Hello everyone.. From next week, we'll be starting a new Mid-week series here *Midweek Chatter with Sebastian* ! Yippeee!
The background to 'meeting' this young man Sebastian aka Sabba Sabba (there's a story behind that lol) is a testimony in itself and one that makes me smile everytime I read or remember his first email to me.
It was one Monday like that and I was feeling particularly 'down'.. You know those days when you just feel - "I'm getting tired Lord" and I remember I was having an alone time with God (not particularly feeling 'relational' at that moment lol) but knowing that I had no choice but to do so as I recognise that He is my only option! So I poured out my heart to Him.. Like really did, and I remember clearly one sentence I kept repeating - "Lord, I really need encouragement. Send me encouragement.. Like something real that I know it's from you.. Just encourage me!"
Well, a little later that evening, I saw that blinking red light on my phone and I checked to see that I got an email.. When I saw the foreign name, I was like *rolls eyes*, "another spam email from Blogger! Arghh!".. I read the email title and guess what it was?!! "Encouragement from Germany" (I smile at God's extra faithfulness as I write this).. I read through and here was this young man who 'out of the blue' was writing me from Germany to just let me know that he just left Nigeria as an exchange student and he reads the blog frequently and it had encouraged his spiritual walk etc... In his words as written in the email..
"...Anyway, I don't really know why I am telling you all this, there are still so many experiences and impressions I need to process, but I just wanted to encourage you to keep it up."
As you can imagine, I thought it was a joke! Like a lie! Like "God, you mean you literally answered my prayer?!" Lol
... Yes He did.. My Abba Father listened to the request of His little girl in the most amazing of ways.. This is one of the many experiences that makes me fall deeper in this love relationship with the Lover of my Soul..
In the same vein, I want you to know that God IS mindful of YOU.. You think He doesn't hear you when you cry? You think He doesn't hurt when you do? You think He is not mindful of your labour of love? You think He doesn't understand when you just feel like giving up?
He does. He cares. He loves... and no one could ever match how much He does!
Don't stop trusting, don't stop asking, don't ever think that your 'little' or 'big' requests don't get to Him.. Every single time you pray, He listens..
And I pray particularly for you who need that reassurance, that hug from God - May He do something so real for you that you will know without a shadow of doubt that it was Him.
"Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget but I will not forget you" Isaiah 49:15
"What is man that you take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?" Psalm 8:4
"But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows" Matthew 10:30-31
"Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust." Psalm 103:13-14
PS Sebastian kindly agreed to a do a blog series on his experiences during his 6-month stay in Nigeria - Get ready for a very witty next few Wednesdays people!! xx