Ok, first thing first, look long and hard at this photograph. Notice the open windows, the broken down door, and the weeds threatening to over grow it. It is obvious that this house had been recently abandoned. Some of the bricks are beginning to lose their earthy red color, and it hasn’t been repaired in years. It almost wants to make you cry. Think of all the memories shared here. Lets go back to when this house wasn’t abandoned. Lets pretend the family that lived here was called the Smiths. Here is the story:
Mr. Smith and his wife moved in during a warm summer. He carried her laughing over the threshold. He wore a new wedding ring, glinting in the sun. Mrs. Smith wore a pale yellow dress. She twirled in the center of the house, laughing. She threw her arms back, and breathed in the smell of new possibilities. The red bricks on the wall where the brightest they had ever been. Who needed money when there was a house to move into! The sun cast golden rays over the young family.
Rain beat over the small house, blinding the windows. The couple sat by the warm fire. They were curled up together with notebook between them. On it, they were jotting down names.
- Arnold………The rain didn’t bother them, a warm smile joined them. Every once in a while, they would look up and stare into each others eyes.
Mrs. Smith’s belly grew rounder through the winter, and the spring.
Finally, late in the summer, Mr. Smith paced outside the doctors office. His nails where shredded. Finally, the doctor appeared. He chuckled and said, “Its a boy”. That was the day that Mr. Smith screamed with joy.
They named the boy Aaron. He grew to be one, then two. Every evening, the sun laid golden rays over the house, and its family.
The Smiths eventually had a girl
Her name was Sage. She ran under the sun, and slept in the little house. Her laughs filled the house.
During the spring new chicks popped their heads through brown shells. Lavender and poppies grew in a lovely circle around the house. Mrs. Smith planted a vegetable garden.
During the winter, they huddled together. But, no matter how cold it was, the little house protected them. It even protected the ocassional orphaned pig or lamb.
The children grew quickly. They began school, then finished it. Soon, the little boy was grown, and he built another house far away. He came to visit on the weekends, bringing news from the town.
On warm afternoons, the whole family would have a picnic in the back of their old dusty truck. They sat together with cold orange sodas cooling their dirty hands.
Sometimes, Mr. and Mrs. Smith would sneak out of the house when the kids where playing, and they would sit in the back of the truck and watch the sun go down over the wide open spaces. The sun smiled, and shone its rays over the backs of grazing horses.
The family went through hardships, trials, and excitement in the little house. But, the house grew old. The sun had other places to shine, so the Smiths packed up and moved. They went to the big city, leaving the house behind.
The sun that used to caress the little house, now beat on it. The paint faded. The windows caved in. The once neat vegetable garden grew wild. Weeds choked the door way, making it fall in. The roof began to crumble. When the rain left it muddy, no one came to wipe it. It was forgotten. Everyday it waited for its little family to return. But they never did. And so, it left. It no longer had life. It was just a pile of bricks under the sun. It had no love to make it alive. No young laughs filled the house anymore. No giggles and tickles. Just the harsh wind screaming at it. Scraping away the color. The little house was alone.
OK, that was sad. I am sure you are thinking, “Why did the family leave it?” or “It’s just a house!”. But, the reason I wrote this post is not to tell you about the house, it is to tell you about God’s love. God will never be like that family.
I am sure that you have an old toy that you don’t play with anymore. I am sure that you where very excited when you got it, but its excitement faded away. Now it is just a toy. The house is like that. The family was happy when they got it, but eventually, the love for it wore off, and they left it. But, God isn’t like that.
HE loves you just as much as when he created you. (Maybe more). He won’t leave you. The excitement of you will always stay the same, and get better. You are his child! But, unlike a earthly father, he will not send you away to fend for yourself. You never have to go out on your own. Your are always his, and always welcome to his house. He loves you. He did not make a mistake when he created you. He say that you where perfect. HE smiled on you.
He will never ever leave you like that family did to that house. He will not abandon you and leave you to the sun and wind. You are his, and he loves you 1,000,000,000,000,000,+ ect………………. times more than you can imagine.
You are his child. He will not forsake you.
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.”
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”