Daily Devotional April 17, 2023

Rerun of Daily Devotional April 17, 2017

John sent me the following story.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. The pastor 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 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. That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car.  He 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 the car 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 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 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 then 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.”

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 His unique sense of humor!”

While in some respects, prayer is a great mystery.  What we do know is that God always hears and answers.  These answers come in three different categories:  Yes, No, or Wait.

God loves you more than you can possibly imagine.  He wants to hear from you.

Paul said, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  (Romans 12:12)

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, there are times when my prayers are filled with selfish needless wants.  Forgive me.  Help me to see the world through the eyes of your son.  Let my prayers bring me closer to your will for my life.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Also, be careful what you pray for.  God truly does have a sense of humor.  You might get more than you bargained for.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins