A few nights later I met up with Alba (the wonderful friend I am staying with), and some of her friends at our local gelateria, C & G (it happens to be one of the best in Catania!). After an hour or so, the group decided to go together to grab a bite to eat. Since Alba and I had walked from our apartment, there was one car and one Vespa between the six of us. To avoid a tight squeeze in the small car, someone needed to ride with Stefano on his Vespa and that someone was me! After dinner, Stefano needed to get gas and having heard me say how much I love riding Vespas, he graciously took a scenic route back to the gelateria to drop me off as well as the picture below (grazie tante Stefano!).
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the East is from the West, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.”
~Psalm 103: 10-14
Even in the mist of being tempted to think He has forgotten me, my beloved Jesus woo’s me afresh with His blessed assurance that I am His. Like Hagar, I am comforted by the intimate reminder that He see me (Genesis 16:13, Psalm 139). Call upon Him in faith and see if He will not prove Himself faithful still:
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” ~Hebrews:11:6