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Topic: Curiosity Killed the Cat (10/10/13)
- TITLE: The Homecoming
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Rescuing a cat takes time and everyone was busy. Their routine consisted of jobs, bills,and appointments. They didn’t have time to think about a cat. But one woman envisioned the cat’s demise. Her picture of his slow strangulation and last gasp for breath tortured her. When she ate she imagined a band around her neck. She knew she had to do something. Determined to rescue the cat she mapped out her plan. Her mission: feed the cat and earn his trust. She placed the food out back in line with her kitchen window. Every morning she watched for the cat. The night strays cleaned up the food, so daily feedings became routine. One morning as she washed her dishes she saw the cat. He stopped and ate the food. From then on he showed up every morning and she eyed the band on his neck. She decided she couldn’t wait any longer, it was time to open the door. When the cat heard the door he bolted, but he returned the next morning. The next few weeks the woman tiptoed, sneaked, and timed her every move. Finally one morning she stood near the cat and watched him eat. He raised his head, looked at her and then continued eating. Within a few days her mission paid off and she stroked his head. She touched the jar ring and knew that “Bandit” had found a home. The trip to the vet freed the cat; but the woman saved him.
The woman’s effort to save the cat reminds me of a parable that Jesus taught. Known as the “Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11-32) the parable teaches us about God’s love for those who are lost. In the story a son comes to his father and asks for his inheritance. When he receives his money he leaves for a “far” country. Not thinking of the consequences, he squanders his windfall on immoral living. Hungry and penniless, he finds a job feeding the hogs. Hunger drives him to consider eating with the swine. And then he decides to return home. The father has been watching for his son. When he sees him, he feels compassion for him. He runs a great distance to kiss him and welcome him home. Overjoyed the father throws a party, for his lost son is now found.
Homecoming parties are God’s speciality. His guest list is endless and His preparations are lavish. His welcome goes beyond our expectations. And all the guests are greeted with shouts of joy and a welcome home kiss.
Maybe you think you’re not on the guest list. You’re attempt to make it on your own is not working and the messes of your life have you trapped. But God is watching and waiting for you to learn how to trust Him. His compassion for you is great. And when you stop running He’s there to welcome you home. His touch is gentle.
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