“The irony of the ‘water in a glass’ analogy is how in the struggle to decide whether to see the glass as half full or half empty, we often lose sight of the water in the glass… ”
– Osione Abubakar
The stars twinkle heartily in the clear night sky above the canopies as the choir raises yet another chorus and the congregation joins in; heads bowed here, hands lifted there, people kneeling, standing and lying down, all with voices raised in one accord – all but one. A lone voice sings a solitary song amidst the throng; its anthem is unique in that it is different, born not just of worship and surrender, but of a yearning to be heard. It is the song of a heart seeking to be seen and heard, a heart lost in the confusion that ignorance brings, believing it’d be heard more clearly by the Father if it sung a different song.
Hey guys!!! I trust the weekend was absolutely terrific? Mine was incredibly so and really productive no less 🥳, equal parts fun and work; I couldn’t bear to disappoint anyone so I’m putting this up although it’s Sunday ☺️. Friday saw me as the goal keeper for a fun match I’ll always remember fondly, with lots of screaming and muscle flexing (mostly my tongue 🤪🥴) and goal foiling – nothing got past me😎 – so, yeah that was fun. Saturday morning started out with an exercise on authority, a beautiful class review and a 1hour prayer session whilst taking a 5.58km walk and Sunday came with resolution of certain matters, peace and lots of progress regarding an ongoing project – and these are just a select few of the highlights of my weekend. See why I chose to call it incredible? What happened during yours? I’d love to hear it.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of today’s post, the years before I began to grow in the faith, I’d always been looking for something more, something that’d be ‘home’, something that’d make me whole (click here to see story). This yearning didn’t just vanish in the twinkle of an eye when I began to grow in the knowledge of the Father, it took a lot of learning, experiences and yielding to the Holy Spirit to fully grasp (as much as I could then) and begin to know the embrace of the Father.
The scenario in the first paragraph may not have been the first time the Holy Spirit taught me about the sovereignty of God but it is one of the earliest times I remember. You see, the personal nature of God’s love has always drawn me ever since I began to understand it in 2012, that intimacy is something that breaks me every time and leaves me in wonder with every experience of a new dimension. There I was, in the midst of the crowd, trying desperately to get God’s attention, singing my own song as loudly as I could with all the overwhelmingly emotions, praying and hoping that just maybe it’d make him notice me amongst the chorus of voices. In the midst of all this, words that I have never been able to forget, words that have shaped my walk with the Father, dropped into my heart with a surety that even my naivety could not drown; “even if the whole world were to sing the same song at once, I’d still know your voice, I’d still hear you”.
This assurance is one that nothing has been able to take away from me, I have never felt more confident in the love of the Father than I do every time I remember those words. Imagine my delight when I had the privilege of being in a gathering of the brethren today and hearing the words “God sees you”, I immediately remembered that night. It’s easy to feel like God has deserted you because of a certain situation(s) you’re going through or a prayer(s) that seems unanswered, questions/statements like “where is God?”, “where was God?”, ”God is not here” “why has God abandoned me?” and the so on, begin to crowd our hearts and sometimes, our lips. We lose ourselves to despondency and give up on the Father. For some persons, they feel like I did that night 6yrs ago, that they are just another strand of hay in a haystack, lost in the crowd, not loud enough to be heard or different enough to be seen or maybe, not significant enough to be noticed.
Far from it!!! God sees you! He’s always with you and will never forsake you. One of my favorite quotes from my NIV Women’s Devotional Study Bible (thank you Boma & Mimi for this wonderful gift 4yrs ago, I’ll thank you every time ❤️❤️❤️) is “God loves each one of us as though there were only one to love”. The story of Hagar (a slave, inconsequential by man’s standards in the grand scheme of things) & Ishmael (rejected and left without an inheritance) and how God cared for them in Gen 16:6-12, 21:12-20 is simply beautiful. Hagar summarized everything in those bible verses by her name for God in Gen 16:13 “You are the God who sees me”.
And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
Genesis 16:13 (KJV)
Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?”
GENESIS 16:13 (AMP)
Through every pain or tear, God is there. Every time you call on him, the Father hears – his ear is not too heavy that it cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1). He further promises us over and over again that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)
I learnt today how the root word for El-shaddai/El shadday which is loosely translated to mean ‘God Almighty’ actually means “the many breasted God”. The same way a mother’s breast is sufficient to cater to the needs of her child, even so God is sufficient for us – every single one of us, having no need to drop down one child like a mother would if she were to birth more than twins. The mystery of El shadday/El shadday and what it means regarding us is one that we would discuss at length another day. He is the many breasted one, the almighty God, the all sufficient one, the one whose love never fails, the one whose love never leaves… HE HEARS YOU, HE SEES YOU, HE CARRIES YOU, HE HOLDS YOU, HE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. God is always there.
Hey, hey!! Glad you made it to the end🤗🤗🤗, I’d wanted to share what happened on Saturday morning but I’ll do that next week to reduce the length of today’s post 😁. Leave your comments if you enjoyed today’s post and share your thoughts and experiences as well, I’m also still very interested in knowing how your weekend went 😊.
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