There is a saying that even a child can lead a bull by the nose on a rope. The bull is big and strong, the child is small and weak, but even so, it is possible. Sin is like the chain that the enemy tied and leads us by. Even a little sin can hold the strongest man.
THE LITTLE WHITE DOG
There was a village, in that village there was a very poor house. It was an old wooden house that needed many repairs. It was surrounded by an old fence in bad shape too. The house belonged to the poorest family in the village. They owned only a very small field of poor soil quality at the edge of a forest. So, they were poor and had no money. The man of the house needed a guard dog, but he could not afford to buy a proper guard dog. He had only enough money to buy a little white puppy, who was not a guard dog at all. The farmer put the puppy outside, tied him to a chain and put him in a dog house. The farmer wanted to train that little white dog to become a guard dog. The puppy was too small and too young to be a guard dog. He really wanted to play with children and be held by someone. He was all alone and scared. He was cold and lonely. He was tied to a chain, he could not run away, even if he tried. When he heard someone pass by on the other side of the fence, and he could not see who it was, he would bark, because he was afraid.
No one thought much of it or paid any attention to the little white dog. Everyone in the village understood the role he was to play. Maybe with time he will become a guard dog, when he grows up and learns, the farmer thought.
But one time something strange happened. Someone from outside the village was passing by the house on the road. And he did not know the story of the little white dog. As usual, as soon as the dog heard someone go by, he started to bark. But this time, something new happened. Instead of ignoring the dog, the stranger stopped and looked inside the fence. There he saw the little white dog in his true predicament and he had pity on him. He could see beyond what was on the surface. He saw the puppy for what it truly was – a little white dog, all alone, afraid, and wanting to be loved by someone.
The stranger went around the fence to see more of the dog. As he was slowly coming closer, the little white dog at first barked even more and jumped on the chain. But it did not discourage the stranger, he was still slowly coming closer. Then suddenly the little white dog ran to hide inside his house and was sitting quietly, shaking, and hoping that no one can see him there. The stranger slowly came even closer and looked inside the dog house. The little white dog never before experience anything like this. The stranger spoke gently and softly, and reached out his hand to him. The little white dog did not know what to do. He was very unsure. But the stranger did not give up. Finally something broke inside the little white dog and he slowly yet very carefully came out of his house to the stranger, who was so kind to him. The stranger reached out his hand and slowly started to pet him. The little white dog was not yet sure if he can trust the stranger. No one was so kind to him or showed him such love before. But he felt so happy. He wanted more and more, and that it never ends. He wanted the stranger to stay with him forever. But the stranger had to go and so he slowly yet surely left. The little white dog looked at the stranger go away with great sadness and longing. He was all alone again.
Yet shortly after something else happened. The little white dog saw the stranger come back. As soon as he recognized him, he was so happy. He did not bark at the stranger at all. Instead he wiggled his little white tail to welcome the stranger. When the stranger came closer, he ran to him. He was so happy to see the stranger. The stranger was happy to see the little white dog too. The stranger took the little white dog into his arms and untied the chain off his neck. Then, still holding the little white dog in his arms, the stranger walked with him away.
Often in life we see someone behave like this little white dog tied to a chain. No matter how or who tied them to this chain, be it sin or the enemy, underneath they really long to be free.
The little white dog in the story is us. The stranger is the Messiah who came to love us and set us free.
The good news is that we are no longer in bondage, the chains are broken, and we are set free from our prisons. This is not only for a select few, but for everyone. So, the next time you see someone who is mean to you, perhaps they are only lonely, afraid, and needing of someone to love them.