On the way to church on Sunday we apparently had four little furry visitors who wanted to hitch a ride. As we were about to leave after services we discovered that four little kittens had somehow crawled up underneath the hood of our car and had survived the drive from our house to church. Because my wife is way more compassionate than I am, we spent about an hour trying to get them out of the innards of our vehicle. We managed to get one and gave up. So we left the car (aka 'kitty motel') in the parking lot overnight. Yesterday I became, Brian, 'Kitty Trapper', Dunn. We borrowed an animal trap and applied the bait (Wal Mart Kitten food) and after an hour or so I caught 2 of the remaining kittens. I put them in a kennel and then placed the trap out one more time to catch the last one. Sure enough, he did not learn from the mistakes of his siblings, he walked right into the trap as well.
I have to admit, after I caught the first 2 kittens in the trap, it was awfully tempting to just think, 'Isn't that good enough?' Haven't we gone through enough trouble already. But no, my wife wouldn't have it. She wanted every last kitten accounted for. But as I reflected on that I must give her credit because it kind of reminded me of Jesus and His relentless pursuit of us, His sheep. I love the parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15. I love it because it reminds us that every single sheep matters to God. I mean in the story He had 99 out of 100. That's an awesome grade on a test! But without hesitation, the Shepherd, races across the pastures and searches in the rocks and behind the shrubs until he finds that one sheep that was lost. Let that sink in today. Even today, this very moment He calls us to share in the task of helping to bring more sheep home to their Shepherd. So as long as there is still one left we can keep praying for and pursuing them until they find their way home to Jesus. Here's the passage below:
1 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7 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.
p.s. oh and if you want one of those miracle kittens I would be happy to send one your way!