Oh How He Loves Us

I watched and listened unnoticed as a mother told her little girl not to get around the grill. As soon as the mother was out of sight, the little girl began poking a stick in the charcoal.

She managed to pick up one of the pieces of charcoal and dropped it on the patio floor. She looked at it for a moment and then tapped it with her foot. It disintegrated. She then tried unsuccessfully to pick it up. What was she going to do? The evidence of her crime was in plain view and her mother would be coming soon. She tried disposing of the evidence by grinding it out of sight into the floor. That just made it a bigger mess. Finally she reached down and for some unknown reason, pulled the tips of her fingers through it. Then, without thinking, she rubbed them on her pretty party dress! Her next plan of action? She ran and hid behind the nearest tree.

The mother soon found her little girl behind the tree, tears streaming down her cheeks. They talked a while and then the mother, with daughter in arms, wiped away her tears and took her into the house to find another party dress to wear.

Consider how we all have gotten ourselves into a similar situation. We too have felt like running behind the nearest tree, hoping that the reason for being there would all go away and that our Heavenly Parent, God, would never find us.

Isn’t it good to know that we have a Heavenly Father who, when He finds us in all our shame and wrong doing, does not condemn us but seeks to bring us out from our hiding by extending to us His love and forgiveness.

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