My sister Kathy had just gotten married and moved away. Our little family pet Chihuahua named “Baby” belonged to her so she took it with her. On my sister Sharon’s next birthday I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She told me she wanted a Chihuahua, so I visited our local pet store. The owner told me he had a beautiful little Chihuahua, but that it had been mistreated. He said, “if you will love it, and feed and water it, it will make a good pet.” He brought it out to me in a box. I carried it home and released it in a room and immediately it ran under a piece of furniture. Although I fed and watered it for over a week, it would not let me pet it.
After that week had passed, I looked at it and said, “today is your day, I will pet you today!” I tried to pick it up and it snapped at me. I put on some thick gloves and cornered the little, frightened animal. When I picked it up, it bit me on the knuckle and broke a tooth. Blood was coming from the corner of its mouth, so I put it down and again it ran and hid. I said, “okay, if that’s the way you want it, you’re going back to the pet store tomorrow.” As I turned to walk out of the room, I heard the Lord say, “Some people are like that!” I stopped in my tracks and said, “What do you mean Lord?” He said; “I want to take them up in my arms, love them, and hold them, but they hurt themselves and run away from me and hide.” I stood there crying and thinking about God’s love for those that have been wounded. God has a desire to “pick us up, love us, and hold us.” Will you allow the Lord to have a loving relationship with you today? He’s waiting with open arms…just call on Him.
Rev. D. Tony Willis