Last week I was leaving the grocery store during a peak time. The parking lot was busier than usual, and without realizing it I drove right through a stop sign at the end of a parking row.
As a result, a man in a big pickup truck had to hit the brakes and stop for me. He was less than thrilled. As he used choice words and shook his fist, I was mortified. I wanted to slide under the steering wheel and hide. I hoped to never see that guy again!
When I was thinking about this later in the day (because as much as I love Frozen, I tend to have a hard time letting things go), I realized something: Sometimes we view God as the angry guy in the truck. We think He must be mad when we mess up—when we take a wrong turn. And as a result, we want to hide from him.
I bet I’m not the only one who feels that way, and I’m definitely not the first one.
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When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden by eating the forbidden fruit, they hid from God. Well, they thought they were hiding from God; you can’t really hide from Him. We tend to avoid people we think are mad at us. It’s a natural reaction, and it reminds me of something God taught me over a decade ago.
There’s this one specific instance in college that I’ll never forget. I was leaving my apartment to go somewhere and had just spoken with someone on the phone. When I was talking to them, I had . . . stretched the truth. Okay, I lied. I don’t even remember what it was about, but I lied to the person.
As I walked to my car with my head held down, I thought this quick prayer: “God, I am so embarrassed I just did that. I don’t know why You put up with me.”
And y’all, the very next second, God spoke these words to me: “Oh Christy, I don’t put up with you. I adore you.” Tears are filling my eyes as I write this even now. I’ll never forget that moment. That’s the God we serve—a God that loves us even when we mess up.
I love this quote from Dave Ramsey: “God’s not mad at you; He misses you.”
So when you feel like a failure, remember that you don’t have to hide. Don’t let shame or embarrassment put a wall or a wedge between you and God. Instead, do the exact opposite and run to your heavenly Father. Because He is a Father that doesn’t just put up with you; He adores you.
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