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A Heart Broken September 8, 2010

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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And now, our bedtime story continues…

It was early in the evening, and two people shrank back in the shadows of the trees around them.  They were cold, they were scared, and they were up to their necks in a problem way bigger than they ever imagined.

“Adam, where are you?”  The Voice they knew so well suddenly sounded very, very concerned.

Did they dare answer?

“Adam?  Where are you?

Slowly they emerged from the shadows, to face the One who loved them more than life itself.

His face registered not anger, but pain.

“What’s… this??”  He pointed to the hastily completed coverings of fig leaves donning the bodies of the two frightened humans.

“I… heard Your Voice, and I hid myself… we hid… because we were afraid.”

Adam didn’t dare look the Lord in the eye.  He knew all too well what he had done, and he knew the Lord was not going to be happy about it.

“You were afraid?  Of Me?  Why??”  The Voice was not cold, not indignant, not full of anger.  Just… hurt.

The man blurted out his embarrassment.

“I knew I was naked!  So… I hid myself!”

“You knew you… were…”  His eyes grew wide.  “Who told you this?

The pain in the Voice grew in intensity.  Who told you, you were naked??”

Silence.

“Did you eat from the tree in the middle of the garden?  The one I told you not to eat from?”

The tone of His Voice told the real story.  Adam and Eve had broken His one simple rule: don’t eat from this one tree.  He had given them boundaries to keep them safe, and they had not stayed within the boundaries.

Children, when God gives us rules, they are for our good, to keep us safe. You know this.

And when we break these rules…

…it breaks God’s heart.

Think about it.  God has a heart.  God has feelings.  God can be hurt.  It’s not an easy thing to grasp, because we see Him as big and strong and mighty.  Remember the song from years ago? “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty…”  Well, just because there’s nothing that He cannot do, it doesn’t mean that He’s made of steel, or that His heart is made of steel.

His heart can be broken.  His feelings can be hurt.

God risked pain when he created man, because He created man with the power to choose his own direction.  So out of His Love for man, He gave man the power to be his own person.  This meant that God risked losing man, risked man walking away from Him.

When you open your heart and risk loving someone, you risk being hurt by that same someone.  Love is risky business.

Is it worth it?

God obviously felt like it was, because of what He did next.  Which is what we will cover, in our next bedtime story.  So stay tuned.

And as you go to bed tonight, think on this:  God dared to create an opportunity where He could love and be loved in return.  He opened His heart, and poured out His love on mankind.

Will you hurt Him?  or will you love Him in return?  The choice is yours.

Good night.

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