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 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.
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
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.
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.