Tonight in the Myers household we had our first occurrence of a broken heart. Honestly, I thought it would be much longer before this happened. I also expected that when it happened, it would be Chloe.
This evening, however, Cole stood before me with tears running down his cheeks. His breath hitched in great gasps as he told me how two little girls in his class didn’t want to marry him. "Th-th-they want to m-m-m-marry someone elllllllllssssse!"
Now, I don’t know where this idea of getting married came from. I also don’t know why they’re talking about marrying each other, when at his age I was "going with" girls (although we really didn’t go anywhere). Furthermore, when I was Chloe and Cole’s age, the idea of marriage was the furthest thing from my mind. Marriage was something you did when you got older, not something you did in grade school.
I gathered Cole into my arms and told him what a great little boy he was. I told him those girls obviously didn’t realize that they were missing out on being with the sweetest, silliest, coolest kid in the whole school. I told him that by the time they realized it, he will have already moved on, and they’d be the heartbroken ones because they could have been with him all along, and chose not to be.
As Cole went off to bed feeling a little bit better, I thought about other people who will one day be heartbroken due to a similar, yet far more serious situation. You see, right now all over the world, people are rejecting a relationship with their heavenly father through Jesus Christ. They don’t want to "be" with him. They’d rather do their own things, choosing to marry themselves to the world, instead.
Is God’s heart broken? You bet. God wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4), yet many will refuse.
Then one day they will stand before him. They will want him then, but by that point it will be too late. They will be the heartbroken ones because they will realize they could have been with him all along, but chose not to.
Their eternal destination will then be Hell. I believe our heavenly father’s heart will break again, as they leave his presence forever.
Do you know anyone like I’m describing? Pray for them. Pray that their hearts will soften to the Gospel message. Pray that they will choose to marry themselves to God, rather than to the world.
The Rev. Parrish Myers is a local minister living in Braselton. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and on gainesvilletimes.com/life.