Our black dog is highly intelligent and easily bored, he is always up to something! To keep him out of trouble, we confined him to different areas around our home; but like Harry Houdini, he escapes every time. We now think it’s best to keep him in chains. This dog is guilty of so many things: he climbs on the roof and chews on the Internet wires; he frolics by the clothes line and eats pieces of clothing swaying in the breeze; and at night time, he paws open the gate to go on a rampage, overturning garbage bins in our neighbourhood.
We find ourselves watching him and his doggy ways, and keeping our fingers crossed. We can only relax when he is in chains. Despite all this, I’ve learned a few things from this black dog who seems willing to be chained up each time. He submits because I am his master. I observe that while in chains, his loving nature has not changed at all; he is always happy to see me. This black dog seems to forget about the chains and tries to jump up to greet me. I know he does not enjoy being tied up, since the chains can be a nuisance, but he seems to endure them because his master puts him there.It appears that this black dog sees himself separate from the chains, he doesn’t view them as punishment or affliction.
While chained up, this dog still wants to play, he tries to rub himself against me, and he still thinks he deserves a pat on his head. Despite his chains, he still enjoys life.Today, many persons are “chained” physically and emotionally . . . they are bound by illness, grief, confinement to a wheelchair or room, hatred, an abusive past, etc. How do you overcome your chains, even when they are still there?
- Can you ever be like this black dog, and submit to our master – the Lord God, knowing that He will never allow us to go through anything we cannot bear? Will you endure and not give up hope?
- Can you start being happy and not focus on the chains alone? Will you be thankful for the good things God is doing?
- Can you start seeing yourself separate from the chains? For example, you’re a beautiful and valuable person, not worthless and rejected like your chains say you are. Will you start enjoying life again? The only person I know that can help break every chain is the Lord Jesus Christ. When you surrender to him, he will strengthen you. And if ye continue in his word, ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed!!!!! (John 8:31 – 32 & 36).