CHIPPIE the PARAKEET never SAW IT COMING. ONE MOMENT he was PERCHED PEACEFULLY in his CAGE and the NEXT MOMENT he was SUCKED IN, WASHED UP, and BLOWN OVER. The PROBLEMS BEGAN when CHIPPIE'S OWNER decided to CLEAN CHIPPIE'S CAGE with VACUUM CLEANER.
She REMOVED to PICK UP the PHONE. She had BARLEY said HELLO when "PHUMP" CHIPPIE got SUCKED IN. The BIRD OWNER GASPED, PUT DOWN the PHONE, TURNED OFF the VACUUM CLEANER and OPENED the BAG. There was CHIPPIE STILL ALIVE but STUNNED.
The BIRD was COVER with DUST and SOOT. She GRABBED him and RACED to the BATHROOM, TURNED ON the FAUCET and HELD CHIPPIE under the RUNNING WATER. Then REALIZING that CHIPPIE was SOAKED and CHIVERING she did what ANY COMPASSIONATE BIRD OWNER would do. She REACHED for the HAIR DRYER and BLASTED the PET with HOT AIR. POOR CHIPPIE never knew WHAT HIT HIM.
A few days after the TRAUMA the REPORTER who had PREVIOUSLY REPORTED on the EVENT CALLED to CHECKED and SEE HOW the BIRD was recovering.
" Well," She replied, " CHIPPIE doesn't SING MUCH ANYMORE. He just SITS and STARES. It's HARD NOT to SEE WHY."
SUCKED IN - WASHED UP - - and BLOWN OVER that's ENOUGH to STEAL the SONG from the STOUTEST of HEARTS. CHIPPIE is an ILLUSTRATION to us today of being DOWN and OUT?
As BELIEVERS in the LORD JESUS CHRIST the ENCOURAGEMENT that I want to BRING to us TODAY is this: just because we may be DOWN DOESN'T MEAN that we have to OUT.
That is TESTIMONY of CONFIDENCE. It says to us that WHEN we FACE the TROUBLES and the TRIALS of LIFE.----even the HARDEST TIMES of LIFE, when we GO TROUGH the BATTLE we MIGHT get KNOCKED DOWN but we DON'T have to GET KNOCKED OUT. We can RISE AGAIN every time. We can RISE AGAIN!
The SCRIPTURE declares in the BOOK of PROVERB 24:16: " The RIGHTEOUS MAN may FALL 7 TIMES but he GETS BACK UP AGAIN and the WORDS from the LORD TODAY is this: IF we are DOWN don't GET OUT!
DOWN but NOT OUT!