“One of my favorite stories is about a guy’s dog that fell into a dry well. The animal cried pitifully for hours as the guy tried to figure out what to do for his poor dog. Finally, he concluded that the well was too deep, and it really needed to be covered up anyway. Besides, the dog was old, and it would be a lot of trouble to get him out of the pit. The guy decided that it was not worth trying to retrieve the animal, so he asked his neighbors to help him fill in the well and bury the dog.
They all grabbed shovels and began to toss dirt into the well. The dog immediately realized what was happening, and he began to jump, cry, and whimper horribly. Crying would be our normal response if somebody was mistreating us this badly, so this dog was responding the same way we would at first, but then he got real quiet. A few shovel loads of dirt later, the guy looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit the dog’s back, the dog would shake it off and step on top of it.
As the neighbors and the guy continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon the dog shook off the last shovel full of dirt, took a step up, and walked right out of the well. We can learn so much from this story. When trouble comes, if we will get still and listen, God will tell us what to do.”
I read this yesterday Joyce Meyer’s devotion and wanted to share as we all at times may deal with things thrown at us, on us, times when we are hurt by others, and things that are unfair, unjust or unkind. Keep pressing on, shake off those troubles that come our way that you may rise above them all.
*The original story is about a donkey and is from the Bible App daily devotional as well as her book ‘New Day, New You’ by Joyce Meyer