Because He Loves Us

by Nikki


“I miss the Food Network,” I tell her over tea and pastries. Her eyes turn bright while her shoulders square up for conversation. And she asks me excitedly which shows I miss most.

My answer surprised even me. Because I don’t remember scheduling my days around them or talking to my best of friends about them.

What I do know is I haven’t forgotten what they taught me.

Take Alton Brown for example. Now, he can show me how to ensure the best hard-boiled egg every time.

A lot of people can do that, yes.

But he tells me why.

And if you tell me why and show me how, it clicks with me. I’ll never forget.

She takes a sip from her brew as she gathers her thoughts. And confesses how we differ with her next breath.

“I don’t need to hear why, I just need to see it. All of it.
Not the beginning and cut to the presentation bit. All of it.”

My head nods repeatedly. I swirl my spoon around the rim as I tell her,

“We both need the details!
You need to see them, I need to hear them,
but we both need to know them.”

We delight in our commonality. And exclaim our new-found discovery:

Everyone likes to be in-the-know.

Her eyes focus on the remaining piece of spiced pumpkin pastry as she whispers into the void:

“So that’s why faith is so hard.”

My head instinctively begins to agree when suddenly I hear His whisper. I set the mug down to make sure I don’t miss anything and she looks up to interpret my reaction.

I do my best to let her know I agree. Faith is hard. To trust in the unseen is beyond normal. Even Jesus knew this would be a challenge.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:29

But I wonder if we make it harder than it needs to be. And I wonder if His whisper to me is more than we need.

Friends, we are in-the-know.

We know He loves us enough to give everything He had away. (John 3:16)
We know He died for us to give us a new life.
We know He’d do it all again.

We know this world is a battlefield — and we know who wins. (I Corinthians 15)
We know He’s coming again to claim His prize.
We know our name can be written into eternity.

He didn’t leave us here clueless, He gave us a manual.
He didn’t leave us alone, He gave us a guide. (Romans 5:5)
He doesn’t expect us to fight alone, He gave us each other.

And I wonder…

Maybe faith is believing the ‘why’ has been answered every time.

Maybe the answer to “Why?” is always simply:

Because He loves us.

And if He tells me why and shows me how every day…May I never forget.

How about you, friend? Are you in-the-know? I’d love to hear.

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Nikki is a loved wife, blessed mom, mere child saved by grace who strives daily to live like she deserves it. Before she was blessed with her role as a mother, her favorite jobs included teaching piano and working in interior design. She has a hard time saying no to peanut butter and chocolate and if you meet for coffee, a chai tea latte will be in her cup. She journals her thoughts on a blog titled Simplystriving. There you will find her journey of seeking joy in the everyday while simply striving to become all that God has made her to be.

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