IN THE STEPS STOPS OF JESUS…INTERRUPTED WHILE PRAYING!
September 10, 2017
We often talk about walking in the steps of Jesus. But did you consider that it is in the stops of Jesus, the interruptions, where most of his ministry takes place. Last week we witnessed Jesus being abruptly awakened out of a dead sleep in the midst of a storm on the Galilean Sea. He stilled the storm and calmed the fears of the disciples.
Today, we are going to visit an occasion when Jesus is interrupted while praying.
God indeed often answers prayer in mysterious ways…
Dwight Nelson recently told a story about the pastor of his church. The pastor had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc., but the kitty would not come down. The loblolly pine tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to the hitch of his SUV and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
And that’s what he did, attaching the rope, and inching slowly forward in his Ford Explorer. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten.
Unfortunately, as he moved the car a little further, the rope broke. The tree went “boing!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air and out of sight!