A Reason to Smile

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

Hey, guys. How about a story to make you smile this week? I got my bulletins (the blank ones I have to print for the church), and this cute story was in the bulletin aids they send along with it. It’s too long for me to put in my church bulletin, but it did make me smile. I’m going to change it a little here and there. You know writers and how they always have to edit everything.

Br. Jim’s kitten climbed a tree in his backyard and wouldn’t come down. The tree wasn’t sturdy enough for Br. Jim to climb it to rescue the kitten or even to prop a ladder against it to climb up. He didn’t want to bother the fire department. He wasn’t even sure they really came out to rescue kittens and besides, he prided himself on figuring things out himself. The first thing he figured out was that kitten wasn’t coming down on her own. So he pitched a rope up high in the tree and looped it around the tree. Then he hooked the other end of the rope to his car bumper. He figured he could bend the little tree over until he could reach up and rescue the kitten. Things were going pretty well. He eased the car forward and the tree leaned down. But the kitten, clinging tighter than ever to the branch he was wrapped around, still was a bit too high. So he pulled the car up a bit farther and then disaster struck. The rope broke. The tree went “boing!” and the poor little kitten went sailing through the air out of sight.
Needless to say, Br. Jim felt awful. He searched all through the neighborhood, but nobody had seen a stray kitten. Finally he gave up after praying, “Lord, I just commit the kitten to your keeping,” and went about his business.
A few days later he was in the grocery store and met one of his church members. He was amazed to see cat food in her shopping cart. This woman was very vocal in her dislike of cats, and so he asked her why in the world she was buying cat food since she hated cats so much.
She said, “Br. Jim, you see it’s like this. My little girl has been begging and begging me for a cat and I kept saying no. Finally I told her if the Lord gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.” The woman’s face changed, got a look of awe, as she went on. “Well, my little girl went out in the yard, got down on her knees and started praying for the Lord to send her a kitten.” The woman slowly shook her head. “Preacher, you are never going to believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of my little girl.”

Never under estimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor. And keep finding reasons to smile. Proverbs says laughter worketh good like a medicine.