Son Paul's Famous Hundred-Dollar Cat
A Word of Encouragement from Elizabeth Rice Handford
A stray calico cat had been hanging around the garage for several days. "Kids," I said sternly, "don't you dare feed that cat. If you do, she will think she belongs here, and we won't be able to get rid of her."
But I was far too late. From the day our seven-year-old found the stray calico cat behind the garage, he'd kept her supplied with milk and water and whatever table foods he thought she'd enjoy. He hadn't exactly sneaked the food out; he just found it convenient to wait until nobody was around to notice what he was doing.
You may not know this, but write it down as a confirmed fact: if you feed a stray cat for three whole days, there is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do to make it go away. I accepted the inevitable. Paul was the official owner of a cat. He named her "The Cat." All summer long he carted her around, no matter what he was doing.
"You love that cat, don't you, honey?"
"I do, Mother, I do."
"What do you like especially about her?"
"Everything. How she smiles at me. How her fur shines. How she loves me. She's my hundred-dollar cat."
"A hundred dollars? How could she be worth a hundred dollars?" I asked.
"Because I wouldn't take a hundred dollars for her."
And that settled it. The one who owns the cat decides its value.
And that's true about you! You know all about yourself-your failures and your inadequacies. You may feel self-conscious coming into the presence of God knowing how little you have to offer Him. You may feel like poor Job, bewildered by all his losses. He asked God, "What are mere mortals, that you should make so much of us?" (Job 7:17)
King David wondered the same thing:
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5
There is only one possible answer: The Lord Jesus loved you so much, valued you very much that He paid the ultimate price for your ransom. The value of the life is set by the One who owns you, and your price was incredibly high.
"For you know that God paid a ransom to save you . . .
and the ransom He paid was not mere gold or silver.
He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ,
the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18,19
The Lord God created the whole universe with just a few spoken words. But He couldn't redeem you with cheap stuff like silver and gold. Your eternal salvation was purchased by His terrible death and astonishing resurrection.
Yes, Paul's cat really was worth $100.00. How much more precious are you to God!