The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and drove away a bit so that the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
He did all this, checking his progress in the car frequently, then figured 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 disappeared into the air, sailing out of sight.
The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. Dead or alive. 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.
A few days later he was at the 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?”
She replied, “You won’t believe this Pastor,” 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 out of frustration the Mom finally told her little girl, “Well, if God drops you a cat from heaven, I’ll let you keep it.”
She told the pastor, “I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and beg 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 little paws outspread, and landed right in front of her!”
I have to admit, I’m a little skeptical of that “true story,” but I have seen God come through in some pretty miraculous ways, reminding me that “nothing is too difficult” for Him. That’s the focus of our new series of messages, “When You Need a Miracle,”that we’ll be continuing this Sunday at Shelby Crossings. I hope you can join us for it.
More than anything, I hope each of us is living expectantly of God’s intervention in our lives. He has a way of dropping His blessings into our laps, and all He asks of us is that we trust Him enough to pray. So, what are you asking God for today? Whatever it is, look up…and be careful! You just might get what you ask for!