”Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved…” [Jeremiah 17:14]
I always loved the Pike’s Nursery commercial—go dig in the dirt again! To me it spoke of undisturbed, carefree activity. However, you may be one of those people who constantly find it necessary to keep digging up the dirt of past mistakes or failure. Don’t do it!
In his book, How To Be Born Again, Billy Graham refers to a story Corrie ten Boom used to tell of a little girl who broke one of her mother’s treasured demitasse cups. The little girl came to her mother sobbing “Oh, mama, I’m so sorry I broke your beautiful cup.”
The mother replied, “I know you’re sorry, and I forgive you. Now don’t cry any more.” The mother then swept up the pieces of the broken cup and placed them in the trash can. But the little girl enjoyed the guilty feeling. She went to the trashcan, picked out the pieces of the cup, brought them to her mother and sobbed, “Mother, I’m so sorry I broke your pretty cup.”
This time her mother spoke firmly to her, “Take those pieces and put them back in the trash can and don’t be silly enough to take them out again. I told you I forgave you so don’t cry any more, and don’t pick up the broken pieces any more.”
Your heavenly Father has not only forgiven you but has also forgotten why your life was broken. He’s already healed the broken pieces and is wondering what all the fuss is about!
”For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). What God has done no man can undo.
Diane Hale for the past 30 years has served as evangelist, trainer, teacher, mentor, and consultant for churches of many denominations. www.uniquebydesign.org
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