Choices

Ever since I was a baby I have had the reputation of being a crier.  I was born crying and really haven’t stopped.  I cry at everything.  As a child, I would cry at the end of Lassie when she would hold her paw up to say good-bye.   Anything remotely sad on television or in a movie would cause tears to flow in rivers down my cheeks and sometimes I would break into a bout of sobbing.

One Saturday afternoon the movie Back Street was on.  If it was a rainy day or my dad had finished his yard work, he would sit in front of the television in the afternoons – mostly sports.  However, I turned on the movie and he sat to watch it.  As soon as it started, my father turned to me and said.  “You’d better go get about four or five hankies.”  I got upset with him for spoiling the movie by alerting me that it was sad, but I got up and got those hankies.  He was wrong, I think I used a half a box of tissues on that movie.

Part of the reason I cry so much at a sad movie is that I want to change the ending and make it a happy one, but I can’t.  I always think it is such a tragedy that the right choices weren’t made in the movie so there could be a happy outcome.  I cry at how helpless I am to do anything to help those characters.  Silly I know.

I often wonder how God must feel when He looks down on us.  Does He see us as that sad movie where we make poor choices and do the wrong things, and it breaks His heart?  While He has the power to change the ending, He has also given us freewill.  He will not interfere with that.

Although, there was a time when He did look down and saw the evil and sin of mankind.  He decided it was time to start humanity over.  There is one righteous man on Earth, Noah. He instructed Noah to build an ark and put a male and female of every animal on it, along with his family.  Noah didn’t argue with God or petition God to save the Earth if other righteous people were found as Abraham did.  He just did as God asked without question.  It makes you wonder just how bad it must have been because Noah didn’t even consider that there were others worth saving.

I believe that God cried as He let the rain fall in buckets all over the Earth for 40 days.  When I was young, I thought perhaps the rain that fell over Noah and his family on that ark were God’s tears shed over the Earth for the loss of His beloved creation that destroyed itself with sin and the lost relationship that He once had with it.  The story of Noah certainly is one of the saddest stories in Genesis.  So many human and animal lives lost and land destroyed.  And it didn’t have to be that way!  All humanity had to do was make the right choices.

The glimmer of hope in all this is that He saved the one family that he knew had the chance to make a happy ending from a sad story, and He didn’t destroy all his creation because some animals were also saved.  What’s so awesome about God is that He will save anyone who earnestly seeks Him and offers us eternal life and relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.  All we must do is make the right choice and turn from our sin and poor choices and ask for forgiveness and choose Him and the right and moral things.  It’s in our power to change our lives and have a happy ending.

 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.  1 John 2:15-17 MSG

 

 

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