Writing in Moody Monthly, Carl Armerding recounted his
experience of watching a wildcat in a zoo. "As I stood there,
" he said, "an attendant entered the cage through a door on
the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom.
Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of
the cage." He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward
off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the
cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the
broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another
corner of the enclosure. Armerding remarked to the attendant,
"You certainly are a brave man." "No, I ain’t brave," he replied as
he continued to sweep. "Well, then, that cat must be tame." "No,"
came the reply, "he ain’t tame." "If you aren’t brave and the wildcat
isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.
"...the man chuckled, then replied with an air of
confidence, "Mister, he’s old -- and he ain’t got no teeth." Our Daily Bread.
From a sermon by Clarence Clough, Finish Line Faith, 11/6/2009
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