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Have you ever heard the story of the farmer and the dog? Where the dog jumps into a well, in which there is no rope, or bucket, no pulley system in place for the dog to be rescued and pulled back onto the normal ground. The farmer then makes a rash decision to just cut his loss. So, he grabs a shovel and starts shoveling dirt into the well to bury the dog. Except the dog is still very much alive and determined to get out of that well somehow, someway. And with his dog-like instincts, and wit, he quickly decides to use the dirt as a steppingstone, using every inch that falls as a boost to reach the top. And as more and more dirt keeps falling on his head, the dog just keeps shaking it off, letting it fall into place, all while creating more and more of a pathway upward toward the light of the sky.
Well the more and more I become a follower of Jesus, the more and more curiosity has set in for me. The curiosity is also leading me to want to become a Pastor of a church someday. So, I have discovered that in this path that I choose, I must seek wisdom and guidance from others.
Anyway, though there are a lot of great Christian Pastors that I have discovered on the Internet, such as Steven Furtick, T.D. Jakes, and Pastor Allen Jackson, amongst others. This story came from a sermon I found online from a guy named Tony Evens. It could a true story, perhaps a biblical one that I myself have not come across yet. Nonetheless, it is indeed a metaphor.
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I CAN EXPLAIN HOW.
The dog climbing out of the well using the dirt that is being thrown on him by the farmer can be described like this:
The dog was tempted by a dark hole in the ground. He could not resist the urge to jump in and see what all the fuss was about. Could the dog have been persuaded by the farmer, who insisted on destroying the dog? Seeing the dog as vulnerable to his evil ways. Trying to keep the dog down by continuing to throw dirt on the pup.
The dog however, showed courage despite the spite he’s been smitten, and persevered through all of the dirt that has been thrown at his head, and came up with a new plan to conquer his enemy’s wrath, and use it to his advantage in effort to get out of that whole on his way back to the light that he sought to be more soothing to his soul.
You see, whether you are a believer of Christ Jesus, Christian, or no matter what religion, or even not a follower at all, we as humans can relate to this dog. We were put on this earth by someone, whom in which is God. And it is that God who wants us to reach the Heavens, and by that, I don’t mean just go to Heaven when you die. No, God created us to do Heavenly things on this earth. He wants us to live with our spirits high like the heavens every single day of our lives.
But then there is this Satan fella, who is an Enemy of God. Think of Satan as the Farmer in this case. It is Satan who comes and tries to destroy God’s plan for us by tempting us with Sin, or things that we think are fun. Then he keeps throwing dirt on the situation, or us for that matter, in an effort to keep us down.
It is then, that we are faced with two choices. We can either be like the dog, and look at the dirt as a blessing, or we can become discouraged by all the dirt, and just let it bury us deeper and deeper until it is too late.
Too many of us choose to let the dirt bury us these days and let Satan win. Yet we complain too much about not being happy. We have the wrong ideas about what that dirt really can represent. Just like the wrong idea of going to Heaven when we die. It’s not that easy folks. There is so much more to it. Perhaps it’s all for another story, but it is the Truth.
I’ll tell you this though. You may ask, Well, why does God allow Satan to do these things to us? Why doesn’t he just take him in the back alley and beat him up? Because it is not his job to beat him, it is our job to defeat Satan. So, God will allow Satan or just bad people in general into our lives, and allow them to throw dirt on us as a Test to see how we respond. It’s those adversities such as the dirt that we face on a day to day basis in which God wants to see how we react. How will we get out, when we feel trapped?
Matter of fact, God already beat Satan once when he brought his son Christ Jesus back to life after Satan crucified him on the cross. Though it was God himself who allowed this to happen to his own son, he did it for a reason. To let Satan himself know that he does not have the Final Say. It is God who only has the Final Answer.
Thank of it as if God was a General of an Army, and we are his troops. He puts us all through that obstacle course that Military men and women must go through to prepare us for battle. His intent is not to hurt us, He will protect us, but still must put us out on the front lines to see what we are made of while facing the enemy. He wants to see how we dodge the bullets being shot at us, how we use the dirt that is being thrown at us. He wants to see if we will sink or swim.
He wants us to be creative with our obstacles, and distractions. He purposely does these things to us so that we can find the purpose that he has for us. And that Purpose is to persevere through any and all the toughest of situations. To dust the dirt that is thrown on our shoulders, using it as a stepping stone for the next scoop of dirt to come our way.
Did I just reveal the meaning of life? Probably not, but My point is, we are at war every day of our lives. This is how life ran pretty much before our time anyway. People had to fight in wars whether they wanted to or not, in order to establish their ground. Except we are not at war with others, at least not for the most part. We are at war with ourselves. It is a fight within us just to keep ourselves from drowning. And it is that fight we must face whether we want to or not, and we must always find ways to survive.
You see, God wants his people to remain courageous through our wars within ourselves.
He doesn’t want us to be discouraged and keep dragging around any dirt that is thrown our way. The dirt we drag we let get on us will only slow us down and keep us from reaching the top. After all, we all must always believe that we can reach the top and touch the stars. Remember, God created us to reach the Heavens, but he didn’t make it easy. He knew there was a Bad guy lurking down below, but he instilled a Holy Spirit in us to lift us High above the darkness of the bottom. He did, however, leave it up to us to find that spirit in our souls. It is there, but sometimes it just takes a leap of faith to find out.
Do you know the game Double Dare that is on the Nickelodeon Television channel? Kind of like a much more fun version of the Military obstacle course, but it was set up with boobytrap like things that made you must guess which the best path is to take to get through the course. It wasn’t meant to harm you in any way, just set you back a little if you made the wrong choice and encountered one of those boobytraps. I think that is the game that God is really playing with us. It’s as if he is pushing us through this wild and crazy, wacky obstacle course of life, in which at the end of the day we will all be ok, yet he challenges us to take that leap of faith every day on our way to an even better finish.
I know this all sound very cliché to some of you, but please stay with me on this one. I wrote the last paragraph to explain to you that there really is indeed truth to it all. Once upon a time, long, long ago, before you and I were born, these things really happened. It is no Fairytale. Several people wrote about a lot of those experiences back in those days, in which a lot of those stories still ring true now even. And it was formed into a big book called the Holy Bible. Again, maybe the story about the farmer and the dog is in there somewhere too, but even if it is not, the moral of the story for sure is made its way through a phycological realm of sorts, and somehow made its way into the mind, body, and soul in all of us.
We, believers, call it The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, which if you think about it, it is the same way the mind, body, and soul work. God created Mankind, but God is not seen, but as of a thought, just like our minds. God sent his Son to live among us in Human form in Christ Jesus, in which he had a Body like ours. Then we all have a soul deep inside all of us that can best be described as our power source that controls the mind and body, or dig this, gives us the ability to have authority as a Father would, and at the same time uses our bodies in play as a son, or a child would. This is our spirit working inside of us. It is the Holy One who makes us Whole.
I hope this gives you a better sense of perspective of the Farmer and the Dog. Though it itself may be a fairytale, the moral of the story is that God only wants us to live a Holy life that is True, and to stop living in the dirt that is thrown, and have faith in your own heart and soul that Christ is real after all, because he lives in all of us.
How will you persevere?
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