It would be a safe assumption to say that everyday we make a variety of choices and decisions ranging from what to wear, to what we will do with our life? It is one of the greatest attributes of humanity, that we have the ability to make choices and decisions. We are not puppets on strings. How often do we take for granted our ability to reason and consider, to think and decide our words, thoughts, and actions. What is more is that the ability to make a choice is not only part of our design, written into our being, but it is a gift from our creator. God wants us to be able to choose. I have often heard Him being accused of trying to be a puppeteer who controls all our movements, but that is the furthest thing from the truth. Yes he wants us to choose him and love him, yet nothing is forced upon us. We choose to accept or reject: Free will! The Bible is full of examples of choices made by individuals. Right at the beginning of creation we have Adam and Eve, mankind made perfect by God and living in an amazing designer made Garden to live in and care for. The only thing asked by God was not to eat the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden! They decided though, with a bit of persuasion from a crooked serpent, to disobey God, which resulted in their expulsion, and the destruction and decay of all things created. Bad choice! Skipping way ahead, the events in the garden of Gethsemane show us the struggle that Jesus had about going to the cross. Jesus could have avoided the cross, and decided not to die. The battle raged in him about giving up his life or not, but Jesus makes a choice to follow God and to do as he wished when he prayed , “not my will but yours, Father”. Even up on the cross, at the moment of death, we see a choice being made. Two thieves hung on crosses either side of him. One chose to hurl insults and ridicule, whilst the other chose to accept Jesus for who he was and ask for forgiveness! Jesus’ purpose for coming was to give his life as a sacrifice in order to erase the wrongs of humanity, to eradicate the barriers that separate us from having a relationship with God, to bridge the gap between us and heaven. He came to set right the balance of nature and to offer forgiveness and restoration not to a culture or society, but to individuals on a personal level. It’s a One to One thing. The two thieves situation is a perfect illustration. And yet, despite the thief’s rejection of Jesus, that didn’t stop Him from loving that thief and still dying on the cross for him. God gives us the ability to make choices, and to decided what or who we want to follow, but our choice, whatever it may be, doesn’t stop him from loving us unconditionally. I find that comforting and reassuring.
Medium: Colour graphics pens on watercolour paper