3Why is the Lord bringing us into this land to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become booty; would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?’ 4So they said to one another, ‘Let us choose a captain, and go back to Egypt.’
Devotion by Rev. Krista
“Facing the heartbreak to see the love”
At some point or another, you and/or someone you know has uttered this same sentiment: “Why did God set me up to fail? I should have stayed in the misery I was in!” That message has fallen on the hearts of many who have found themselves with broken promises, deflated dreams and worst of all – a broken heart. What an interesting passage to have on Valentine’s Day? A day created to symbolize love, and we read words uttered by the children of Israel who felt that God took them out of bondage to only die a horrible death. On this day of ‘love’ the words seem even heavier to those who are heartbroken over the absence of a partner. This is not the day, and certainly not the words Cupid had in mind, I am sure!
Well thanks be to God that we can experience the despair, we can face the heartbreak and we can feel the pain. As a matter of fact, we can go through all of those healthy emotions that are part of our story – the anger, the hurt and the tears. We can do so as they are reminders of the dark place we were in at one point of our life. Someone may be wondering, why do I want to remember that? Because it is just that, a moment in time that is no longer. If we do not take time to at least acknowledge some part of the past that was painful or heartbreaking, then we can never see how much we have grown. We can never look at how much we have matured, and we certainly cannot look at how God has been with us every step of the way.
Cupid may not have the right words for us on this day, but God’s words will always ring true: God so loved the world that God gave! God’s love heals all broken and lonely hearts. God’s love holds every hand. God’s love wipes every tear. On this day we can come to know that God’s love is bigger than any stuffed bear, sweeter than any chocolate and is more fragrant than any rose. Today I face my heartbreak of the past to see God’s love.
Let Us Pray:
God, my prayer is simple today. Thank you. Thank you for always being with me when everyone around me left me, doubted me and even denied me. But God you stayed with me and you always loved me. I may not have known it but the tears that I cried stopped because of your love. You not only held my hand then, but you continue to do so now. Thank you God for being all the love that I ever needed on yesterday, on today and in my tomorrow. Amen.