May I ask you a question? What is it about us that compels God’s love? Could it be that He continues to love us, even seek us out because of our weaknesses? Why does God, who sees us in our sinful state, hunched over and mourning for our sin, reach out for us and pick us up?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Over the years we’ve lived with a pack of dogs that has ranged in size from a miniature Dachshund to a full-size Chocolate Lab. Between the two, the tiniest and the tallest, were two other dogs in various sizes. Dogs, I am told, don’t really regard size. Big or little, their aggressiveness is determined by behavior and not by size. Because of this, our littlest dog, Trini, was often on the short end of the stick. In an effort to claim a dominant spot in the pack, she would occasionally try to be aggressive with one of the other dogs, all bigger than she. She rarely won and had the scars to prove it. Trini had my heart, however. When I was around she’d cling to me. I loved that little dog and her weakness and size had everything to do with that.
Here’s a story: A pastor was called to go to a home where a little child had died. He entered the house, poor as poverty could make it, and in the middle of the room was a little, deformed girl hunched over in mourning, and there in the casket was the face of one of the most beautiful little children he had ever seen. He said to the mother with his eyes still fixed on the lifeless body, “Would it not have been better if God had spared this child and taken her instead?” At that the mother sprang toward the little girl and catching her up in her arms she said: “I know you mean it well, but if God had taken her it would have killed me. There isn’t a day since she was born that she has not been in my arms, and not a night that she isn’t on my heart. I sometimes think her very weakness draws her to me.” (By J. Wilbur Chapan, “Present Day Parables.”)
What is it about us that compels God’s love? Could it be that He continues to love us, even seek us out because of our weaknesses? When God sees us in our sinful state, hunched over and mourning for our sin, like little Trini, in mercy, tenderness and love He reaches out for us and picks us up. As He lifts us to his breast, all of our imperfections and deformities disappear. And, because of our weaknesses, He can’t bear to let us go. He did that once and only once when His own dear Son, deformed and dirty, died on the cross for our sins. He let Him die and turned His back. It was the only way salvation for you and me could be achieved. And there is no way He will do that again. Our weakness compels Him to love us. And, there isn’t a day or night when He doesn’t have us on His heart. Such is the love of our merciful God.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are sinners, ugly and crippled in your sight by sin in our lives. Our sins are so great that we feel, deep down, that the burden is one that only we can carry; and that out of fairness for our sin, that is the way it should be. We praise you Lord that you continue to reach down and secure us, carry us and forgive us despite awful burden of sin in our lives. In fact, You even carry that sin for us. You ordained that Jesus would carry our sins for us despite their weight or degree of degradation. Our hearts are glad and our tongues rejoice; we have hope despite our failures and frailties.You fill us with joy in Your presence, and give us the ability by your Spirit to strive to overcome sin in our lives. We know we will never be comely in your sight except that You see your Son, Jesus Christ, in our stead. Thank you Father for your forbearance when our ugliness in sin becomes so apparent. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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