Teenage years are difficult for both the teenager and the parent. But this one in particular became increasingly rebellious and belligerent. It seemed as though she delighted in causing her mother pain and embarrassment. Finally it reached a breaking point when she was arrested for drunk driving. Her mother was grief stricken.
After bringing her home from the police station, they sat facing one another. Finally, the mother presented her with a beautifully wrapped gift box. She opened it with a frown and saw a small rock. “Cute,” she said sarcastically. “What’s it for?”
Finally she saw a small card that was tucked away in the box. She read it slowly: “This rock is more than 200 million years old. That’s how long it will take before I give up on you.” Quietly she began to sob, tears running down her cheeks. She reached across the space that separated her from her mother and hugged her tightly. She apologized for all the pain and sorrow that she had caused and asked her mother to pray with her as she accepted Christ as her Savior.
Long ago Jeremiah the Prophet spoke about a message he received from the Lord. It was, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you.”
Prayer: We thank You, Heavenly Father, that Your unending love and sufficient grace is ours to accept. May we be open to Your love and obedient to Your Word. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. (NIV)