Brian Penduka

The last few weeks I have wrestled with God and I have questioned the whole notion of religion and faith. But in one incident recently I felt God spoke to me in a number of analogies. An incident took place which involved the safely of my son (Biban), who locked himself up in the boot of our car and we were simply unaware. Here’s How I see it now:

  • Biban in the boot
    He likened my period of searching to Biban being in the boot. It was a dark place, Biban was surrounded by the dark and He was oblivious to its consequences. John 11:9-10 “Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”” Death is the result of this place. In the same way that Biban was rescued from his abyss so does God saves us from this darkness. He uses whatever tools available to save us from this place.  Galatians 1:6 questions our motives “6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel”. Why look anywhere else, but to God Himself?
  • Running to Biban
    A friend, Tapedza, helped me to see this one. He described what he saw when he watched the video. How that despite the circumstances, I still ran for my son. Ran past our car that was obviously looking broken, boot removed, and broken glass lay inside it. At this point he said he could clearly see that my mind was focused on hugging my son  and claiming him proudly as well as loud enough and for a while had no concern over earthly things (the car) and what people said to my face. The same happens with God, He runs into danger to save us. He is not deterred by the circumstances. His primary concern is us! He is only concerned with saving us, redeeming us from the jaw of death. That’s why he laid his life down for us. Truly there is no greater love than that of laying down one’s life for another. (John 15:13)
  • The Fight with the crowd
    My instinct was to fight back and in and with all MY strength and resolve the issue. But when I resigned and put down my arms though, I could see the enemy come at me with death in his mind. Yet, God framed a protective barrier around me. He sees us and cares for us and protects us even when we are weak. In the same manner He saved us, gave us salvation even when were unable to save ourselves. He is our Hero; Our Father and protector.