Wednesday, 6 January 2016
Not Without My PapaGod
One of the most traumatic movies I have ever watched is " Not Without My Daughter". Remember it?
The movie starred Sally Field and was based on a memoir written by Betty Mahmoody. It's the true life tale of how Betty agreed to leave the U.S. with her Iranian husband and their daughter to visit his family in Tehran. She thought it was for a short visit, but when they arrived, Betty realized he was never going to let her and her daughter, Mahtob, return to America.
Sally Field is a brilliant actress. Even as I type this I still remember her face, her expressions of fear, pain and desperation as she fought and schemed to escape with her daughter. But you know what I remember the most? Her determination. My goodness. This woman was not going to leave that country without her daughter. I think at some point, her husband said she could go but would have to leave Mahtob behind. But she wasn't having any of it.
Me too, I'm not having any of it. I don't care what I walk into in 2016. I don't care the quantum of blessings, if God is not coming with me, I'm not interested. I'd rather mark time right where I am if that's where God's presence is. Why do I say this? Let's just say I have the Israelites in the time of Moses to thank. Please read on as I try to explain what I mean.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob....Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people."
This was a challenge to Moses and the nation as a whole. God told them they could have the Promised Land, but He would not remain with them in a close, personal way.
To be given every other blessing is of no value if God is not with you. What is the value of Canaan? What is the value of milk and honey? What is the value of having possessions, if God was not with them? I guess the Israelites realized this and this is why they wept, refusing the 'offer'. You can read all about it in Exodus 33.
Me too, even as I penned my 2016 commitments and goals. Even as I continue to look forward to entering my own land of milk and honey in 2016, on Sunday, 3 January 2016 during the first Sunday service of the year, a new "knowing" enveloped me; The presence of God, being able to fellowship with Him, to bring Him down into my life and family affairs via sincere worship is now infinitely more important than everything else.
So, PapaGod, I don't care what bliss I walk into in 2016. I don't care the quantum of blessings ahead of me, if you are not coming with me? Going ahead of me?
I'm not going. Because I'm not going anywhere without You.
Now, you see why 2016 is my Year of Uncommon Worship? Even I when it was placed in my heart didn't fully know why but it's all gel-ing now. I believe one of the best ways to be assured of God's presence is to be in a perpetual state of reverent worship....with my voice, heart and life.
Yes, in 2016, I aim to be a daily walking, breathing sacrifice unto The Lord.
I pray you join me.
Happy New Year!
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