My friend is desperate.
She is in search of a miracle.
She is chasing God all around the world.
Yesternight she was at the Kirk Franklin concert at House on the Rock Church. Before that, she had attended two services at two different churches earlier in the day.
She says she needs to get pregnant – because her boyfriend demands it.
He has laid down the rules. She must get pregnant before he marries her. He needs to know she is fertile.
I asked her if the pastors who pray for her know her exact need.
She responded, “Yes.”
“But you are not married. Why would they pray for you to get pregnant?”
“Well I approach them after I have answered a pledge offering.”
“Yes, you know when the pastor announces in church that God says so-so-and-so amount is needed for something and if you give money, whatever your need, God will provide it.”
“Ah I see.”
“It has not been easy but I am still holding on to God.”
“Maybe He has not answered your prayers because this your overly-demanding bobo is not the guy for you.”
“Ah no o! God cannot do that o. He is a faithful God. He said we should claim our possessions in faith and He is faithful even to the hopeless as long as the hopeless do not get tired of asking for the need that is not yet met.”
“But will that hold even if the process of fulfilling that need is sinful?”
“Sin is subjective.”
“Subjective? The bible literally says that adultery is a sin. How would you get pregnant without committing adultery?”
“When the end is of God, then the means is not sinful.”
“The end is marriage. The pregnancy is a means to that end. So getting pregnant is not sinful since marriage is an institution convoked by God.”
“But your bobo can wait until marriage for you to get pregnant. So maybe your prayers should be about him changing his mind and allowing the marriage happen before proof of fertility.”
“There is nothing wrong with what he wants. After all don’t some people and churches request for HIV status, genotype and hereditary diseases test before they approve a marriage?”
“That is different.”
“No. A proof is a proof. He is an only child. What if we get married and I can’t conceive?
“You said your faith and persistence holds God to ransom. Surely it will make you conceive after marriage.”
“I want it to work for me now! After all, Jesus could have resurrected the 5,000 people if they all died of hunger but he chose to perform the miracle of feeding them with only five loaves of bread and two fishes. I’m telling you, God does not allow work pile up. Just show him what you need today and he will save himself the trouble tomorrow.”
I had to laugh.
“Be laughing there. The ways of God is confusing to man.”
I kept laughing.
She continued without bemusement. “Luke chapter 18, verses 1 to 8 – Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town, there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary.” For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!”’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly…’”
I was silent.
She continued. “You see, God does not judge the persistent. He instead provides for the needs of the persistent. He is a merciful God and he understands that if it is not worrying you badly, you won’t disturb him.”
“So if you persistently ask God for a painful death through fire, God will provide the fire to burn you?”
She stamped her right leg on the floor and threw a half childlike tantrum. “Oh no joor!”
I started laughing again.
“Jude be serious, God is not like that.”
I just kept laughing.
Written by Jude Idada