On a beautiful horse farm in Kentucky, a tiny AKC registered Irish setter puppy was born. He was perfect and his owner loved him. One day a man came by looking for work and the owner felt he was unsavory and sent him on his way. After he left, they found that their beloved puppy was missing. The owner looked for them both, but to no avail.
The man who had taken the puppy was named Hurley and he found work at a salvage yard as the night watchman. He trained the puppy to be a guard dog and named him ‘Dog.’ It was a dirty place and as Dog grew, he became very scruffy and untidy looking. His long fur became clumped and matted. The man tried to make him mean but the nature bred into him was to be kind and loving. He had to bark when ever there were intruders or Hurley would prod him with a long ugly stick. He was kept in a cage all day with no food or drink, and when he was let out at night he was fed dry dog food and water out of a dirty dish. The man was not one to be kind and somehow the dog knew that this was not the life he was meant to live.
Each day was misery as Dog tried to sleep with all the noise of the busy salvage yard. The nights were worse as he was kept moving by the lazy night watchman prodding him with a long stick. He desired to be free. Nothing felt right and he was in deep despair. Every night as he patrolled the fence, he looked for a way of escape.
One late afternoon, a well-dressed man came to the salvage yard. Hurley was just getting Dog out of the cage and preparing to feed him. The man took one look at the scruffy mess of a dog and recognized the fine lines of a champion. Deep inside he begin to wonder if this was his lost puppy. He addressed Hurley and asked about the sorry-looking animal. Hurley looked at him and narrowed his eyes and rasped, “What do you want to know for?” The man replied, “How much do you want for him?” Hurley almost shouted, “He is not for sale!” The gentleman looked at him and said, “Would you take $200?” Greed lit a fire in the grubby man’s heart and he pondered for a moment. “Why do you want this ugly dog?” The man in the suit replied, “I’d like to give him a better life.” “Well,” Hurley said,” you can give me a better life also. I’ll sell him to you for $1000!” As the suit reached for his wallet, he said “Done!” and peeled off ten $100 bills. Hurley took the money and growled, “I shoulda asked for $3000!”
The gentleman opened his car door and beckoned the scruffy sad dog to get in, but he hung back. Hurley got out his prod and poked at the ugly critter and said, “Dog, go!” and waved the stick toward the car. With his tail between his legs, he nervously got in the back seat of the Cadillac Escalade and laid down on the floor. The motor started and his new owner drove through the gates and out of the prison
The new owner’s name was Franklin and he owned a horse farm not far away. He knew in his heart that the pitiful hound was his lost puppy. He took him home and called the vet and the groomers. After a dog spa day and a compete medical check up, the dog felt strange. He saw other beautiful dogs that were being petted and loved. He longed to be one of them, but he knew it could never be. He was from a different world. The spa day had resulted in all of his matted fur being removed. Now he was bald and even uglier than before and he was embarrassed. He slunk into the breeding barn and found a horse blanket in a back corner and laid down, content to be alone, clean and away from the hated man and the salvage yard.
Time passed and the owner had the dog tested and found that he was indeed the lost litter pup. They named him Champion of the Overcomers and registered his blood line. From then on “Champ” was his name though it took Champ awhile to recognize he was being called. Franklin taught him to play and took him for long runs in the beautiful meadows. He felt their love. His new owner sat on the grass and held him and petted him. His fur grew out and he looked so different. He felt brand new. This is who the lost dog was meant to be. He was a beautiful pedigreed champion with perfect classic lines. Champ was groomed regularly. Franklin began to train him for an upcoming dog show. He would be a real surprise to the local kennel crowd.
Champ loved the attention and responded to the commands with joy. When he went through the paces at the contest, he swept the awards winning his class and ‘Best of Show.’ Franklin and his family were proud of him and he was very happy. So the ugly ‘junk yard’ dog became a true Champion with ribbons and trophies and experienced his true life. He knew he was born for this.
We, too, are made for greatness and for the One who owns us. We have fallen so far below the privilege of who He created us to be and we live in pain, lack, and despair. Broken relationships make trusting others difficult. Deep within each of us there is a desire – an ache to be more. We don’t know how to get there but we know somewhere there is an answer. We look for more, but the desire has grown distant. We try drugs, alcohol, sex and food to cover our pain only to find our drug of choice only makes things worse. And just like Dog, we have a Hurley or several Hurleys in our lives to tell us we are worthless and keeps us moving through the junk yard of despair.
So,” who will rescue us from this life” of pain and broken dreams? Thank God, He sent Jesus Christ to redeem us out of despair, to fulfill our lost desire and bring us back to our Great Father who loves us and wants us to love Him in return. He has a beautiful life for anyone who will draw near.
Now I want you to know that this is not the ‘religion’ that your parents tried to shove down your throat. This is a relationship with the great Creator God of the Universe. Contrary to popular press, He is a good God. His ‘loving kindness endures forever. You can trust HIm. You can know Him and He will talk to you. He already loves you.
So, where is He when you need Him?
He is waiting. The Bible says that those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved. And also, it tells us that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Just like the poor lost dog when he stepped into the Cadillac. He didn’t know that this step would set him free to be in an amazing relationship with his new owner.
Find out how much God loves you and that He is just waiting for you to call out to Him and move toward Him. Each of us comes to the realization of who He is in a different way. For you, it may be reading this post and realizing that there is more. For me, I was driving down the road, listening to a radio preacher when God took over his voice and I knew for sure that God was real. I just began to say, “I’m sorry Jesus. I just didn’t know. I didn’t know.” So it isn’t a formula, it is a heart thing. Ask Him to make Himself real to you and I promise that He will.
John 3:16 – 17 God so loved the world (put your name here), that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world (put your name here); but that the world (put your name here also) through Him might be saved.
Scriptures for further study:
Romans 10:11 & 13 10For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed. . . . 13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (You can be a whosoever today.)
Psalm 20:4 -5 May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your counsel! We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
Psalm 38:9 9 Lord, all my desire is [e]before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.
Psalm 107:27-31 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man, And were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. 29 He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. 30 Then they were glad because they were quiet, So He guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! NASB
Psalm 145:19 He will fulfill the desire of those who fear (this means to regard Him with respect and awe) Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. NASB
Proverbs 10:24 What the wicked fears will come upon him, But the desire of the righteous will be granted. NASB
Proverbs 13:19a Desire realized is sweet to the soul. . . NASB
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. NASB