Saturday, 31 October 2015
Houston, We Have A Problem.
What I really mean to cry out is "Lord! We have a problem".
Mulling over what I'm about to share all of last night and waking up this morning with it heavy on my heart, I felt God was trying to let me see how come we are the way we are. How come we walk our walk the way we walk it. I hate to generalize but I can't help it. When I say "we", I really do mean you and I. We, the Christians doing our best to live led by God's Spirit.
We don't get God.
Please don't squirm uncomfortably. It's not an accusation nor am I trying to bring you down. I'm in this with you. We don't get God. I asked people yesterday on FB, Twitter, Instagram and via e-mail what the one word was that came to their heads when they thought about God. The one single world they associated with God. Didn't get many responses though. I suspect like my Only Princess people thought it was a trick question. Nope. It wasn't and there really is no wrong or right answer. It's just that our answers can be taken as an indication of the chief way in which we relate to and with God. The core, if you like, of our faith relationship. And now I understand more how that impacts the potency of our Faith.
I am sad. For you. For me. Cos judging from the responses I did get we are not enjoying the best of God. It's so obvious they way we are going through life, the way we treat ourselves and others. We are missing out and that's why our walks of faith are uninspiring. Ouch? Yes, very ouch.
Below is what triggered my burden. It's a section from Shade Idowu's book, " Knowing God for Yourself". Please ignore my underlining and read all of it with the eyes of your heart. Slowly. At least three times. Thank you.
Now, do you know how many people said " Love" in response to my question? Fourteen. Fourteen! Out of over a 100 people. I got words like "Blue" (from my LBS " because it's the colour of all things good" he said. He so cute. Lol! But you know I made a mental note to have a chat with him too. I got "Merciful" which is one of mine too but not my first because it would suggest a forever consciousness of our wrongs and or "undeserving ness" which is not healthy. I got "Help" which is brilliant and true but why does God help us? Because He loves us. I got Father and Holy and Faithful and Powerful. Mighty. Good. Greatest. Church. Jesus. I got Protection, ineffable, invincible and Just. I got all these great words.
But within me, I knew we had a problem.
Is it any wonder we can't really walk in agape love when we ourselves are not fully and forever conscious of how much we are loved by a God whose core is Love? No wonder we walk around in fear of all sorts all the time. I'm not this. I can't do that. What lies ahead? Will God hear me? Does God hate me? Why won't He move for me now? If you truly knew God as Love and believed, these thoughts will not have power over you the way they do.
Ehn? I'm sorry? What did you just think? You know you are loved? Really? You know this in your heart and not just your head? It's always on your mind, it's the song on your lips everyday? It's what governs your every word and deed? Really?
Then while all the answers I got are good, I just believe your first and only word should have been and should always be "LOVE". Come on my people! The whole point of John 3:16 is Love! How can we be missing this!!!
*exhaling* Please pray with me.
Dear PapaGod, like I said, we have a problem. Please, I ask in Jesus Christ name, that you cause your Holy Spirit to move over us all. Overshadow us with your Love. Let us truly get how much you love us. Let the depth and awesome wonder of your love touch our very core. For only then can we live the kind of life you have called us to live. One of power, dominion and confident authority! Thank you so much. I'm grateful. Love you but thank you for loving me first. And more.
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