A minister had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard, and then was afraid to come down. The minister coaxed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty still would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough for the minister to climb.
He tied a rope to his car and put it in low gear and began to drive away from the tree. He reasoned that the tree would bend and he would be able to reach the kitty. All would be well.
The rope broke, and the tree went “boinng”, and the kitty instantly sailed through the air out of sight. The preacher felt terrible. He walked the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. No body had seen a stray kitty. So, he prayed, “Lord, I 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. This woman disliked cats 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 and she kept refusing. A few days before, the child had begged again. She finally told her, “If the Lord gives you a cat, you can keep it.”
It was that very day, I watched my child go out in the yard. She got on her knees and asked the Lord for a cat. The child-like humility and the sweetness of her prayer was evident. You won’t believe this but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with his tiny paws spread out and landed right in front of the girl. It was a miracle. That’s why I am buying cat food.
I heard a preacher tell this story last week and while it is just a story and humorous at that, it has a great principle involved. Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened”. (Matthew 7:7-8)
When Paul said, “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17), he was saying be ready at all times to pray. James said, “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering” (James 1:6). Be it a child wanting the furry touch of a wee kitten, or the cry of one stricken with a terminal illness. Be unafraid, unashamed, to cry out to the one who is forever listening.