I was driving home on Easter Sunday. I slowed down quit a distance from my driveway, because I saw something in the road. I thought it was a squirrel at first. Then a rabbit. As I looked closer, I saw it was a tiny orange kitten!
I wondered why such a tiny baby was in the middle of the road. As I slowed down even more, it ran out of the road into the grass of the ditch. I quickly parked the car, stepped out and approached the kitten very slowly. I called, “Kitty, kitty.” to it, knelt down and extended my hand.
It cautiously approached my hand then unceremoniously rubbed its cheek on my extended fingers. I scooped up the kitten and took it into my house.
I hadn’t wanted any other animals as we had plenty. However, I couldn’t see this tiny kitten (I guessed around six weeks old) being left out to fend for itself. Not to mention there are stray and loose dogs roaming all around the neighborhood. There are large owls and hawks flying overhead. If a dog didn’t get it, surely it would be a nice snack for an owl or hawk that night. I couldn’t just leave it out there subject to the weather and any animal that would come upon it. It needed my help.
I took it to the vet and confirmed the kitten was a female. She didn’t have worms, which was unusual for a kitten of her size. I got her first kitten shots and flea prevention. I bought her some kitten food and toys for her to play with at the store. Needless to say, she officially became mine. I named her Esther.
The majority of our pets were discarded in our neighborhood by people who didn’t want them. People are often “discarded” as well. Have you been discarded?
It could have been from your parents, siblings, your children or a spouse? Just like I saw Esther abandoned in the middle of the road, God sees you. His heart is calling out to you. He sees the tears, whether they be physical or silent, you cry. He knows of all the pain in your heart. He is speaking to you right now, just like I spoke to Esther.
Esther was alone and scared in the grass when I approached her with my extended hand. She had two choices at that point. She could have run away, but she chose to come to me and trust me. Esther’s spirit had to have been crushed from being left, but she didn’t let the poor choices of one human being affect her chance at happiness. She was obviously scared, but as vulnerable as she was, she saw me as a chance for something better than what she currently had.
God approaches you the same way, cautiously and carefully. He sees your vulnerability. He calls to your spirit softly. It’s as clear as if he called your name out loud as I called Esther to me. He wants to help you as I helped Esther. He wants to take care of you. You have two choices.
You can either run away or come to him. The Holy Spirit is how God calls you to him. God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is calling softly to your heart. He is never rude or obnoxious. God is always a gentleman. God gives you a free will. That is why I say you have choices. God doesn’t interfere with your will. Otherwise, you would be saved already and going to heaven, because God wants it to be so.
God doesn’t have to be forceful or rude. Read what it says in Romans 8:16,
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Have you ever responded to an altar call for salvation or seen someone go up front? It’s because God’s Spirit is testifying (or calling softly) to your spirit or their spirit. When you respond to God, you are coming to him trustingly like Esther did to me. Do you want something more and something better? Is God calling to you today? You don’t need to be in church to answer God’s call.
I don’t know what is going on in your life today, but God does. He wants to help you. He’s whispering to your heart right now. It doesn’t matter if you’d be a new believer or if you’re returning home. Won’t you respond to his call? Here’s how you come to God.
Believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, died for your sins and by believing in him, you have eternal life (John 3:16). Confess with your mouth that you believe Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that he died for you. See Romans 10:9
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Ask God to forgive you of your sins and to cleanse you with the blood of Jesus. It doesn’t matter where you are right now! STOP what you’re doing and repeat this prayer:
Father, I believe in my heart that Jesus is your Son, he died for my sins on the cross and he rose from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and ask him to come into my heart and life right now. Father, I ask that you forgive me of all sin and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus.
There is so much more I want to say, but don’t have the room and want to keep this simple. However, I don’t want to abandon you here. If you’d like, leave me a comment or send me an email that you prayed this prayer. I would love to hear from you and will pray for you. I saved Esther. God wants to save you.