& the Devil
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents
on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the
woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit
the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for
dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet
duck. Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit
the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile,
only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said
After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally,
let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted
to help in the kitchen." Then she whispered to
him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing
and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right
because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again,
"Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores
and Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he had
killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said,
"Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window; and I saw
the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how
long you would let Sally make a slave of you."
Thought for the day and every day
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have
done...and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face
(lying, cheating, debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness,
etc.)...whatever it is...you need to know that God was standing at the
window and He saw the whole thing.
God has seen your whole life. He wants you to know
that He loves you and that you are forgiven. He's just wondering how long you will let the
devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for
forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He forgets!
It is by God's grace and
mercy that we are saved. Go ahead and make the difference in someone's life today. Share this
with a friend and always remember: God is at the window.
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(posted 18 August 2007)