Articles by Stan Dean

Someone Who Understands Us

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At some time you have probably heard this well-worn story. I do not know if it is true- - but the message of it certainly rings true to all of us.


We are told that a storeowner put a sign in his window that read, “Puppies For Sale.” It quickly garnered a lot of attention, especially among the kids. Soon a little boy came in and asked the owner the price of the puppies. “Oh, they range anywhere from $30 to $50” the owner replied.


“I do not have that much,” the boy answered, “but could I just see them?” “Sure,” the owner said as he whistled toward the kennel. Out came the mama and ran toward the two of them with a litter of little fur balls in tow.


There was one little puppy that was lagging considerably behind the others that possessed an obvious limp. The boy gravitated toward that one immediately and asked, “How much for this one.” “Oh, you do not want that one,” the storeowner cautioned. “I had him examined by a veterinarian when he was born and learned that he does not have a hip socket. He will always limp and not be able to run and play like other dogs, so I’m sure he is not the one for you.”


“I want him,” the boy insisted as he pulled $2.37 from his pocket. “I’ll give you this now and 50 cents a month until he is paid for.” The owner was taken aback and said, “Look, if he is the one you want, I’ll just give him to you.” The boy quickly protested, “I do not want you to give him to me! He is worth just as much as the other dogs and I’ll pay you full price.”


“But why this dog?” asked the owner. The boy reached down and pulled up his pants leg revealing a crippled left leg supported by a brace. He then said with a smile, “Well, I don’t run so well myself, and this little puppy will need someone who understands him.”


The spiritual application? We have a Savior who understands us- - and what a blessing! The Bible tells us: “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrew 4:15).