Once upon a time, a baby girl was abandoned in a field. Bloody and dirty, her parents had left her there to die. And she would have, except for a young man who happened to pass by. He saw the baby and cleaned her up. He found a place for her to live where she grew into a beautiful young woman. The next time the man traveled through that region, he stopped in to visit the family. He ended up staying for awhile and as the days passed, he and the woman began to fall in love. There was a beautiful wedding and the two lived happily ever after - at least for awhile. The man was the perfect husband, buying clothes and jewelry and expensive food for his wife. But all too soon, she began to look at other men and wonder what it would be like to be with them. She began sleeping around. It started small, but before long she was a full-blown prostitute. It got so bad that she began bribing men to sleep with her. The only option that seemed to be left for her marriage was divorce. But things started going from bad to worse for the woman and in the depths of her despair, she remembered the love that her husband had for her. She went back to him, sobbing and asking for his forgiveness. With love and compassion the man took her back. They had another wedding, recommitted themselves to each other, and lived happily ever after - for real this time.
As crazy as this story sounds, it is all true - and found in the Bible. In Ezekiel chapter 16, God tells the greatest love story ever told. It's the story between His people and Himself. The story above is my paraphrase of that story. The most amazing part is that after everything has happened, God said, "Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you" (Ezekiel 16:60). Even though we have broken our covenant with God so many times and cheated on our marriage, God remembers the covenant He made with us and is willing to forgive and begin again. What a wonderful God we serve! This truly is the greatest love story ever told.