Dooley, seen here in a serene moment under the lilac bush.
At least fifteen young men descended upon the property, swarming the roof with tools, making noise and making a mess. To Dooley and the other cats, something unimaginably terrible was happening (to the dogs, it was a party with the best dog tv ever).
If only I could explain to them that the threatening noise and people were doing something good to their home - making it safer and stronger - for their protection.
It struck me that I am often like my cats. I look around me and see a lot of troubling circumstances. It seems like the end of the world (or at least MY world). But God is at work, building and reinforcing my framework in ways I often don't understand.
While it is impossible for me to become a cat or learn a cat language to explain what was happening amidst the whirl of activity, Jesus was God incarnate, and explained a lot to his followers. While God's word doesn't have a specific explanation for our situations, Jesus tells us what we need to know - He is with us - He will never leave us - His plan is good and His love endures forever.
If you feel like the hammering of your trials is too much, perhaps some greater work is being done, unseen and unknown. It is a walk of faith.