The Prodigal Cat!
Posted on April 9, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
About 5 weeks ago our front door was accidentally left open. When the door was shut, we didn’t realize that one of our cats, Marmalade had gotten out. When Shirley went out to look for her, she saw her on the side of the house. She was scared and frightened and ran off. We did not see her for about 10 days. Then we began to see her around the house and our neighbors. We would try to approach her and she would run away. We began to leave food out for her and she would eat some but then run off. We kept up this routine for weeks and slowly but surely, she became used to us again. Shirley would go outside and pet and talk to her. Then just the other day we had the food inside the door, she came in and we closed the door behind her. Marmalade cried loudly for 5 minutes but calmed down and the following day she acted as if nothing happened. She was on the couch with us letting us scratch her head and purring as if she never left.
The whole incident reminded me of the prodigal son in Luke 15. He demanded his share of his father’s estate, squander it wildly in a distant country. When everything was gone and he came to his senses he cried out to God, verse 18-19
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son, make me one of your hired men”. But when he arrived at his father’s house, he did not expect what was about to happen. His father welcomed him with open arms and had the servants prepare a feast for him. And although his brother rejected him his father reminded him in verse 32 “…because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.”
What has happened in our lives to run away from God and family? If we can honestly repent to those we have hurt, maybe just maybe we will be forgiven of the things we have done. Forgiveness may not take place overnight, but if we show that we have become a new person in Christ Jesus there are so many doors that have closed on us that may be open once more.
Written by Robert Breault: Robert is a full-time staff member serving anyone who’s hungry in the Food Service Department. He is married to Shirley Holmes-Breault who volunteers at the Colony of Mercy at the intake office. Robert and Shirley love the beach, Schroon Lake and their 3 children and 2 grandchildren.
Think About This: “Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”―
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7
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