by Sarah Mursell
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I have recently aquired a lovely soft, grey tom cat, called,'Tiger'. His family had to move away,and their son has asthma, so they didn't have a choice.
My Mum warned me, that it will take some time for him to settle in, and get used to his new environment(and owner),so i had to keep him in the home,without letting him out. It felt as though i were keeping him prisoner, and although it was for his own good and safety, i couldn't help, but feel
how suffocated he must have felt.
Last night,(the second night here for him,) i decided to take a risk, and put him outside, to put him out of his yowling misery(and another sleepless night!)
I put him on the lawn, and stood, waiting and watching, as Tiger prowled around what is now ,his territory.
Suddenly, as i had been warned,Tiger leapt up and over the fence, and he was gone!
It was 1a.m, and i felt tired and distressed-distressed and heartbroken-heartbroken,because this goodnatured, and now, vonerable cat-my responsibility, was out there alone, and this particular town can sometimes be rough and scary.
I went out several times, shaking the 'biccie' box, and calling out for him. I had a terrible hunch, that he would be trying to track his way back to his last family,which was miles away, and across busy roads.
In my desperation, i asked God to keep Tiger safe, and guide him back to me eventually.I prayed several times, each time, feeling stronger and surer, that what i was asking my Father, was not foolish, or needless. It certainly wasn't a test of His faithfullness, for i don't need to do that.
No, at some point, i'd decided to muster up my faith, and 'know' that God is actually the only one, who could guide my cat home, and that all is possible with Him.I prayed,”Father, i'm asking You, because i 'know' You can do this.”
I then went back to sleep, having left the light on, and the door open, should Tiger return.My faith had warmed up like a generator, and i actually had a sense of security, that he would be o.k.
At 6a.m, i woke to hear a mew outside my bedroom window, and when i went to look, there was Tiger,unharmed, and hungry for the first time since he arrived!
I didn't actually feel too shocked at an answered prayer.Nothing in life happens, unless God allows it, and, He saw fit to allow it-He who knew my distress-He who listened-and heard me,and graciously fullfilled my need.
I truly feel like a child of my heavenly Father today.
I can now, leave the dorr and windows open, Tiger is happy, and free to go out and come in unafraid, and the best thing, is that i feel my faith has been blessed with more strength, and a solid sureness, that i'd only longed for in the past.I can feel God at work in my life.
Tiger has settled in unusually quickly.
I read in Ecclesiastes 11,verse 1,”Cast your bread upon the waters for after many days you will find it again.”
The explanation suggests, that we should sometimes take risks
By putting my cat outside(i'm not altogether sure it was wise, but....), i feel i've gained a lot out of it(and so has Tiger!)than if i'd played safe.
In Christian life, we are going to need to be prepared to take risks.
There are numerous possibilities, aren't there.It could involve telling a new friend about Jesus,whilst risking the end of the relationship,after being confronted, or shown up.
A lot of decisions involve risks, especially if the outcome is uncertain, or a 50-50 gamble.
Whatever the risk,if it is done in the ever lasting name of Jesus, then we can walk with confidence, knowing we are in the safest company known to man, and some risks can be so valuable to our life experience, our character, and most of all, our faith.
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Sarah, I so very much enjoyed reading this account of your rewarded faith. No prayer is too simple for God, nor too great. Thomas