Short stories

He loves Who?!

“Sade, I am not sure if Peter loves me.”
“What do you mean? That guy absolutely adores you. He spends time with you, showers attention and gifts and oh-my-goodness, the look in his eyes when he stares at you is like you are the only one for him.”
Chidera chuckled. “Sade, abeg, leave that one. There’s something missing. I can feel it in my guts. I mean, my intuition never lies. There’s just something off about him.”
Sade grimaced. “Or do you think he’s too good to be true?”

****
Three towns away, Peter whispered. “My guy, I am not sure Chidera loves me.”
Kalu sneezed. “Excuse me. Why do you think so?”
“Sometimes, when we are together, it looks like she’s absent-minded. At other times, it looks like she’s enduring my presence. Sometimes, she’s just I-don’t-know.”

****

Many fathers have failed their families. We have transposed this ‘failed-daddy’ mindset to God, the Father of Jesus Christ. We find it difficult to relate to God as a Father. He’s okay as  Provider; uncles and mummies and even strangers provide to some extent too. He’s okay as Protector; our significant others protect us to some extent too. He’s fine as Director; compasses and maps and life coaches can perform this function to some extent.

But we shy away from the reality that He loves us and He yearns to #father us. We are so scared of Him failing us like our earthly fathers have done that we don’t relate to him on a #father-child level. We keep Him at arm’s length; we don’t want our hearts broken.

Friends, the answer to the question in the first set of words is “YOU”.  GOD LOVES YOU. HE WANTS TO FATHER YOU.
Let Him. He heals hearts; He doesn’t break them. He’s not like the Peter-Chidera couple above. You can be sure He loves you and he wants you to enjoy His love.

Romans 8:15: For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [KJV]

John.3.16 – For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. [AMP]

© Toluwanimi Lazarus (2019)

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A Jesus' girl, Toluwanimi Lazarus is also a writer, public speaker, volunteer and actress. She is passionate about young people and teenagers too. She is also a sustainable development enthusiast.

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