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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Introducing the Father, Part III: He Cares!

When the father of three-year-old Sojourner spent a sleepless night due to her monster coal nightmares, he tried to explain to her the difference between inanimate and animate objects. He had figured the fear had been laid to rest the previous afternoon when he had carried the crying little girl outside so she could see that no one had "broken" the house. Until the nightmares, he had not been aware that she had witnessed the "moving mountain of coal," which had provided the grist for her nightmares.

Frightened little Sojourner wanted to understand what her father was telling her; but, she just didn't get it. Her dreams had been so vivid and, no matter what Daddy said, the coal was still in the house so the potential for the nightmare to become a reality still existed. He could have just given up in frustration and told her to just believe him and that's that. He could have walked away and said she would find out eventually that the coal did not move while she slept at night. He could have just washed his hands of the whole matter and slept on the couch, far from her bedroom, until she "got it"! After all he had tried to explain but how in the world do you get through to a three-year-old?

The answer is "on her terms." If it was the coal moving that was the greatest fear, let's just show her it doesn't move. Okay, it will take a little bit of time and his clothing will get a little dirty in places but, hey, if that's what it takes… down to the coal room they went!

Why did he make the effort? Simply because he cared. Why did he care? Even more simply, because he loved her! Sojourner's father was willing to do whatever it took to help her see the truth… there was no monster coal that would ever come to get her.

When I was thinking about the title, I had planned to just put "Part III: He Loves You" because that was the message I wanted to share. As I typed in those words, however, I became acutely aware that the very phrase "God loves you" has been associated with negative memories so many times that people seldom even listen to the "diluted" message of this most profound truth! How this must hurt the Father's heart. So, instead, I chose "Part III: He Cares"… that is the real backbone of love, isn't it? If you love someone, you show them that you care in so many, many ways. God does love us and His care for us, certainly, proves that his love is real and not just something written on a refrigerator magnet or bumper sticker. In fact, "He loves you" is the essence of the very reason you were born! He made you so he could love you!

I went to my computer to check email while I was pondering this thought, and discovered a marvelous surprise in my "in" box. The daily Women of Faith message was explaining to me the very thing I had wanted to communicate to you! So, from the pen of WOF's Marilyn Meberg,

"But we need to take a minute and ask the question, "Why was I born?" in light of Scripture. Does it answer that weighty question? The answer is yes. In fact, it answers the question with profound simplicity. Refresh your memory with Ephesians 1:4, which states, "Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us." This amazing scripture says He loved us before He flung the stars into place or created the coastline of Laguna Beach, California. We got top love–billing before absolutely every other created thing. He loved us even before He created us. Does that not blow your mind? We find the same theme in Ephesians 1:11, which states, "He chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago." What was it He chose? He chose to create us so that He might love us. He chose us to be the recipient of His never-ending, unfathomable love. So then, why were we born? We were born to be loved by God! Plain and simple! Some of you may be muttering a bit. I can hear you saying, "How can you reduce that huge question about why we were born to such a simplistic 'God created us so he could love us' answer?"

I didn't reduce it; God did."

(Excerpted from Love Me, Never Leave Me © 2008 by Marilyn Meberg. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson.)

Dear Reader, God does care because He does love you even more than Little Sojourner's father was able to demonstrate to her that day so very long ago.! God knows you and He has loved you since before the day you were born! God is not waiting for you to prove yourself to Him. God is not waiting for you to reach a certain age—say, 90-- so He can use your services as long as possible before this earthly body wears out like an old washing machine. No, God cares about you right now and will even care passed that joyous day when he can welcome you into your final home with him in Heaven. He loves you right

**** Part IV: His Child … Coming Tomorrow

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