–by Sandy Harless
A friend of mine recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was too afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, and so forth, yet the kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
The kitty went flying
He did all this, checking his progress in the car frequently. He then figured that if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But, as he moved a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went boing, and the kitten instantly sailed through the air – out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighbourhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, ‘Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping’, and went on about his business.
Puzzled by the cat food
A few days later, this pastor was at the local grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. Now, this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, ‘why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?’
If it’s God’s Will
She replied, ‘You won’t believe this’, and told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the mom finally told her little girl, ‘well if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.’
The power of God
She told the pastor, ‘I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.’ Never underestimate the power of God, or the power of a child’s prayer!
SANDY HARLESS is a Christian singer and writer. Visit sandyharless.com