Petal was a very Special little girl who came to live with me for a short time before Missy knocked at my door. https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/in-memory-of-our-missy/
As we were going to pick Petal up, whose name was Gretel from the refuge, I said to Ron… I think I will call her Petal, he agreed it sounded good, just then a car cut in front of us and the number plate read Petal 5 and that was the beginning of the Miracle of little Petal who touched my heart and many others in such a profound way.
Petal should never have come to live with me but the Refuge where I adopted her from because of a mix up with the Vet’s records they did not know she was dying of Liver Cancer, she was 8 and lived for only 4 more months.
But God used little Petal to show His Awesome reality to the Children in my Neighborhood who were part of my Funday School, I was teaching them about Jesus and how much He Loved them, they all came from Non – Christian families.
Petal and Monty never lacked attention from the Children but sadly Petal became very ill and it was not because of her condition, the Vet just did not know what was causing her distressing symptoms.
I prayed with the Children and we asked for God’s help, some of them told me they prayed for her heaps more which warmed my heart and soon after we prayed I woke up one Morning with a word in my mind, I didn’t know what it meant with not being a gardener, so I put it in my search engine and it said it was a plant poison, I rang the Vet and he confirmed that it could be the cause of her symptoms and so Ron removed the plants and Petal got better but her time was to still be short.
We buried her in a barren block of land beside the side fence, there was nothing planted, it was an empty plot of ground and had been the same since moving there, I put Toby my stuffed bed dog beside her, he had become her very special companion and I also put a rock and a potted plant on top of her grave.
The children made a headstone for Petal with all their names on it and they drew flowers and butterflies all over the slate and it looked so pretty but within a few days real white Easter Lilies grew up all around the grave. they just appeared from nowhere, and it was October, we were all amazed, the Children came everyday to see the Lilies grow and visit with Petal …
Will they ever forget Petal maybe but the seed of God’s awesome Love will be forever in their hearts and mine. There was another way Petal touched my life and heart but I will share it later.
Although very much like her, please note the above picture of Petal is a Calendar Pic, the real one is in our heart and it will never depart but instead of sadness in Heaven we will remember only the Joy the she brought and even if her little body were to remain in the ground, we will never be apart because God has for eternity placed her in our hearts like all our other Animal friends.
I wrote this poem below about Petal not long after she died.
Her eyes held the pain she had known and fear at the start was often shown but very soon she came to be
A wonderful and loving friend to me.
Hugs for Petal were something new, maybe in her life there had been very few but without much delay they came to be part of each and every day and close to me she would want to stay .
Petal loved her toys, walks and a ride in the car and Toby her stuffed dog would never be far,
He was there from the beginning to the end of each day and she let you know that was how it had to stay.
Petals body had laboured hard and our time together was to be short, every minute with her was precious and something I sought.
I held her close to my heart not wanting for us to ever be apart and hoping there was a way to have her for just one more day.
But Petal seemed to understand it was her time to go and in her own way she let me know, I gave her one more hug and words of Love
Then I asked our Heavenly Father above to please let her depart but knowing without doubt she never will from my heart and I have known it from the start.