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Dwight Nelson 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 afraid to
come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not
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 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 sailed through the air
- 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 just commit this kitten to your keeping," and went on about
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," 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?"
(Can you see where this is heading?)
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 and what may appear to be breaking on one
end, is answering prayer on another.