As a child, had you ever done something wrong and were unable to look your parents in the eyes? A few years ago, I was visiting my brother and his family. We were all enjoying the afternoon sunshine on his back deck as the children played in the backyard.
At one point, I overheard my brother tell my 5-year old niece not to swing from the branches of a very small tree. Minutes later, crash! We all heard a loud crack as she and the branch came tumbling down. I watched as my niece timidly walked to her dad, hanging her head as she pointed to the broken branch. My brother bent down, spoke something to her, and then they hugged. In no time, she was again laughing and playing.
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As God’s child, I can easily picture hanging my head low when I know I’ve broken one of God’s commands. But that day, I saw the situation from a different angle. My niece disobeyed, was powerless to remedy her situation, and was too ashamed to look her father in the eye. But my brother reached down to meet her where she was. Stretching out his hand, he lifted her eyes to meet his so she could see his desire to forgive and restore their relationship.
It is the same for each one of us. Covered in sin and shame, you and I are powerless to reach a holy God. Our heavenly Father must reach down to us. So God sent His Son Jesus Christ, who stretched out his hands on the cross, beckoning us to lift our eyes and remember that God passionately desires to forgive and restore us. “…at just the right time, when we were still powerless… God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us…” Romans 5:6, 8
Heavenly Father, when we sin, lift our eyes to the cross so that we can remember Your forgiveness and embrace the power to live as Your beloved children. Amen.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ” 1 John 1:9
Photo is an actual picture of my brother and niece. This article has also been featured in TheUpperRoom magazine.