Learning Patience in Prayer Over a Rabbit…(what a weird title)

This past summer we’ve been taking care of a pet rabbit for a family (that we don’t at all know) as they’ve been out of state.

In early June my oldest daughter, Paige, received a call from a lady asking if she’d watch this rabbit of theirs and Paige accepted…for what she thought was just going to be a long weekend pet-sitting job.

Communication skills are and have been a large work in progress with our darling Paige…

When this woman showed up with her bunny she also brought along its living quarters, a very VERY big package of bedding, a few bags of bunny litter (yes it’s potty trained), and enough food for a whole herd of rabbits, as well as a tub of accessories.

Immediately I gathered that this was no weekend visit we were preparing for.

After chatting with the woman a bit I learned that her little fur friend would be with us much longer than Paige had understood over the initial phone call—for months she’d be with us in fact.

We never did ask the name because personally I was trying to process the idea that we’d involuntarily committed to this indoor rabbit’s extended stay.

I ended up calling her Kaytee, however, because the brand name on her water bottle has this name and I thought it seemed fitting.

Kaytee is not the kindest bunny; she’s sassy, threatens to bite, and when we put her outdoors to run in our fenced in grass area she’ll literally grunt and then lunge at us like a four legged chainsaw when we’re ready to bring her back inside—it’s entertaining, comical, and terrifying all at the same time.

Overall things have gone well having Kaytee in our home…until this past week.

Her food and water went untouched, she seemed sluggish, and her droppings weren’t typical looking. I contacted her owner to let her know I’d be taking the bunny to the vet immediately.

After iv fluids, two shots, and some follow up nutritional supplements the vet sent us home along with a warning that we weren’t out of the woods yet and only time would tell.

Time.

Time requires patience.

Like Paige struggles with quality communication, I struggle with zero patience.

Because absolutely no concern of ours is too insignificant for God, I prayed a lot over this rabbit—that God would please just heal it; but I also knew patience would be key.

And knowing I needed some encouragement in the area of patience (while waiting on this rabbit’s outcome) I pulled up my Bible app to do some studying over that difficult-for-me word.

Patience.

Isn’t it just like God to speak to our heart when we’ve finally quieted our whirling thoughts?

You guys!! The verse of the day on my Bible app was this:

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.” —Psalm 130:5

Bible YouVersion App

Time. Wait. Patience.

Those words aren’t always graciously welcomed in my little ‘Alicia world.’

But that sweet verse reminds me that while waiting for God to answer prayers, hope is found in His word and His word points to Him.

Profoundly beautiful.

Praise God Kaytee appears to have made a positive turnaround and will go in for a check up today to evaluate her health.

A quickly answered prayer in this case.

I’ve been around long enough to know though that waiting sometimes never produces an answered prayer—and that can be a tough truth to swallow, one that can cause bitterness even.

When I think about this from God’s view I consider the countless times He’s waited on me…to come to faith, to learn patience, to fully trust, the list goes on…and yet He’s never given up on me even though these things haven’t all come to fruition.

I want to echo His consistency.

Ephesians 5:1 says this, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children,”

When we commit to following God’s example—His leading—we learn to walk, talk, and do life with patience filling our mind and heart through whatever issue comes our way. This truth is where hope hushes the trial and prayers become selflessly surrendered to fall under God’s will rather than our own. Patience is needed in our prayers and it requires a decent amount of trust but the lesson and peace gained in the midst of our struggle makes the wait worthwhile…I don’t know about you but that type of God-focused path is one I want to “hop” on!

Sweet blessings friends, thank you for reading!!

God, you’ve provided us with your word, which is choke-full of direction and hope and we are so incredibly blessed to have such encouragement straight from your heart. Thank you for answered prayers; help us to be patient as we wait on other prayers, just as you’ve had to be with us at times. You are an amazing example and I thank you for showing us your Way. Amen.

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by forhispurpose.blog and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

45 thoughts on “Learning Patience in Prayer Over a Rabbit…(what a weird title)”

  1. A wonderful illustration on patience Alicia. We had “pet” rabbits as a kid. They all know rabbit karate and can do a 360 roundhouse kick with long nails extended. I almost became a dentist (tooth puller) over those things.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mandy, that’s super sweet of you!
      We actually have three rabbits but they’re all outdoors and super easy going! I will feel a huge sigh of relief when this bunny goes back home..they did more shots and an iv today and I’ll take her back in again tomorrow for the same.😳🙏

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      1. Mandy, hey my prayer warrior friend, I am in need of those prayers..the bunny didn’t make it, her health continued to decline rapidly last night and I’m not liking the idea of contacting the owner this morning. I feel so bad.

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  2. Wow! What an adventurous summer you’ve had! (At least it’s potty trained! LOL!) How amazing that God spoke to you through the Bible app like that! I have to admit I’m quite impatient myself. Amazon has taught us that we don’t have to wait on anything too much longer than 2 days. But God can make us wait for what seems like forever! But, He always comes through for us, and that’s much better than Prime delivery.

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    1. Ahh you’re so right Michelle! The world tells us we don’t have to wait and we learn impatience through that but God knows best and His timing is perfect.
      I have bad news, the bunny’s health began declining again last night and she didn’t make it. I could use prayers, I feel awful.

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  3. Amen. I join with you in saying thanks to Him indeed for His patience with me. I am also thinking of the times when it was not that He did not answer, but it was not the answer that we wanted to hear. He truly desire that we submit totally to Him. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh yes you are so right. He knows best but it’s not always what we had in mind. I get that for sure.
      Full submission to Him is so necessary!❤️ Thanks for reading, I always enjoy your comments.

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  4. You always have the most interesting stories! I am sure it is not funny, but I had to giggle about accidentally babysitting a rabbit for the summer, for someone you don’t even know. That is scary that she got sick though. I know it is even more scary because she is not yours. I am glad she seems to be doing better. I needed this message today, as I have not been very patient lately. What you said about how patient God is with us – wow, that really hit home! Thanks for sharing this. Have a blessed weekend 💕

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    1. Thank you Bridget for your sweet comment.❤️
      I know you’re a prayer warrior and I could use prayer in this whole situation, the bunny didn’t make it after all. I thought she was doing better but then last night she declined quickly. I feel terrible and need to contact this poor woman this morning.

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      1. I am so sorry! I know you feel bad, but you did everything you could. It is not your fault. Perhaps God has a reason for all of this. We might not always know His reasoning, but we can trust Him. Sending hugs and prayers for you and your family and the owner ❤️

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  5. Waiting is NOT easy, especially in our “everything is fast” society. I really love how you learned so much about patience and waiting on God from, of all things, your in-resident rabbit. Isn’t God just really clever sometimes? I love how you learn and how you share, Alicia. This blog will stick with me for sure. Thank you!

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  6. You have such fun family adventures little sister. 🙂
    When we pray about anything and it takes time to see and answer to the pray, it gives us an opportunity to get a glimpse of God’s patience with us.
    By the way, Paige has sufficient communication skills to understand and appreciate my jokes 🙂

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    1. 🙂That makes me smile, yes she does get your jokes!🙂

      So the rabbit ended up passing away last night, super frustrating. I’ve actually just had a challenging week so I could use some prayers, thank you Matt.❤️
      And yes I love considering the patience God has with us!

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  7. Yes! God waits on us. What a good reminder of how patient God is with us! We often think of our own perspective and how we are waiting on God. I shared this in my FB group this morning! Thank you Alicia!!

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    1. Ahh very cool Vanessa, thank you!

      I love how you used the word perspective, it has been in my thoughts lately and might end up in my blog post tomorrow.😉awesome word that can make a huge difference!

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