A farmer had some puppies he needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising
the pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard.
As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his
overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. "Mister," he
said, "I want to buy one of your puppies."
"Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his
neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of
The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into his
pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. "I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?"
"Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle, "Here,
Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly
followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face
against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight.
As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something
else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared;
this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat
awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its
best to catch up... "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to
The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want
that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these
other dogs would."
With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and
began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel
brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially
made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer, he said, "You see sir, I don't
run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands."
God knows what you may be going through and don't forget He is the one who
created you. God loves you and thinks of you often. Never let anyone
tell you that God does not care about you or love you.
says "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the
sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the
sand: when I awake, I am still with thee." Be encouraged and know that
God is with you and He is your perfect strength when you are in need.