Sandy’s Rescue

 •  2 min. read  •  grade level: 5
Ann was playing on the railroad track not far from her house. It was fun to jump from one wooden tie to another, and then to try to walk up on the tracks without losing her balance. Her little dog Sandy was playing with her, too.
Sandy did not know why Ann thought it was so much fun to try to walk on the tracks without losing her balance and falling off, but he was barking and having a good time because he liked to be with Ann.
Ann’s mother was busy in the basement washing clothes, and did not know that her little girl was playing in such a dangerous place.
"Toot! Toot!" Away in the distance a train was coming, but Ann was having so much fun that she did not hear it. "Toot! Toot!" it whistled again as it came nearer; and it began to clang a big bell to warn Ann to get off the tracks.
Sandy heard it first and quickly scooted off the tracks. Then Ann looked up and saw the big engine coming down upon her with all its noise and smoke. Oh! how it frightened her! Instead of running away Ann was so frightened that she just could not move!
The engineer was trying to stop the big train as fast as he could, but he knew that he would not be able to stop soon enough. So he whistled and whistled, and rang his bell. But still poor little Ann just stood upon the track with her eyes wide with fear!
Then, just in time, before the big engine struck her, something else fairly flew through the air and knocked her away, sending her rolling and tumbling down the gravelly bank!
It was her faithful little playmate—Sandy! Sandy had just reached her in time, for before he himself could jump away from the tracks the train bumped him, and sent him rolling down the bank after Ann. But the brave little dog was not badly hurt for he only had a few bruises.
How Ann loved Sandy for saving her from such a dreadful death!
Have you heard what Someone else had done to rescue you? God’s awful judgment upon sin is death—everlasting death and punishment in hell! And oh, we all deserve to die, for we all have sinned! But the Lord Jesus loved us so that He came and took God’s punishment for our sin before it could fall upon us. The Lord Jesus died that we might live forever!
Have you been "rescued" yet? "The Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither is His ear heavy that it cannot hear." (Isaiah 59:1).
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36).