A pastor claimed this is a true story. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. He coaxed it, offered warm milk, stretched to reach it, poised there on a low limb. It moved upward, completely out of reach. The kitty simply would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down just a little, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
That's what he did, all the while checking his forward progress. He calculated that if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope came untied. The tree went "sproing" and the kitten instantly sailed through the air, out of sight.
A few days later, at the grocery store, he met one of his church members. He glanced into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. He knew this woman was a cat hater, so he asked her, "Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?"
She replied, "You won't believe this," then told him how her little girl had been begging for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days ago, the child begged again, so Mom told her daughter sarcastically, "Well, if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."
She told the pastor, "I watched Suzie go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her."
Never underestimate the power of God and His unexpected sense of humor (As far as I know, no cats were harmed in the writing of this column).