“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 nothing.
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.”
Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done… and the devil keeps throwing it up in your face …whatever it is….you need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing….. He 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.”
I was recently sent this familiar story by a very sweet friend. Although it starts out kind of elementary, I think the ending is very impactful and descriptive. The truth does set you free when you confess and repent of your sin and you are no longer working to hide your sin, however you can be a slave to the guilt and shame of your sins as well if you don’t accept the grace that God generously gives. Satan certainly doesn’t want anyone to be free of their guilt and shame because he knows how debilitating it is.
If you are struggling with failures, as I do, I hope this little story stirs in you some anger, as it has me, for Satan’s attempts to hold us down/back/under. He has done enough damage, don’t you think? Let’s encourage one another so that he can’t have another minute, another inch, another victory at our cost! Enough.