Thanks, Cat. I Needed That!
My dad’s cat has a strong arm, a determined spirit, and a sound conviction that all God’s creatures should be free. When Smoky decides he wants to roam, he goes over to the door, stands up on his back legs, stretches high, and opens it. I mean he carefully presses down on the latch with one paw while he pushes the door open with the other. It wasn’t an easy thing for him to learn, but he set his mind to the task and refused to give up. He was scolded and punished and closed up in a room without treats, but evidently he counted achieving his goal worth the suffering.
If my dad’s cat were human, he would really get things done. Smoky doesn’t waste time meowing his case, and he never nips or scratches to prove a point. He listens politely to human objections, then he gets right back to his work.
If my dad’s cat were a human Christ-follower, the world would be a different place. Smoky was the one who endured the learning, yet whenever he opens the door, he selflessly leads the other indoor animals to outdoor freedom.
I think the Apostle Paul would approve of my dad’s cat. I think he would say, “You know, Cat, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Refusing to give up, and bravely enduring punishment, Paul would get back to work leading others to eternal freedom.
“Persevere so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what He has promised.”
Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty-two published books. Already well established as a non-fiction writer, her latest six books are historical fiction. Three have received awards. In addition to her writing, Kay is an in-demand speaker. Her work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against social injustice, especially modern-day slavery.