Our beloved kitty stumbled into trouble!
My husband was improving our roomy attic by adding lights and flooring. While Russ worked, I diligently kept the study door closed and watched our cat Sugar who was curious about the attic. (I wanted to keep her out of trouble.) While he was finishing the work and I was sorting through all the “stuff” we had stored, my husband asked, “Do you know where Sugar is?”
“No”, I replied. He heard a persistent meow and discovered that she had snuck into the attic and over to the eaves where the roof sloped down and fell or jumped about a foot down inside the wall. The small space prevented us from seeing her or reaching her.
Pitiful meowing filled the air!
We tried putting a board over the opening hoping she could jump up. Nothing worked. After an hour, I cried out, “She isn’t meowing anymore. Something’s wrong!” I called out to her but she was silent. Our son came home and was alarmed to learn what happened.
Russ decided to cut a hole through the roof to rescue her! He and Jake mounted the roof and he began to saw directly above where she was trapped.
I watched intently from the front lawn as Russ cut a hole in our roof with a power saw while Jake kept Sugar out of the way of the blade!
Then she was airlifted to safety! (I wondered what the neighbors thought.) I rejoiced to see she was alive and well! She was filthy. We petted her, cleaned her up and welcomed her with joy! You’d think she’d learned her lesson but that night she jumped up and meowed to get into the attic!
A dear friend of mine pointed out what a beautiful picture this is of how God responds when one of His sheep wanders away.
“Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home…I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4b-6a,7
We weren’t angry at Sugar because she acted foolishly. We were concerned about her. We wanted to rescue her and bring her back to us.
We loved her even more than before because we thought we lost her!
We longed for her back in our arms. We didn’t yell at her or punish her we just loved her.
How much more God wants a relationship with us!
Jesus also shared the story of the son who abandoned his father and squandered his fortune and his life. When he wanted to return, how did the father respond? Did he yell at him, punish him or refuse to allow him back? No!
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:22-24
The son rejected his father, took his inheritance and wasted it in self-indulgent, reckless living. When he had nothing left, he returned to his father and was welcomed like a hero!
Because the father loved him! He wanted his son safely home and back in relationship. He wanted to hug him, love him, and share life with him.
I was thrilled to get Sugar back. I loved her. (Even when she wanted to get back into the attic.) God’s love for us never changes. He calls us to turn from sin because He knows it hurts us. He wants us safe in His arms and in relationship with Him.
When we get ourselves into trouble, God’s desire is to bring us back not to forget us or abandon us. He loves us! He is waiting for us to return. He is searching for us, calling us to seek Him. When we arrive, He throws His arms around us, cleans us up and celebrates our restoration.
We all do foolish things and find ourselves stuck in a hole. If we’ll cry out to Jesus, He will rescue us. He’s longing to receive us. He welcomes us with open arms and rejoices that we are His.
Originally published at: Internet Cafe Devotions