Snoopy in the Clothes Dryer
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One summer, four kittens were born on our family’s small farm. Since they lived outdoors, they often cuddled together in the straw-lined wooden house my dad and brothers built for them. Sometimes, because they liked the warmth that came out of our clothes dryer vent, they would also huddle together near it when the dryer was running.
One busy fall morning, I stepped outside to take a short break. It wasn’t long before my sister Joy, who had gone out just a minute before I did, came rushing up to me with a worried look on her face.
“Snoopy is stuck in the dryer vent!” she exclaimed. (Snoopy got his name because of his constant curiosity.)
Not ready to believe that he would do such a thing, I looked toward the vent, thinking perhaps he had stuck his head inside in an attempt to get closer to the warmth and see what interesting things there might be for a cat to see in there. But no, he was in the dryer vent with only his back legs and tail hanging out. My sister hurried over to him and was just about to pull him gently out, when he disappeared from view completely! One of my brothers knelt on the ground and felt around for him, but he was out of reach. Meanwhile, I went back in the house and told Mom. She was just about to turn the dryer on, but stopped.
Back outside, we called his name, hoping maybe he would change his mind and back out, but that idea didn’t work.
While my sister and brothers stayed outside to make sure none of the other kittens followed him, Mom and I went into the house and downstairs to see where in the dryer vent hose he was. We wanted to disconnect the hose to get him out. We knew that he had innocently followed his instincts, trying to stay warm. We also knew that what looked to him like a warm place to stay was actually a trap. Without our help, he had no chance of re-gaining his freedom.
When we got downstairs, he had already traveled through most of the hose and was heading toward the dryer itself. Upstairs we went again. Mom pulled the dryer forward so I could crawl over and then behind it to unscrew the hose from the dryer at the top where we believed he would be. When I removed the hose, I looked down it and listened. There was no sign or sound of Snoopy anywhere.
Mom trudged back down the stairs, thinking maybe he had fallen backward and was struggling in a lower part, but she couldn’t feel or hear him moving down there, either. Then she told me to look in the dryer itself. There he was, about a foot in, as far in as he could possibly go, unable to move either forward or backward. Snoopy was TRAPPED!
I wonder if any of you reading this story find yourselves trapped like Snoopy. Of course, you’re not stuck in the back of a clothes dryer, but maybe you are trapped in a maze of sin and guilt. You started out doing things you told yourself were harmless, but little by little you got deeper and deeper into sin. Now, you know you’re in trouble, and you cannot get yourself out. Because God is just, He cannot overlook sin. He must judge your sin. The good news is that I was in your shoes once, too. There is hope for you, as there was for me!
“Snoopy!” I called. I could see him wiggling, but he was very quiet and probably very scared. Reaching in, I grabbed his hind legs and gently pulled out a very dust-covered and bewildered kitten. I was happy to have him back. Later, we put wire over the vent so that no more kittens could get trapped.
Like Snoopy, you need a Savior. God loves you and has provided a way for you to escape His wrath and the consequence you will have to face for your sin—eternal punishment in the lake of fire. About 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son, Jesus, to earth. Jesus died a cruel death on a cross, was buried, and rose again, defeating death and forever freeing everyone who will trust in Him. If you turn to God for help, believing that Jesus’ work on the cross was for you, God will accept Jesus’ sacrifice as payment for your sin.
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“For the Son of man [Jesus] is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Will you let Him free you?