Yesterday at work, I was making a cup of chai latte at our Keurig machine. It was 57 degrees in the building, and despite my space heater and jacket, I was cold. Out of the window, I saw a woman getting out of her car. She came into the building and asked for the restroom. On her way back, she asked me if it would be okay to help herself to some fresh coffee. I said of course, and was overwhelmed with this feeling that I should pray for her to feel welcome and curious here…that she might have a desire to pick up a bible and be saved by the truths inside.
I started daydreaming a scenario in which I was one of those people brave enough to meet her out there, ask her if she knows Jesus, and then sit and join her for a conversation about him. Which led me to wonder…what would I say if someone asked me about Jesus? I’ve had people debate me, ask me to pray for their loved ones…but no one has ever said “Hey, what can you tell me about Jesus?” I never want to turn people off to God by pushing my beliefs or giving a lecture. If somebody had lectured me, surely I would not have listened.
Surely there are kind, beautiful truths about God that can be shared; things that make sense and are easy to digest. I would want to tell them those things. So here are the simple, beautiful truths about God that I know to be true.
He loves you, fiercely. He loves you so perfectly that it is impossible for him to hurt you. Impossible.
He is fair and just. He will never treat you unfairly, and he will defend you when you are treated so.
He hears you, always. You may feel like “one voice in a sea of pain,” but he hears your voice, every time you use it. (Quote from Hold My Heart by Tenth Avenue North.)
He will not ever put you on hold. Your pain is not less than anyone else’s.
He can’t think of a single thing more valuable than you. He knows and sees all your faults and weaknesses, but he does not regret – even for a second - dying for you.
He feels you. He doesn’t just know when you are hurting, breaking, panicking, seething… He feels it. His heart breaks with yours. He is desperate to comfort you.
He will never force your hand. He will not make you do anything. Anything. You have free will, always. He may nudge you and encourage you and call you in a certain direction…but he will never force you.
And, perhaps the greatest truth I ever realized: Even if I had been the only person on the earth, with my insecurities, temper, and sins…he still would have done exactly the same thing. History would not have changed. He would have looked at me and said “You are worth this.” He would have suffered the same way and died and risen again for even just one life; even just my one life. Your one life.
God desperately wants your attention. Jesus died for you, he loves you, and he wants to spend the rest of your life in a deep friendship. God is everywhere, all the time… Check your coffee cup.