Hey hey hey.
Everything about my niece amazes me; and I’m not even her mum! I can stare at her pictures or watch her videos all day. She can basically do no wrong in my eyes.
I think I have talked about my love for her before; but now, I want to share how much she loves her Dad (and vice versa). He’s so protective of her and even baths her better than my sister does. (Yes, Sister Ayo!) She loves playing with him and is visibly excited whenever he goes out and returns. She will immediately walk towards him…
And sometimes I wish I was like that with God all the time.
I read the Samaritan woman’s story last month and a verse I had never noticed jumped at me.
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria.
John 4: 1-4
He had to go through Samaria.
But He needed to go through Samaria.
I have spent some time thinking about this and wondering, why did he have to go through Samaria?
I think I read a version that said “it was necessary for Him to go through Samaria”.
Could it be that there was no other route to get to where he was going; or could it be that he knew he had to meet a woman at the well?
After reading that, I thought how God in His mercy saw that it was necessary for Jesus to pass through Ghana one December day 4 years ago. Yesterday, I jokingly told my colleague that my birthday is close because I celebrate it twice a year. She then said “July and December” right?
Haha! That shocked me because I was not even referring to my ‘spiritual birthday’. I was just joking because there have been birthdays around me; but I guess God wanted her to ‘unknowingly’ remind me.
It amazes me; that without my effort, without even knowing I needed Him; he saw it necessary to pass through (twitter) one day and save me.
So, many times when I fall and dislike myself; I remember that this was never by my effort. I didn’t work to earn this Father’s love. In fact, He knew my history, just like He knew that of the Samaritan woman and still saved us. And when I say history, I mean all I’ll ever do that I don’t even know yet (since He sees my future as well).
Like my brother-in-law loves my niece; regardless of her behaviour sometimes; God loves me, regardless of my behaviour sometimes.
I have to admit, it’s sometimes hard for me to say or admit that God loves me.
It’s easier for me to say I love God which is insane because my love for Him can not even compare to His for me, but when I do wrong, my mind can’t understand how He still stays constant, consistent and in love.
And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Isn’t it amazing that without knowing it, my niece kinda taught me about my relationship with my Father?
I guess I’ll thank her someday when she understands this.
Love and light,