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I’ve always been avidly interested in animals, domestic and wild, and have had a number of pets over the years. A few months ago, our family adopted a handsome four-year-old Seal Point Siamese cat from a rescue organization. We signed a form agreeing that we would keep this cat, whom we named Ming, indoors. At first that was easy, since he hid inside our bedroom closet and didn’t want to come out, let alone go outside! He was also easily spooked, and had issues with biting.
During this time, as I was caring for him, I frequently prayed about the issue of his feeling unprotected and feisty, and I often spoke about how he had nothing to be afraid of, since God, Love, was all around. After about ten days, he emerged from the closet, but still ventured no farther than the bedroom. As he became adjusted to our home and family members, his curiosity took over, and he began to explore other areas in the house.
Then one evening, we realized he was nowhere to be found, and it was already dark outside. This cat had never been let outside in his whole life, and he was, of course, not even familiar with our yard. Family members had been going in and out the front door, and somehow, Ming had slipped out. But I didn’t want to waste time placing blame, or trying to figure out who was responsible. It was more important to me to respond immediately with prayer, and to focus on finding our new pet.
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