It was morning again. Wiping grimy hands across my eyes, I stumbled from the shed I’d been sleeping in. I knew that if I didn’t hurry up, I’d get a beating. Ignoring the rumbling from my midsection, I made my way over to where the buckets were sitting. It took all my strength just to lift them and carry them over to the pigpen. Before I dumped them in, I tried to see if there was anything in the bucket that I could filch without getting in trouble. Was anyone watching? Look, there in the bucket was a beautiful ear of corn… just 2 worms and it was still half covered with kernels! Grabbing it up, I flicked off the worms and devoured the kernels. Far from satisfied, but realizing that taking more would earn me a beating, I dumped the buckets into the trough to let the hogs eat. After I scrubbed the buckets and returned them to their place, I dropped to the ground to watch the pigs eat.
How did I end up in this condition? I hadn’t always lived this way. Pain shot through my stomach as I remembered all the good things I’d had at home growing up. Even the hired help ate better in those days than I was eating now! I sat in a hunger-induced stupor, dreaming of pies, cakes, roasting meat, and bread dripping with butter, cold milk to drink, fresh tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, roasted corn… I shook my head desperately trying to clear away the thoughts, and then absently drew a shaky hand across my mouth to wipe away the drool that the thoughts of food had caused. Flies buzzed around my head, but waving them away was too much effort – they’d just be back again. I smelled like a pigpen!
And then, the thought came! I could go home! Maybe if I went and confessed how wrong I had been, they would let me stay and work there. At least I would have food to eat… and a clean place to sleep… and clean clothes… I got to my feet, hope and adrenaline surging through me to give me strength to put my plan into action.
It took me several days, but I finally was close to home. I had been rehearsing my speech as I walked. As I got to the turn off in the road that led to my father’s house, someone came running to meet me. That’s DAD! Stunned, I stood there as he came and hugged me… smelly, grimy and filthy as I was… he hugged me! I started to tell him how sorry I was and that I just wanted a job, but, he called to people and told them to take me and give me new clothes, and to let me take a bath and to feed me, and that he was going to throw a celebration dinner because I was home! He said it was because to them I had been dead, and now I was alive again! It was incredible and overwhelming, but oh so wonderful!
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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