Friday, June 29, 2007

Come to Me, Just as You are

Come to Me, Just as you are
Be open, truthful and naked
For I know you and I see beyond you
And I love you just the way you are;
Come to ME, Just as you are
With your fears and feelings of hopelessness
I will give you the Spirit of Faith to overcome
For I love you just the way you are;
Come to ME, just as you are
With your pains, sorrows and broken-heartedness
Oh my Beloved, I will give you joy
For I love you just the way you are;
Come to ME, Just as you are
With your burdens, guilt, sense of defeat
It has not been easy, I am here for you
For I love you just the way you are;
Come to ME, Just as you are
With your smiles, laughter, joy and thanksgiving
Ask according to my Will, it shall be done
For I love you just the way you are;
I have given you hope and a secure future
I have taken away your pains and illnesses
I have given you resilience, victory, peace and bliss
No need to think of yesterday, today or tomorrow;
Come to ME, Just as you are
My Beloved Child, do not be ashamed
I see you as my masterpiece, you are flawless
And I love you just the way you are.

The Inspiration
Often times in the past I have chosen when to come to the presence of God. When I am sure I have lived “right” maybe for a week without consciously sinning, then I am sure that is the right time to be friends with God. Or probably when HE has done something good for me, that’s when I remember to say “Thank You God”. When trials come, most times I remember God out of fear not faith. But whenever I am without God, I feel empty.

There was one fateful day I decided to write HIM a letter to vent my frustrations concerning some things happening around me. Then HE began speaking to me through the words I was writing. HE wanted me to spend time with HIM. We got talking about what spending time with HIM entails (this would be a subject for another day) and in the section for “Manner of spending time with ME”. HE said “Open, Truthful, Just as you are at any point in time…”. God knows us more than we know ourselves, I got to realize, so we should simply trust HIM. HE went on to say, “There is no limit to how open you should be with me. Just come to me just as you are.” I guess at that point HE was reading my mind where I was saying, “Even when I am wallowing in the guilt of a sin freshly committed?” HE continued, “What you should know is that I see you as my masterpiece – flawless, but when you try to hide, when you are not open, I feel you do not want me to see you the way I should…”

After the letter writing, HE gave me the Words which I have put to produce the poem "Come to ME, Just as You are". It is amazing to know you have someone who wants you just the way you are. HE’s not going to say you are my child today because you are good, healthy, good looking and full of smiles. HE is not going to disown you if you go wrong, if you are feeling down or if you feel low of yourself. HIS love is not based on our circumstances. HE is love and that is just the way HE is.

I asked God to teach me something about HIS love and HE made me go on a journey (A mental Jouney)…
I went to see some relatives one day and my youngest cousin stepped out of the bedroom wearing the most revealing clothes, hair I’m sure a mad woman won’t carry, make up brighter than the morning sun (Pardon my descriptions). Then her dad said, “My favourite daughter, how are you doing this morning? Come give daddy a hug!”
After all their display of affection, private talk, she left. And he muttered, “I just love this girl. She is wonderful!”
I could clearly see the love in his eyes as if he had been charmed.
Then I said, “Uncle, don’t you know your daughter is the worst girl on campus? She has slept in almost every room in the boy’s hostel. The prostitutes on the street don’t talk to her because they feel she is worst than them. Her character is nothing to write home about!”
My uncle replied, “I love my daughter so much, just the way she is. I see beyond her physical. Others may see her as the clothes she wears, the hair she has on and the makeup on her face. But I see her as my daughter, a girl with a lot of potentials, a very beautiful daughter she is. I love her. If I do not show her love, where do I expect her to find it? She knows that no matter the situation, whether good or bad, she has a father who loves her for who she is.”
I also noticed that when each of his other sons and daughters came out, he had something loving to say to them. “My special son”, or “My adorable one”, or “My Love after your mother”.

That was when I learnt that GOD loves us for who we are and each and every one of us is special to HIM. (This does not mean you should purposely do wrong or live against HIS will because you know HE is loving and forgiving. As for My Uncle and his daughter, I forgot to tell him that he needs to talk to his daughter about the physical because that is a reflection of what is inside. I was probably overwhelmed by his kind of love).

Take time out today to tell GOD you love HIM and if you want to know more about HIS love, read the Bible.

Remain Blessed.


Kemmie said...

very strong words. I m sure a lot of folks can identify with this. we need to come to God EVERY time. The bible says pray without ceasing. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of the Song.....Just as I am without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me...
Really inspiring and encouraging to know that God is there, even in our state of helplessness. Come as u are and be willing to be moulded as a vessel for God. NO LEVEL OF REPAIR IS BEYOND THE POTTER.


Esuru Rita Onyige said...

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Believe me, your words have taught me so much and helped me draw closer to God. God bless you.