You may already be aware that the fullest and greatest extent of the love of God was expressed in Christ on the cross when he shed His blood on that rugged cross for the remission of our sins (Romans 5:8). How out-of-this-world such love is! It can’t be measured! For He Himself said, “Greater love has man than this, that a man should lay down His life for His friends.” (John 15:13).
I have been thinking about how thoughtful the Lord is about me and it keeps me thinking about His goodness, love, grace and mercy! They’re utterly unsearchable. This is one of my random thoughts which may seems extremely random, but I don’t take it lightly at all. You know, David said something striking in Psalm 139, which is so awesome. In verses 17 and 18, he asserts, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”
Whoa! Let those verses soak in! Read them again! Think upon them! Relish the taste of those heavenly words! Don’t they make you fall in love with Him all over again! Ei! The sum of His thoughts concerning you alone cannot be numbered- they are more than the sand…not on the seashore (all sand!) Lord Jesus! How you love me! How you love us!
So, why am I talking so much about this love of the Lord in this way? Because He showed it to me in another dynamic way that I never considered.
Recently, I got so fascinated by cashew nuts and yearned so much for it…but after one particular encounter with a certain ‘konko’ of cashew nuts I bought, I thought to myself, “Men, these nuts are nuts!”
Anyway, I travelled to Kumasi one day and on my return we stopped at a filling station to stretch and attend to the call of nature. I hadn’t eaten throughout both journeys so I was starving, but I did not know what to eat. I strayed into the filling station shop and then something I have never seen started glistening from one of the shelves. I looked and looked and looked and then I touched it. I held it close to me and and began to read the package! It was cashew nuts…but this time beautifully packaged! I bought it and boarded the bus. Then I opened the package and chewed some ‘samples’. Oh, how nice it was!
By the time, I arrived in Accra, I had eaten 3/4 of the contents. Mind you, it was really a lot. So when I arrived, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I just buy two? How do I get the same cashew nuts to buy again?” I had no intentions of going back to Kumasi anytime soon.
But lo! It happened that one Friday, about a week or so after travelling to Kumasi, I was once again asked to go on another assignment there. They had no idea how excited I was about the trip! Truth be told, aside the assignment, the trip was a cashew trip! Glory! So I got my cashew nuts on my return journey, plus some books.
One lesson I learnt from these trips was that if you have to do something do it now, for you know not when again you will have another opportunity to do it. As Leonard Ravenhill has said, “The opportunity of a lifetime is seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
This may not seem much to you but it means a lot to me and I want to thank God from the depths of my heart for affording me such a great opportunity to get my cashew again.
You may ask, “Aren’t there other filling stations in Accra you could have gotten it in?”
My answer is in the words of song by VaShawn Mitchell: “I searched all over, couldn’t find [no cashew]…”
My encouragement to you is that the faintest thoughts and desires within your heart that you figure the Lord is not concerned about because He’s so busy taking care of the universe are so precious to Him. All you have to do is to believe! Of course, you also have to ask. In my case, I did not even voice it (even though I secretly yearned for it). I was about His business- we went for missions the previous weekend, and won some souls, bringing joy to heaven. I occupied myself soaking messages and spending time in His Presence. Not once did I even talk about it to Him (but I remember keeping the wrapper for whatever reason…maybe because it was pretty attractive). But all along, He had planned to do it for me. Reminds of a verse in Psalm 37: he says delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart (verse 4).
Of course, I cannot leave you without reminding you to guard your heard with all diligence, for out of are the issues of life and to think on things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, and of good report (Proverbs 4:23; Philippians 4:8).