Ragdoll -- By Lori Ciccanti

"For every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine." (Psalm 50:10-11 NIV)

"He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call." (Psalm 147:9 NIV)

Though I love collecting dolls as a hobby, the ragdoll I write about in this devotional is probably not the kind of doll you are thinking of. Instead, it is a beautiful, lively kitten that acquired the name ragdoll because of its affectionate nature and floppy body. But this is also a story of answered prayer.

After the loss of my dog over a year ago, I sought the Lords guidance in whether or not to get another dog. It was quite fun and interesting to see how God responded to my prayer and called my attention to the Ragdoll. While being entertained by my senior cat watching Animal Planet, I accidentally learned about this unique breed of animals during a show, called “Cats 101.” Though I had no intention of getting another cat, the Ragdoll had all the qualities I was looking for in a pet and was the perfect answer to my prayer. Consequently, I received a sweet Ragdoll kitten as a Christmas gift from my family.

In less than a week, my ragdoll kitten is already a close member of my family! To me, his beauty and character reflect the glory and wisdom of God. As I ponder the profound meaning of today’s scripture, I am grateful to our loving God who so intimately cares for the needs of all His creatures. And we, His children have been given the privilege to be caretakers along with Him nurturing and tending to the animals He has placed in our care.

My little ragdoll is a blessing from God. Like so many times in the past, the Lord is faithful to answer my prayers no matter how big or small. If we seek His will, we can never go wrong. Isn’t it a comfort to know that all things are in His loving hands?

Prayer

Father, as we seek Your face, to You we give our heartfelt thanks. We praise You for the wonderful ways You have demonstrated Your loving care and manifest Your wisdom through all You have made. Lord, we honor You for hearing the prayers of Your people and providing what is best according to Your perfect will. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Lori Ciccanti