One of my passions is rescuing strays and feral animals. When I lived in the Middle East, I had a large house, which served as a refuge to many homeless animals. I tamed those I could but none were turned away. I operated the local tuna kitchen for cats and the chicken take-away for dogs. The butcher knew me by name and every week gave me bones as treats for the dogs. I poured my love into these animals until one day I learned I had to go home. My father was dying.
A HOME FOR ALL MY ANIMALS
by Amy L. Bovaird
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10:30), NIV.
“Really? You’re actually looking for a puppy?” I couldn’t believe my good fortune. The manager of the HSBC Bank would come to the house and choose a puppy for her daughter.
One more off the list.
Seven puppies, five dogs and twenty-one semi-tame and feral cats all needed homes in ten days. God knew my passion for my menagerie, and that I trusted Him to provide safe environments for all of them. I had to leave the United Arab Emirates quickly because my father had terminal cancer.
“Miss Amy,” my gardener said in his accented English, “I will take many cat to the camp where I live. I give food and protect. No worry. The ones too wild to move, I feed here,” he promised. A man of his word, he would use the money I’d leave him with to carry out his undertaking.
I prayed continually, asking for discernment for prospective owners.
The day I gave away Dutch, a German Shepherd, and Dumi, a local mutt, to serve as guard dogs, I pleaded with God to keep them safe.
My best friend took Brownie, the chocolate Labrador.
I shipped my beloved Buddy home to the United States to live with me.
With two days to go, I still sought provision for Maha, the problem mama dog, which I could never tame enough to get spayed. Oh Lord, I know you care about Maha. Give her a patient, loving family, too.
The next morning, a member of my church welcomed Maha into his fold at their date farm.
God sent good people to care for thirty-three of his beautiful creatures when I no longer could. Leaving the Middle East, I felt peace as to their well-being.
Application: Trust that God knows the weight of your burden and He calculates the solution accordingly.
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