by Kathy Freeman
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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A little girl named Katie was playing, near the barn on her father’s farm. She suddenly noticed a deer nearby. A beautiful fawn, so graceful and
free, she followed it into the nearby wooded area.
Mesmerized, Katie didn’t realize how far away
she had strayed from familiar surroundings. Katie had been so careful not to frighten the animal, wanting to get as close as possible. But in doing so, the beautiful fawn became startled and ran away.
It was late afternoon by this time and she knew that she had to hurry home, for her father would be worried. When she turned around to head back, she realized that she had lost her sense of direction, with no clue as to which way she needed to go.
As her heart began to beat harder and faster, she began to cry. She started walking, in what she thought was the right direction. Only to realize, she was totally lost. Katie sat down on an old fallen tree trunk and began to
Her thoughts began to run wild. “What if my Daddy can’t find me? I’ve really done it, now! It ‘s getting darker! I’m not safe here! Oh why, did I stray away from my father?”
The minutes seemed like hours. The sun was beginning to go down, and the sounds of the night were almost deafening. The level of fear was almost more than she could bear. Wondering if anyone could hear, she began to cry out as loudly as she could. “Daddy! Can you hear me? Can you see me? Help me!”
This continued on until she was totally exhausted and was losing her voice. Thinking to herself, “How could I have done this? I was told not too. Now, I have been disobedient and have really done this time!” He is really going to
be so angry now!
In a moment of silence, she thought that she had heard someone’s voice. She listened closely. It was her father’s voice! Once again, she began to scream at the top of her lungs, “Daddy, here I am! Help me!” Daddy! Over here! She heard a response, “Don’t move Katie! I’ll be right there!
The frighten daughter leaped into her father’s arms and wrapped her arms tightly around his neck exclaiming, “I’m so sorry Daddy. I disobeyed!
You told me not to stray away and I did it anyway. And, now I’m in this mess! I won’t do it again! I’ve learned my lesson! I am so sorry! Please forgive me!
Her father gathered her up in his arms, and turned to head home. He began to speak, saying, “I was so worried about you when I realized that you were missing! I’m so glad you’re safe! I prayed for your protection. Why did you stray away?
Katie began to explain everything that happened. Still crying, she said, “Will you forgive me, Daddy? “Yes Katie, I forgive you,” said her father. “Do you still love me, Daddy?” Yes, Katie, I love you very, very much.
“I love you, too Daddy,” said Katie. Then her father said, “Let’s go home.”
Oh, how may times in my adult life, acting like a little child, I strayed away from my Heavenly Father.” The evil one is so clever about putting
things or people in our path to distract us in any way that he can to cause me to stumble and fall. “Dressing it up” to the point that I think, “I have to have that!”
Sometimes, so cleverly disguised that I did not see the traps that were placed before me. Before I realized it, I was tangled in a web of sin that I could not get out of on my own.
Lost, once again to the world, I would cry out to my Heavenly Daddy. He is always faithful to listen and restore me. Feeling totally helpless as a little child, I call on the only one, who can help me. Knowing that when I sin, my Father cannot look on what I am doing. But, no matter the circumstances, Jesus has always interceded for me, trying to steer me back to where I need to be and that is in God’s will.
You see, He does not force Himself on anyone.
It is always a choice I have to make, to love and obey Him. And when this helpless child cries out, in anguish and repentance over what I’ve have done, He is faithful to forgive and restore me, time and time again.
What an awesome, loving and forgiving God, He is. Words cannot describe what He has done for me and what He has done in my life.
Thank you, Daddy! I love you!
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God Romans 8:15,16
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A good story on a favorite topic of mine -- Daddy God. There's a spelling error "more than I could bare" (should be bear) and also the sentence with "ALWAYS intercedes," it needs a grammatical adjustment. Nice story!