Do you remember the days when you easily trusted and loved? Days when you easily reached out and expressed friendship and dependence? The days when not a day would pass by without having to share a devotion or read one. Remember the days when you were so committed to going to the gym? Do you remember?…
Well, I do remember those days…
Until there were broken hearts, shattered dreams, a divide between the rich and the poor, the black and the white, until you and I became conscious of tribalism, nepotism… Oh yes,I remember those days…Until God felt so far away?… I do remember those days until life happened, the world changed and Corona just blew everything out of proportion! Until all we can think of now is make money, eat, sleep and repeat?… It was until all this happened that our first love quickly vanished in thin air.
I remember my life back in the day. I used to wake up very early and have some quiet time with God, meditate on His word and all that. I also remember making a vow and signing a pact to stay pure until life happened in Campus and this pushed me away from my first love. God was my be all and end all until the demands that adult life bring pushed me away from my…first…love… Should that be the case really? I wonder.
I came across a very interesting quote by Peter David who said,
“That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult…then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer.”
He goes on to say, it is adults that bring about war, enmity, and destruction. I recall two innocent boys, a 15 and 21-year-old, the latter having left a toddler and a young wife, killed in cold blood as a result of ‘insane,’ for lack of a better word, politics! I mean, the leaders are moving on with life as usual, and somewhere someplace, parents are mourning their 15-year-old and a wife is now a widow! I do not get this! It is indeed insane!
Anyway, adulting is never easy, no wonder Christ calls us to be like little children, who love unconditionally and trust unreservedly! I am reminded of one Peter, in the Bible who is a great example of typical adulthood. In Matthew 26 from verse 31, we see a Peter who is too confident in himself, so sure of what he is saying at that moment. Lets’ look at it shall we?
Then Jesus said to them, “Tonight all of you will run away because of Me, for it is written:
I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.
But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.”
Peter told Him, “Even if everyone runs away because of You, I will never run away!”
“I assure you,” Jesus said to him, “tonight before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times!”
“Even if I have to die with You,” Peter told Him, “I will never deny You!” And all the disciples said the same thing. (Matthew 26:31-35)
Peter was not joking about this until the joke was on him anyway, haha!!! Three times he denied Jesus, just like Jesus Himself predicted! Peter used very powerful words, ‘Even if‘ and ‘Never‘ These are absolutes, they go against the possibility of doing otherwise, and yet, he did go against his very own absolutes.
A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”
But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:54-62)
He completely forgot His first love! Peter was extremely impulsive and acted at the spur of the moment and this greatly cost his integrity, let alone that, I mean who can trust someone like that? The look Jesus gave him spoke volumes!
As much as adulthood comes with a couple of demands, I do not want to get to a point, like Peter, where my actions and deeds will only get me to weep bitterly and regrettably so. I do not want to forget my first love regardless and this is my prayer for you too! It applies to every aspect of our lives. Be the devoted worker you once were, let not your love for each other in the marriage institution die down whatsoever, let your friendships keep burning in every season, let your Christianity reflect in your lifestyle like it did before ‘adulting’ crept in.
I end with an excerpt(paraphrased) from a song sang by Dante Bowe called Take Me back, that I cannot get enough of…
I remember when I was young
And your voice shouting loud my name
I remember when I was afraid
And, oh, the hand I felt lead the way
I remember when I was blind
And then Your love opened up my eyes
Say it again,lead me again, show me again.
Lord, take me back!Dante Bowe, Take Me Back
May God help us to never forget, the day He won our hearts! May we never forget where we came from!
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