It was 11:00 pm at night. I had gone to a friend’s bonfire… almost another state away. I had left at 9 pm, but as I was driving down the rocky road down to the main highway, I found that the highway had been completely closed off due to a fatal accident and I had to turn back around.
Driving back to my friend’s house, I was suddenly filled with fear and anxiety. I called my parents, telling them about the situation. I didn’t want to stay overnight at my friend’s house, but with so much distance between me and my home, I thought I didn’t have a choice.
As I texted my parents about my anxiety, my mother called me. Although they were a good 60 miles away from me, they decided—at 11:00 at night!—that they would come and get me. It took them a good hour and a half to get to my friend’s house, and we finally got home at 2 am. My feelings of anxiety in the face of an unsure situation were calmed by the love my parents showed me, coming to get me when it was more than out of their way.
The truth of the matter is, I am confident in my parent’s love for me, and I know that they would do anything needed for me. As we drove home, I reflected on their crazy love for me—and it brought to mind the love the Chibok girls’ parents have for their daughters. Only, they have no way of coming to the rescue of their daughters, whom are far away and have been far away for a very long time.
To date, Bring Back Our Girls has stated that 11 parents have passed away since their daughters were kidnapped more than 4 years ago. While 163 of those young women, as well as 106 Dapchi girls, are now freed from Boko Haram, the Nigerian government held on to them for a period of time to counsel them, making their parents wait even longer to be reunited with their daughters. 113 of these girls are still in Boko Haram captivity, with some of them claiming to never want to come back home. I cannot even begin to fathom the sorrow, fear, and anger these girls’ parents experience every day that their daughters are not home.
The Separation of Christ from the Father
This excruciating pain had by the Chibok girls’ parents is understood by Christ. Leaving God the Father in heaven, Christ came down to a dirty, messy, dark earth—and as He hung on the cross for our sins, He experienced a temporary separation with God the Father causing Him to cy out, “‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (which means ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’)” (Matthew 27:46, NIV).
Jesus, becoming sin for us, suffered separation from God the Father, so that through Him, we might personally know God the Father and be saved.
Only Jesus knows the true whereabouts and present state of the Chibok girls remaining in captivity. Only Jesus can truly heal and restore the Chibok and Dapchi girls who have made it to freedom. Only Jesus can sustain and protect Leah Sharibu, as she continues to beg the public to save her from Boko Haram.
It is Jesus alone who will do as He wishes in this situation. With all that we have, may we cry out to Him—for He is the God who, no matter the distance we have/feel from Him, will never let His people go.
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Please pray for…
- The Chibok girls, those freed and those still in captivity.
- Leah Sharibu.
- The Dapchi Girls.
- The parents of all of these young women, as well as their brothers, sisters, and other loved ones.
Thank you for your prayers!