The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.
Jeremiah 31: 3
A fourth grade boy I work with and happen to love dearly tends to get into trouble – a lot. His dad is not very gracious or merciful and the boy has been verbally abused because of his behavior. He has grown up knowing he is bad in his father’s eyes. This breaks my heart and it is obvious it has wounded his as well.
The other day at breakfast, he was peeling a banana. He turned it sideways and began nibbling on it. I teased him that it wasn’t corn on the cob and he pointed out the brown spot on the banana he was trying to avoid. He said it was bruised and then took the bite of the bruised area and spit it into his empty lunch bag.
Because this is a public school setting, there is only so much I can say about God and His love for this boy. But that day, I said to him, “isn’t it wonderful that God doesn’t spit us out when we are bruised!” Tears came to his eyes, he smiled and nodded his head.
Our awesome God doesn’t spit us out when we are bruised or even broken. Instead, He made a way for us to be restored and healed. Whatever the bruise or brokenness you are feeling right now, know that God hasn’t turned His back on you. He loves You with an everlasting love. He has drawn you with His lovingkindness. He is not the author of pain and disease; He doesn’t put them on us to teach us lessons. Can we learn lessons from them? Yes. Can He use them to work out His plans and purposes in our life? Most certainly. This devotional blog is proof of that. He cares about us, even in our most bruised and broken places but never does He spit us out because of them.
Most merciful, heavenly Father, when I consider how good You are to me, it brings tears to my eyes. Thank You for loving me in spite of the bruises and brokenness. Be my healer, I pray. And use me to Your glory. Amen.
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