Today I read that God does NOT want a personal relationship with us. Oh how my heart ached... how painful it must be to believe that God is not interested in every minute detail in our lives. How painful it must be to believe that He is a cold and distant father, demanding absolute obedience and if we don't... His love will be withheld from us. I hope and pray that was not the intent when those words were spoken.
However, it has driven me to want to address this issue as I fear there are many who perceive God in this manner. I do not believe that for a moment! Why?
Not because someone told me but because I have experienced the love of God for over 41 years.
Many years ago, God saw a little girl crying in the night who had been injured while trying to protect a friend from four teenage boys. He heard her cry out in the night, "Jesus, I hurt really bad!" As she sobbed in pain, He reached down and touched her. She saw it with her own eyes and never, ever has forgotten it!
He held the hand of a heartbroken 16 year old girl who was watching her father waste away to nothing as his internal organs began to fall apart completely as he lost his battle against cancer and infection raced through his body. In the midst of all of that, she listened to her father give praise and glory to God... nothing could stop his song! She learned that God is bigger.
As she sobbed alone out on the street the day her father died, the Father gently reminder her that she was not left alone to wander in this world... for He was and always would be her Father.
Over the years, He provided everything for this girl. EVERYTHING. He would put food on her table when there was none. He would make provisions to pay her bills when it seemed the money would not stretch any further. He brought a man who follows Him into her life and they have walked together faithfully for nearly 28 years. God has used him so much to teach her about unconditional love!
He has given her brother-friends and sister-friends who hold up her arms when they are tired and who show her how much God loves her as they are the hands, feet and voice in this world. I cannot help but think if my husband and friends love me this much, how much more so must the Father!
When she was told she had breast cancer, she could feel the presence of God beside her every step of the way. He guided the surgeon's hands. She later told me, she thought she needed to go one direction to get the tumor (it was a spiculating mass with tendrils) but something stopped her. She didn't know what but felt impressed suddenly that despite everything she was seeing, she needed to change course... and the tumor came out clean. "If I had gone the other way... "
God walked with this girl through chemotherapy. Although the path was very dark and she was very, very ill, God turned her darkness into light. She could see His light and... all around her were little bobbing lights. The lights of her brothers and sisters in Christ who had chosen to walk with her!
He protected her during radiation. Terrible burns appeared and they thought they would have to stop but... there was no pain and the tissue beneath seemed unharmed. The radiation oncologist kept looking at her and then would shake his head in disbelief and tell her treatment could continue.
I could say much more but I think that is sufficient. When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray He said, "Our Father". There is a reason for that... it is because He is and what sort of father does not want to be in a relationship with their child. What sort of father does not love their child? Earthly fathers may fail at this but our Heavenly Father? I do not believe it for a moment.
This is the sort of relationship I have with the Father? Do you? If not, the good news is that the Father does love you and He does want to be in relationship with every single one of us... .John 3:16.