I originally heard this story more than 12 years ago and I used it at the start of my Alpha Course talk on prayer, but it has recently made its way into my Inbox via a friend. It’s still raises a smile and teaches a lesson and is well worth repeating.
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 come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until 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 neighbourhood 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 hated 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 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 Mum 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 humour!
A writer on the web page of Holy Trinity, New Rochelle, New York adds this about the story of the Pastor’s Cat:
I believe it is humourous BUT at the same time it is an inspiration. I remember the time that my youngest son asked me if I he could have a bicycle. I told him that if God would provide it that he could have it. I said, Son, we do not have money enough to buy you a bicycle, but God can answer your prayers as quickly as He will answer mine. He prayed, then as we sat our church pew Sunday a lady tapped him on the shoulder and asked him if he would like to have a bicycle. Her son had outgrown it and it was just right for him. God hears all the prayers that come from His children regardless of their ages.