Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Old Junk Yard Dog

"I free you this day from the chains that were on your hand." (Jeremiah 40:4)

Two good ol’ boys went to the local junk yard to rummage for car parts. The owner told them to go out back and find what they needed, and then he would work out a price with them.

“You boys watch out for my dog,” he told them. “He’s out there to keep thieves from breaking in at night, so he shouldn’t bother you. But just in case, keep your eyes opened.”

The two went cautiously into the yard, more than a little concerned about running into the old man’s dog. Slowly working their way around, they came upon an old abandoned well. “How deep do you think it is?” one said to the other. “I don’t know,” he replied, “let’s throws a brick down it and see how long it takes to hit the bottom.” They never heard it hit.

Seeing an old car battery nearby they threw it down the well, thinking a heavier object would be easier to hear. Still no sound. “Hey, let’s throw this old engine block down the well,” one said., “it’s so heavy we’re bound to hear it hit bottom.”

As soon as they dropped the engine, the junk yard dog came racing from around an old wreck. His teeth were glistening in the sun, his growl sounded like a crazed lion, his eyes were blood red with rage, and white foam was streaming from both sides of his mouth. He jumped right at the two men. Fortunately for them the dog missed and fell down in the well.

The old man, hearing all the racket, came out of the shop and asked, “Are you boys alright?”

“Yes sir," they answered.

“My dog didn’t bite you, did he? I heard him barking. Is everything OK?”

“Well, sir,” they replied, “we don’t know how to tell you this…but your dog just jumped down the well.”

The old man stared in disbelief, and then said, “No, that’s not possible. I had him chained up to an old engine block.”

What are you chained to today? If it goes down, are you going down with it? The Lord "sets you free this day from the chains that were upon your hands!" Walk in freedom, and leave the junk for others.

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