What do a 4 year old and a broken seashell have to do with the God and us? Have you ever wondered? Honestly, I hadn’t either until a stroll along the North Carolina coast. While walking the beach in Oak Island, NC with my wife and son I was taken aback by the lesson my son taught me about God’s love.
For the Christ-follower that has been walking a close walk with God for a long time this may not be anything new to you. But for so many of us it is hard to realize how much God truly does love us.
In the picture you see a seashell. It is broken, dull colored, and quite frankly, it’s just ugly. When my little boy picked it up and asked me to hold it, I questioned him. I said, “Why, this thing is broken? Why don’t we throw back?” His answer was, “I want it. I like it.” He did not want to throw it away. So I held on to it for him.
Then I went into a brief theological discussion with my little boy. I explained that just like he wanted to keep the broken shell because he liked it, God wants to keep us when we are broken. I explained how when we do bad things, called sin, we are broken. And I reiterated to him that even though we are broken because of sin, God still love us. God doesn’t choose us because we are lovely. When we had done nothing worthy of His love, He chose us and sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us (Romans 5:8).
Thinking of my son and his little seashell, I came up with this: But Corbin demonstrated his love towards a seashell, in that while it was ugly and broken, he picked it up for his collection.
Do you know someone who is in need of Christ’s love? Do you know someone that has a constant ugly attitude and outlook on life? Perhaps they need you to pick them off the proverbial sand, put them in your bucket, and show them what love can do.