When We lived in Tallahassee and my boys were about five and eight, our next door neighbors, Maria and Terry Martin adopted two precious kittens for their two little girls. Only problem was the two precious kittens wanted to be with my two (sometimes) precious boys more than the little girls next door.
Every day when the boys came home from school the kittens were waiting at our back door. Lil David and Aaron would love on them and play with them all afternoon while the little girls were inside doing chores or homework (I obviously felt that kitten fun was more important).
One afternoon they came home from school and… no kittens.
The boys went next door and asked about their new friends (Boots and Ruffles) and Mrs. Martin said she hadn’t seen them all day.
Next day same thing. They came home and no Boots and Ruffles.
Later that afternoon our neighbors came to us worried. It had been two days since a kitten sighting. There was reason for concern, theses black and white bundles of purr were not much older than two months and we lived on a street with heavy traffic.
The adults suggested making signs to post (art projects are a good diversion) and the kids got to work. The signs read:
Two Black And White Kittens
We helped them put the signs up on several trees up and down our street and the street behind us which made a loop back around to Shannon Lakes Dr. (our street).
Several days passed and our neighbors heard nothing in regards to the kittens. A couple of thunderstorms blew through the area and I felt the kittens were as good as gone forever. Every time my boys would ask about the them, which was about ten times a day, my heart would break.
After a week of no kitties and a bucket of little-boy tears, I asked David and Aaron if they wanted to pray to God to help the kittens. Now you have to understand, I shared my faith with the boys every chance I got but I wasn’t too sure about praying for kittens that I felt by this time were surely dead. Sorry, morbid I know but the boundaries of my faith started with a busy street and ended with bad weather. What would a God size NO do to their little-boy faith?
But The faith of a child knows no boundaries.
Later that night when I tucked the boys in bed and we said prayers, we asked a special prayer for the kittens, that God would find them and bring them home safely.
I was anxious about asking for what seemed the impossible. Quite the opposite, asking God for the impossible seemed to put my boys anxieties to rest.
When I left the room I said my own prayer. “God I just put Your reputation on the line. I know you want David and Aaron to know You can do all things. They just believed You for this miracle, do with it what You will. In Jesus name, Amen.
I took my immature faith to bed with me all the while thinking, how will I cover for God when the kittens are never found….
But I didn’t have to.
The very next day, my neighbor Maria came over. She said, “You won’t believe it, but I received a call this morning from an elderly man who found the kittens. He found them two miles form here. He’s bringing them back this afternoon.”
In Mark Batterson’s book Draw the Circle he says, “There is an old adage: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Every prayer is a calculated risk, but sometimes God calls us to ante up all the faith we have, and then let the chips fall where they may….When we act in faith we aren’t risking our reputation; we are risking God’s reputation…. Why do we mistakenly think that God is offended by our prayers for the impossible? The truth is that God is offended by anything less!”
I was afraid to pray for a miracle because I was afraid that God wouldn’t answer and the kids would be disappointed in Him. But the responsibility of the answer is not up to me, it’s up to God. My only responsibility is in the asking.
God did more than bring home two kittens that day. He instilled in my boys the power of praying for the impossible and quadrupled the faith of one doubtful mama.
You see, my responsibility was never in the answer. My responsibility was only in the asking.
What prayer risk have you taken lately? How did it turn out?