Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church.
He had a kitten that climb
ed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid
to come down. The pastor coax
ed, offered warm milk, etc. The kitty would not
come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decid
that if he ti
ed 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 figur
if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent
sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he mov
ed a little further
forward, the rope broke. The tree went "boing!" and the kitten
instantly sail
ed through the air-out of sight.

The pastor felt terrible. He walk
ed all over the neighborhood asking
people if they'd seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten.
So he pray
ed, "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 happen
ed 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 ask
her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"

She repli
ed, "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 begg
ed 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 watch
ed 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 land
ed right in front of her." 


To the world, you may just be somebody...but to somebody, you may be the world.

Richard Dover
In His Steps Ministries
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