DayBreaks for 6/16/14 – Scarred, but Loved
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) – But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
David Roever was a young man in July of 1969. He was the recipient of a draft notice at the height of the Vietnam War, but not wanting to be an infantryman in the jungles of southeast Asia, he joined the Navy and became a boat gunner serving in the Brown Water Berets in Vietnam. Eight months into his tour of duty, a white phosphorous grenade exploded a mere six inches from his face. It was believed he would die from the injuries, but he would live. Live as a scarred and disfigured human being.
He spent fourteen months in the hospital recovering. When his wife first came into the room where he lay, she ran up to him and kissed him and called him, Davey, the pet name she had for him. He was stunned, and stammered out an apology, “Brenda, I’m so sorry!” He was desperately afraid that she would not want to have anything to do with a man who was so disfigured.
“Sorry for what?” she replied. “None of this is your fault!”
“I’m sorry that I will never look good for you again,” he blurted out between sobs.
“Davey,” she said, “you were never that good looking to begin with!”
I heard this story on Sunday during a sermon, and it stuck a chord in me. We like to think that we look pretty good – and not just physically, but spiritually, too! We like to think that our good deeds and sacrifices for God make us look pretty darn good and are impressive. On the other hand, sometimes we think we are so ugly and marred by sin that not even God could love us. The truth is quite different. God comes to us, calls us by name, and reassures us of His love for us. We may apologize and beg Him to love us…and He just simply reminds us that we had no beauty of spirit or body that would attract Him. He is attracted to us simply because He made us and loves us and cherishes us.
And just as Brenda stuck by her man and raised a family and now grandchildren, God sticks by us – even when our lives are scarred ugly.
God will never abandon you. You have His word on it!
PRAYER: Thank You for not being driven away by our ugly lives, but for loving us in Your great love and mercy! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple
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