Never Underestimate the Power of God2
It’s almost a new year and so I thought I might write a blog post about resolutions. But then I wondered if people are actually making resolutions this year. Some may be thinking, “Why bother?” because, in the middle of a pandemic, it can be difficult to plan to do anything. Then I asked myself: If I was the one reading this, what kind of post would I be interested in reading right now? The answer was easy. Something to make me smile – or even laugh. Something to make me feel good. I think that would be a wonderful way to begin a new year.
The story I’m going to share has been around a while but when I stumbled on it again, the other day, I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I heard it!
The story goes like this: A pastor had a little kitten stuck up in a tree, and 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 until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten. As he moved just a little too far, the rope broke. The tree snapped upright and the kitten instantly sailed through the air and out of sight.
He felt just terrible and walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they had seen a little kitten. Nobody had and finally he prayed, “Lord, I commit this kitten to Your keeping,” and then went about his business.
A few days later, he was at the grocery store and met one of his church members. In her shopping cart he was amazed to see cat food. Now this woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her why she was buying cat food when she hated cats so much.
She replied, “You won’t believe this, but I have been refusing to buy my little girl a cat even though she has been begging for one. Finally, I told her that if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.
“I watched my child go out into the yard, get on her knees and ask God for a cat. 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 spread out and landed right in front of her. Of course I had to let her keep the kitten -- it came from God!”
I think that’s a good lesson and a good reminder as we begin 2021: Never underestimate the power of God (Ephesians 3:20) -- and His unique sense of humor. (Proverbs 17:22) Happy New Year! : )