The Duck

An allegory about unconfessed sin.

A young boy was visiting his grandparents on their farm, and was playing with a slingshot his grandfather gave him. He practiced for quite a while in the woods, but no matter how hard he tried, he could never hit what he was aiming at. After a while he became discouraged and decided to head back to the house.

As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck. Out of impulse, he took a shot and hit the duck square in the head, killing it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.

After lunch that day grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today, didn’t you Johnny?” And then she whispered to him, “Remember, the duck?”

So Johnny did the dishes. Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing, and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” But Sally smiled and said, “Well, that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.” and she whispered again, “Remember, the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed behind.

After several days of Johnny doing both his and Sally’s chores, he decided he couldn’t stand it any longer. He went to his Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, “Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I was wondering how long you would let Sally hold it over you.”

I don’t know what’s in your past. I don’t know what one sin the enemy keeps throwing up in your face. But whatever it is, I want you to know something. Jesus Christ was standing at the window. And He saw the whole thing. But because He loves you, He has forgiven you. Perhaps He’s wondering how long you’ll let the enemy make a slave out of you. The great thing about God is that He not only forgives, but He forgets. 

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