I'm so amazed by my God! He opens my eyes to spiritual lessons through even non-spiritual means. The reason I love this so much is that He loves us enough to teach us where we are and using what we already see/hear/experience. I was watching a TV show a few weeks back when this lesson smacked me upside my head.
There's a father with a college age daughter. After ghosting him awhile (with him relentlessly pursuing her), she finally agrees to dinner with him. During dinner, she drops the bomb on him... she's pregnant. This is why she had pulled away from him. Sound familiar? Her "mistake" (sin) had caused her to be afraid to be in the presence of her father! (If this doesn't sound familiar, here's your homework: Luke 15:11-32 and Genesis 3 paying special attention to verses 9-13.)
Now she had decided to "fix" her mistake by having an abortion and she wanted her father to go with her to the clinic. Even though he wasn't devoutly faithful (he mentions having not stepped foot in a church for decades), he just doesn't think this was the best option because of what little faith he had. He also had no appetite to support it. So he pays for the food and leaves her at the restaurant....alone.
Now you know, as a parent, this wouldn't be something that he just doesn't think about. This whole situation eats at him for quite awhile. Later as he's walking around the city looking for clarity, he happens upon a church. He goes in to schedule an appointment with the minister. Instead he happens upon a wise janitor. After explaining in broad detail his situation and how he's feeling, the janitor paraphrases Hebrews 13:5 ("...The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.") and tells him that one of the best qualities of Christ is that He won't leave us, EVEN when we're caught up in the consequences of our sin!
Now regardless of your views on abortion, you can't negate God's rules for us sexually. It is only within the bonds of marriage, and only with your spouse. This girl had messed up, and more than anyone else, she knew it!
Here's the lesson I heard from this. When our children are in trouble, ESPECIALLY of their own making, we CAN'T just walk away if we want to imitate Christ's love for them. Now by no means am I saying that we should ignore their iniquity and call it love. What I am saying is that no matter what, my kids have me!
Another place we see this spelled out in scripture is in Deuteronomy 31:6,
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”"
Thank you, Lord!! Thank you for not running to leave me alone every time I've messed up! Thank you, Lord for loving me through the mess, not just after I'm cleaned up. The reason God wants us to obey His commands isn't because He's a control freak. It's because He knows one of the things that happens to us when we sin is that we put space between us. He wants to be close to us at all times. He wanted to walk in the garden with us, but we couldn't follow the rules. Our children are affected by the exact same illness (sin).
One of the ways that we get to model the unconditional love that God has shown us, is to be there when they mess up; and continue loving on them.
Father help me to be the example of You perfect love that my kids need to see. Help me not to run away in the times that they need me most. EVEN when they've chosen sin over you.