a big difference to them. How much more comforting it is to know that we are being cared for by a mighty God who knows all about us.
Debra Whittington is a longtime resident of Tucumcari. Contact her at: