God's Wonderful Timing and Purpose
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Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church:
The pastor of his church had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. Although the man of the cloth coaxed, offered warm milk, etc., 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.
He tied on the rope, attached the other end to the vehicle, hopped into the car for operation rescue and was working! All the while he checked his progress in the car mirrors frequently. Finally he figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. Just as he moved a bit further forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boiiiing!" and the kitten instantly catapulted through the air and out of sight.
The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.
So he prayed, "Lord, I must commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about his business.
A few days later while he was at the grocery store, he ran into one of his church
members. He glanced into her shopping cart and was amazed to see a significant amount of cat food. This particular woman NOT a cat lover and everyone knew it, so he asked her in an innocent tone, "My, you're buying a lot of cat food. Have you had a conversion experience?"
She replied, "You won't believe this," and told him how her little girl had continually been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. A few days ago,the child begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, 'Well,if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."
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, its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."
Just another reminder never to underestimate either the power of prayer or God's efficient and unique sense of humor.