This story takes place in a small village located in southern Asia, where the people of the village know that at any moment they must retreat from their homes, due to the number of terror groups in these areas.
This village is small, about thirty in number, and resources are limited. There is one who lives there, who plays the role of a Mayor, yet has been more like a Father to the community. The villagers love and trust this man, he’s always been there to help. In the village there is also an elderly man who has took it upon himself to raise a young orphan. These two are very much loved by the Mayor, and the Mayor and this elderly man have been close for some time now.
One morning, off in the far distance a villager spots a line of trucks heading toward their village. Right away they know they must flee for their lives. The mayor puts everyone on a small bus, he has an exit strategy. The Mayor helps the elderly man up the steps to his seat and at the moment they both realize the child isn’t there. Looking out the window they see the child far off, playing at the edge of the water hole. “Mayor, save my child”, the elderly man pleads. The Mayor quickly gets out and starts calling for the boy. No answer. There is limited time and the enemy convoy is getting closer. Mayor sees a dog in the far distance. This dog has a reputation for being aggressive in nature. The boy is positioned about half-way, between the dog and the Mayor. There’s no time! The Mayor lets out a sharp whistle. The dog hears the whistle, sees the child and starts running toward him. The boy takes notice of the approaching dog and stands up. The dog clamps down on the boy’s arm, the boy lets out a shriek and after some fighting he gets loose and bolts toward the Mayor. The Mayor draws close snatches the boy up, the dog flees, and the boy is brought back and placed on the bus just in time. They quickly depart from the village and find safety from the enemy.
Although the villagers hated to see this young kid attacked by the dog, deep down they were glad the Mayor did what he did in order to bring the boy to safety.
We, who have accepted and believed in Jesus, have been given the right to become children of God. We don’t always understand why things happen, and we only see in part.
1 Corinthians 13
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
May God bless you today, and may you know you are already blessed in so many ways. As a child of his, may you see the blessing in that.
Praise be to God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.