I borrowed it from a podcast I listened to from Bethel Church in Redding, California.
Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer. “Don’t babble like the pagans because they think that prayer is about their words. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” Since God is our Father, He is fully aware of all the basics of life that we need. We should concern ourselves with His business and He will take care of ours. That’s what a loving father does!
Since God can’t plant kisses on us to tell us how much He loves us, He does it in a thousand little gestures which we often don’t even notice. Sometimes He writes them clearly in gracious acts of kindness we cannot miss.
Like, for example:
I have four sons, two in South Africa, one in Qatar and one in the USA. I happened tell my brother over the phone of my longing to visit my youngest son in Qatar and my plan to save up for the trip. “I’ll pay for your ticket,” he promised and so, on 16th December, I shall be flying out for a three-week visit to my little family in Qatar! A great big kiss from a loving Father!
A few months ago my eldest son was on the phone to me from the USA. I shared with him my dream to attend an Andre Rieu concert in Cape Town next year. His response: “Mom, that’s what I love about you. You never stop dreaming. I’ll buy your ticket for you.” Wow! Another big kiss planted squarely on my forehead. Not only are I and a friend going to the concert but we have the best seats in the house!
My trip to Qatar requires a new passport which, I was informed, would cost me R400.00. That required a withdrawal from my credit card because I did not have the cash. A few days after applying for my passport, I picked up a roll of banknotes at the main entrance of the shopping mall. I handed the money in at the manageress’s office in the hopes that the loser would make enquiries about it. Two weeks later the manageress phoned me. “No-one has claimed the money. Come and fetch it.” Guess how much it was - R400.00! Kisses raining down on me.
The biggest kiss I have ever received came from not only a loving but a forgiving Father who wrapped me up in His arms and mended a broken heart. Thirty seven years ago I gave birth to a stillborn baby girl after having four sons. I lost her through an episode of violent and irrational anger I had against my son which killed her because of a clotted umbilical cord.
In my overwhelming guilt and grief the Father came to me, wrapped His arms around me and covered me in the warmth of His love. Instead of condemnation, I received total forgiveness, peace and acceptance and deliverance from the anger that was building up inside me like a volcano.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 2:1a (NIV)
What beautiful testimonies. And I know the truth about the kind of God we are privileged to serve because everything you wrote rang true with me. The part about finding the 400R you needed right when you needed it, God has provided my needs right down to the dollars and cents so many times, right on the point of need. Sometimes I think He does it that way, say, rather than having you find 500R, just so that we'll know it comes directly from Him and won't write it off as coincidence. Thank you for sharing. I was blessed. (And your article was very well-written.)