Two and a half rescued critters live at my house. Two are happy to be here. Why, the perks alone put them right up there with the benefits of a luxury getaway:

-prime seating and views throughout the resort

-soothing for the psyche indoor and outdoor fountains

– 24-hour spa benefits including on-site massage therapist

– steak and salmon (kibble) No need to bring your lunch!

– tasty appetizers offered several times daily

– health care

– group and individual recreation and activities

AAAH! The Good Life! Well, two would give it a five-star rating.


Recently, the half-time critter traded his status as Alpha Cat to be Prime Numbers Feline, with 1, 3, 5 and 7 taking top billing. Though his early life had been entirely inside to protect him from predators like the hawk who killed his mother, he yawned with boredom. Every day the same old thing. Declawed and defenseless as fighting a grizzly with a barbeque brush, he sprinted around my leg out the door two or three times each day to flee his oppressive home and the rules—a teenager in cat years.

That’s where the prime numbers came in. Prime Numbers Feline took to being gone one day, a quick trip home, gone three days, made a quick pit stop to fill up on kibble, and then roamed seven adventurous days filled with fights for survival, death-defying escapes, and danger. It was anything but boring! One wilderness excursion left him with a piece out of his ear and a bloody patch of hair pulled out to the very roots. It has never grown back. When he came back that time, he found one less food bowl out. It had been the first time the battle-wounded cat ever fought his way back inside.

For cats, dogs, critters, as well as people, walking the middle of the road is dangerous! Anyone doing so risks getting run over by a car. Sitting on the fence of indecision is also unwise. It took his own blood to finally convince Mr. Prime Numbers of his true home.

It takes Christ’s blood to convict us of our true home. Are you still sitting on the fence?

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing 2011. For more chuckles and to hear a speech, enjoy excerpts of her book and tips, check her entire website options and weekly blog on]