If you translate human time into cat time, it must seem to him to be more like a rough few years.
He’s been kidnapped, taken to the pound, left in the pound, rescued from the pound, locked up in the house, and subjected to much stress.
I spent most of one day trying to fit him with a harness so he could be walked around outside on a leash.
That meant pulling them back and forth over his large head and trying to get the straps to connect around his considerable girth.
This was done over and over again to find one that would fit, though to no avail.
Yesterday, he had to go see the doctor, which meant being stuck in the cat carrier…a place that had to evoke terrible memories.
When we arrived at the veterinarian, the tech immediately shoved a thermometer up his backside while I held him.
This is not conducive to relationship building.
I tell you all of this to tell you that not once in all these things has Chester raised a paw against me.
He has not even once let out a warning growl as he has been subjected to all these indignities.
He has acted puzzled and occasionally sad…sometimes resigned… but he has always been ready to befriend me anew and trust me again.
He is very happy that I’m his human.
I’m not like Chester.
It’s been a rough couple of years and frankly, at times, I’m angry with God.
When I’m not angry, I’m confused, and when I’m not confused, I’m depressed.
I have no idea what God is doing or why He is doing it.
I do know I don’t like any of it.
I feel like Chester must have felt when I held him while the vet tech did her duty.
The difference is that there are days when it seems I’m having my temperature checked multiple times a day.
Some of you understand what I’m saying…
We need to be more like Chester.
Somehow… this cat instinctively knows that everything I’m doing to him, I’m doing to save him.
He knows I have no desire to hurt him.
He doesn’t understand, but he trusts.
He knows that he’s loved.
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him;” (Job 13:15 ESV)
That must be Chester’s “life verse”.
Maybe it should be mine too.
It’s embarassing when your cat has more faith than you do…
Make your own application…