One of the awesome things about writing this blog is that I see how God is able to use the social media to reach the ends of the earth with the good news of the Gospel. Though I do not know exactly who is reading my blog, I am able to track the countries from which my readership comes. Admittedly, I have had to Google the location of some countries that I have never heard of. That, to me, is pretty darn cool.
I have a fairly large readership from Russia and Ukraine. If you've cracked a newspaper, you know about the power conflict and struggle going on in that part of the world. I have noticed, not surprisingly, that readers from that corner of the world have been missing as of late...no surprise there because they obviously have bigger things going on in their lives. I miss them and I pray for them. It's become personal to me.
It has also made me realize that in God's universe, I am a mere gnat in terms of existence. The maker of the universe, the God who formed the planets and hung the stars in place frankly has so much to take care of. If you were to try to capture His job description, do you know how many volumes that would take? It all seems so immense and complicated.
Yet God, in only a way that He could, makes it very simple for us:
1 John 4:8 says: "God is love."
It does not say "God is love if..."
It does not say "God is love when..."
Over and over again the Bible tells us that God loves us!
It does not say God loves us if...or God loves us when...
God cannot deny himself which means that He loves endlessly without stipulations or boundaries.
He loves the pregnant teen mom in poverty stricken Haiti. He loves the orphan in Uganda. He loves the postal worker in Germany and the homemaker in Arkansas. We are all led into false thinking that God has "bigger fish to fry"...that He has world peace to think about so how can he be concerned with the little puzzle pieces that make up my life?
I so love Matthew 10:29-31: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
A God that knows the number of hairs on your head - who knows your thoughts before you even think them - who knit you together in your mother's womb; how can this God NOT care about you? It is simply impossible. As Max Lucado says, " If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it."
When you call out Jesus' name in desperation in the middle of the night, He knows your voice because the good shepherd knows each and every one of his sheep by name.
When you struggle He will scoop you up and lovingly carry you in His strong arms. He will lead you to green pastures and still waters. He will make you to lie down and rest.
Why? Because God is Love... and
Because God Loves You (period).
No matter what part of the globe we inhabit...we have one thing in common - we are loved and cared about immensely by the Creator of the Universe. He is present in our everydayness. He is the God who sees. He sees you right where you are and He truly cares about you!
The world or one tiny sparrow...He holds them both lovingly in His hand.
You are NEVER outside His love...be blessed.
In His love,
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