My late cat and my smartphone

On October 5, I learned that my cat, Belle, was very ill with a liver disorder. I was heartbroken. The vet and I agreed to put her to sleep the next afternoon. Around noon the next day, I was holding her on my bed and loving her. My smartphone was about two feet away on my nightstand.

When I pray to God, I always ask for a sign from Him. That day I was praying, very desperate for Him. I asked for a sign as usual and finished praying.

When I finished praying, my phone lit up. It was unlocked which doesn’t happen unless i swipe my finger across the screen. I was a little perplexed but still concentrating on Belle.

Then, the music player opened by itself. When I want to open the music player I first have to go to the list of apps and tap on the icon for it. The screen is black when I open it with the songs listed in always the same order.

This time, when it opened by itself, the screen was pure white and it had scrolled down to a song I only listen to in times of grief or loss.

The song title? “I Miss You Like Crazy.” sung by Natalie Cole.

I was dumbfounded and looked at the phone in disbelief.

A little later, I took Belle to the vet’s office. One of the pastors from my church met me there and we prayed before and after Belle left.

On Sunday at church, I told my pastor all of this. He said the action of my smartphone was God’s work, telling me that I was doing the right thing for Belle and that He would take her into His house.

I still shed a tear for her sometimes but that is always tempered with knowing that Belle is with God and that I did the right thing by her. I know I will see her again.

What do YOU think?



  1. BeReady says:

    Dear Sister, I would advise that you stop asking God for a sign. If you don’t you will (if you haven’t already) be manipulated by a spirit of divination (without doubt.) It is the exact oppposite of faith. I understand how you feel-often we feel we ‘need a sign now” and that we cannot afford to wait for Gods’ answer. “The just shall live by faith.” “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT SEEN.” Jesus said in the Gospels, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign.” I do not for a moment believe you are either wicked or adulterous, but it is clear He does not like us asking a sign. It may well be a spirit giving you the “signs” you seek. They will gladly oblige, because they know that it gives them a certain amount of authority (however small or growing) in your life. I know you feel that because you were praying to GOD, i.e., NOT satan or a demon, that therefore it “must have been God” that gave you the sign/s..not so. If we step outside the realm of faith, we are in the devils territory. It gives access to satan, regardless. I am only trying to help you. I believe that in that particular case, your pastor was mistaken-I feel it was a spirit-that is what my discernment says. (Pastors do not have to be ALways right, to be called by God to pastor.) At any rate, please consider what I say here and pray and seek the Lord, wait upon Him, and if He doesnt answer in your prayertime, keep your heart open to Him on the matter, knowing that He WILL answer when He is ready. God bless you.

    • warrior daughter says:

      I agree with Beready. Asking for a sign can be very dangerous & should not be used except in extreme cases & one must be able to discern who sent the sign. I do not agree with your pastor that said you would have your beloved cat in heaven. We are given pets here on earth to love, comfort us, to be our companion ect. In heaven we will be in the very presence of our Heavenly Father & our Savior & everything we have need for here on earth that we have received from our pets will be met there by their very presence. I do not believe that animals have souls & that just people have souls. Heaven is for repentant souls that have been saved by Jesus Christ.

      • Sunrise says:

        You might be interested in checking out this website: There is a book you can get called “Heaven Is for Real” by Todd Burpo. It’s about his young son, Carlton Burpo, who died temporarily while in surgery. He saw heaven and afterward the Lord sent him back to earth. His parents didn’t know this incident happened until sometime later, when their son said something about heaven that he could not have known, because he had not been told. A sequel to this book came out later, which is called “Heaven Is For Real For Kids.” In the child’s version of the book, Carlton did see some animals. He even petted some of them.

        • BeReady says:

          Thank God! My cat “Fluffy Girl” will be waiting for me in Heaven! (Actually, I already believed animals will be in Heaven.) God has a soft spot in his heart for them, it is clear throughout scripture. One instance which comes to mind is when He pleaded with Jonah saying, “Shouldn’t I have spare the people of Nineveh wherein are 120,000 people, who do not know right from wrong, AND ALSO MUCH CATTLE?”Jonah 4:11)
          It is obvious in reading passages in Job that God loves animals. Jesus says, that “there is not one sparrow (most common of all birds) that falls without your Father.”
          Gods’ heart is moved by its plight. Deuteronomy 22:6,7 suggests God will kill you if you come across a mother bird sitting on a nest with eggs or her young, and you take the mother bird with the eggs or young. “You shall let the mother bird go,..that it may go well with you and that you may live long.”
          If a soul is, as I’ve heard taught, the realm of the mind, will and emotions, then animals certainly DO have a soul. Certainly mankind is the only of all Gods’ creatures whom He made in His own likeness and image, but there are traits of His character in some animals, for example, I’ve read of many dogs risking their lives to save a human being-one even leapt through a window into a room that was full of flames, and grabbed the baby in the bassinette in his jaws and brought it to the window and dropped it outside, as I recall, he was overcome by the smoke and heat and died in the room, but the baby lived. (In a Readers Digest Book of True Animal Stories.) Many other selfless stories I’ve read and heard of of various kinds of animals. The love and genuine affection many display for their owners is a trait of Gods’ character. They are not in His image, I stress, but where did all that love and selflessness come from? From His own character.
          I am not sloppy about animals, and prefer not to have any, as they are a full-time commitment and I am too busy for them. “A righteous person regards the life of his animal,” (Proverbs.) To “regard” it means to think about what could make it happy-not just food and water-but walks, cuddles, getting it wormed and vaccinated etc. if it is a cat or dog. Other animals have different needs.
          I do believe however, that before Fluffy-Girl could enter Heaven, she’d have needed to be cleansed of a demon of gluttony! Cheers-hope it helps! PS: God bless you ‘Warrior Daughter,’ sorry to disagree with you on that point-it is only a minor point isn’t it! We both agree that getting people saved is far more important than worrying about whether animals go to Heaven. Keep up fighting the good fight of faith!

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