My littlest little person woke me up last night for a drink. On my way, I checked the time. It was 3:16am. It reminded me of:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” John 3:16-17
I’ve always believed in God. That he is real. I do have questions though. Lots of them! But when my eldest little person was born, my eyes were opened. Truly opened. That a little human being can be so perfectly made. Able to breathe without being first taught, and move, and cry, and feed. Absolutely amazing.
There are miracles all around that we take for granted. For instance, take the humble caterpillar. A couple months ago we discovered several little caterpillars feasting on our chocolate mint plant. You had to look so closely to see them. Snacking to prepare for their transformation to butterflies.
When my eldest little person was born, I just could not understand how people do not believe that God exists. God tells Jeremiah in Jeremiah 1:5;
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”
He formed you too.
He knows you too.
So why do people not believe that God exists after experiencing a miracle that only God can give?
The answer: Free will.
We have all experienced free will. Exercised free will. This is how I think it works with God too. He’s not going to force anyone to do what they don’t want to do. He’s given us free will. But he’s waiting for us. To come sit with him and be present. To talk to him about our day. To care for, and love others. To show him to others.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and truth”
– 1 John 3:16
I’d love to know, when and how were your eyes opened?