Excerpted from the March / April 2014 issue of Christian Woman Magazine.
“Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3 NIV84).
Maximillian is not having a good day. Without warning, life has come crashing down around him. He has done nothing to anyone – nothing! Yet here he is, a prisoner, held captive very much against his will. He knows to his bones that he is on his way to pain, suffering and untold agony. He protests loudly and emits threat after impotent threat, hoping to make us (his tormentors) understand the depth of his distress. Surely we will then – in that very minute – take him back home!
Home – the place where Max has a food dish that is always full, the bottom hidden from view to keep him from anxiety about his next meal. The place where an ample supply of fresh, aerated water always awaits his need. The place with not one but two litter boxes, both tidily maintained for his comfort and convenience.
In addition to all these riches, just this morning Max managed to liberate a ball of yarn from a basket. (All balls of yarn in the world belong to him, of course. But we, the people who live in his house, persist in hiding them from him). He spent the better part of an hour unwinding that ball by kicking it around corners and in and out of table legs. The experience was all he could have asked for.