TASHA CHIRWA: GOD IS MINDFUL OF YOU

Psalms 8 vs 4-5 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them  with glory and honor.

In john 21, Simon Peter told the disciples he is going fishing and Thomas Didymus, Nathaniel, John & James (the sons of Zebedee) and two other disciples decided to go with him.  They toiled all night but caught nothing. 

4As morning was breaking, Jesus [came and] stood on the beach; however, the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish [to eat along with your bread]?” They answered, “No.” 6And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat (starboard) and you will find some.” So they cast [the net], and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great catch of fish

9So when they got out on the beach, they saw a charcoal fire set up and fish on it cooking, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three [of them]; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.

I love how Jesus addressed his disciples in this moment as “children.” Just as parents’ fuss over their children, Jesus too was so concerned that his disciples had stayed up all night, wasted their time and energy but had caught no fish. He felt their frustrations and disappointment.  I am sure the disciples thought of how they had cast out demons along with Jesus and preached the gospel but now, they couldn’t even catch ordinary fish.

Jesus knew they were frustrated, hungry, exhausted after all their efforts and he not only met their needs by supplying a net breaking catch of fish, but he had a fire to warm them up and Bread for them to eat along with their fish.

God is mindful of every one of his children. Our concerns are his concerns for he loves and cares about everything concerning his children. Most times we assume that God is only bothered about the big problems that we have and therefore leave out the small things because we assume it’s not that important. But He wants us to come to him with ALL OUR BURDENS. 

Psalms 55 vs 22 says Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be [a]moved. 

All our burdens can be anything including being frustrated over your hair not growing, your child’s attitude, that noisy dog that backs all night etc. No matter how silly it sounds, Jesus is concerned about it as much as you are.

Last Christmas, something happened that made me realise how God is so mindful of me.  I was so depressed the previous Christmas that I didn’t bother making any plans or even celebrate the birth of our Lord. So, this time I felt I needed to give my son the best Christmas ever and realised I have so much to be thankful for.  I thought of buying a Christmas tree, but I did not have enough money. On top of that, Christmas was two days away so there was no way the tree would have been delivered on time. I remember walking home that day just imagining and telling God that it would be nice to have a Christmas tree. 

There was a Children’s Christmas party in the building where I lived that evening and my son was invited So we went. They decorated the room to look like wonderland, with a little forest of Christmas trees and it was so beautiful. After the party, one of the organizers just walked up to me and asked me if I wanted a Christmas tree and I was shocked.

I was so overwhelmed because I didn’t think that God could answer my prayer that quick. I was so mind blown that he cared about my wish for a Christmas tree. I thought it was a silly thing to ask about.

So that evening, I sat down Beside that Christmas tree and just marvelled at how much God loves me and is mindful of me.  The excitement on my sons face was priceless and in that moment I really understood Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

So, dear friend, don’t assume that some of your request are too silly or unimportant to God. Remember he is our father and loves to give his children good gifts. 

Matthew 7 vs 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

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