Tiredness turned to great relief

One day a tired-looking father said to me that he was really worried about his finances, trying to make both ends meet each month. Same story, every month showed signs of toil and burden on him. This young father have always been God-fearing and honored God first. He was reluctant to open his heart to anyone he knew. He never revealed anything and kept everything to himself. No one could ever imagine his situations and struggle for his family.

As usual, he went to church for Family prayer where the Lord speaks and reveals through His word. His words were..

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2

These words were speaking to him, kept working in him immediately. He understood this answer was from God. He believed that God can do all things and His purpose cannot be opposed or stopped from happening. He is the great and mighty God. He will fulfill His purpose for him. He left the church with peace and quietness, full of hope. He prayed that this word come true in his life at this point of his need.

Although this father came to a stand-still point with no help or support for this month’s expenses, he put his trust on the words of God. Because God is firm in his purpose and “what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. ” In a matter of 5 days, God opened the doors to opportunity to bless him abundantly, more than he expected. This estimated income was more than he could imagine. He was full of joy and praise for God. He trusted in God and God blessed him.

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3. Call on God, he will speak to you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Don’t give up.

Taste love through worst pain

A certain young lady was talking to me about her fear of doctors and hospitals. I wondered where this was going. It was the smell of Dettol, anti-septic creams, latex gloves, syringes, mobile equipments, beds, sample collection vials and heavy lights. She was terrified and would cringe about it at any point even when there was casualty. On an another day, she was swiftly moving past a busy crowd. It was a narrow hallway with many metal hooks on one side similar to the ones where children hang school bags at school.

She hit her right thigh so hard. Extreme pain and heat rose up in few minutes. In few hours, that part of her thigh became swollen and appeared like a big red tomato. She was taking in her pain but it was too much to bear. She groaned with pain and fearing doctor at the same time. She didn’t know how to treat her pain and reduce her swelling. But she had been constantly hearing of someone whom she could trust. So she prayed to God. She also applied oil on the wounded area quietly mumbling to herself ” By the wounds of Lord Jesus Christ, I’m healed”. She kept repeating these words with faith and only hope. She decided not to visit the doctor, fearing the treatments and pain.

Within 6 hours, the wounded area was reducing in size. The change was much visible to her so she did not give up her proclamation. She continued until it was completely gone. God indeed had watched her word of faith and prayer. She was waiting for His Almighty power and he blessed her with healing. He healed her quickly without any other treatments. She is grateful to God for this miracle and leads a life pleasing to Him. May God of great compassion bless her and may His awesome presence be with her. His love heals.

Way too wonderful

This is a true incident that happened to an enthusiastic 10 year old boy in his school days. His artistic talent led him to pencil sketching and many more. He was blessed in many ways. No doubt, his parents gave him the best of everything a child could ever dream of. As days passed by, their financial situations changed. His father’s business income dropped. There was tight budget and tried to make both ends meet every month. It continued for some months until the point when they were worn out and could not pay school fees for their only son.

The mother was in distress. They tried and prayed until the last day of payment of school fees. The father suffered emotional pain that the child would be caught up in utter disappointment. Everyday disappointments were too much to bear for the family. There came the last day of payment and they were still praying about it.

The family made routine visit to his grandparents to convey love and regards to them as is the culture of South Asians. They had not shared the financial crisis to anyone nor asked for help. To their surprise, the grandparents stood up and given them a great sum of money saying some other relative in the family wanted to give away to them as a token of love. This act of God’s wonder and excitement that came from God’s way of answering their prayers were just awesome.

Today, he is grown up man in his 30s and teaches his children the fear of God. What a wonderful God He is !

The Day I saw light

A beautiful young lady in her 20s told a delightful story. She was blessed with beautiful children. Her house was never lacking in anything good. She had all that she dreamed of. She could desire of anything and things came to be. Anyone would say she was a lucky woman. Her relatives and people around her too never lacked anything because they acquired from her.

She could hear everything about things taken from her. Although they were few sincere souls around her, they were others who mocked her and rob her of her good things. That’s when she was starting to feel troubled. Her only weakness, she was blind and helpless. She came running to a place where she knows God speaks. She went to a church. She cried out to God for help. She then went back home with relief, hoping God will soon answer her prayer.

She did not stop praying, asking God for help in her weakness. Her eyes were both blind and she could hear people steal good things from her. She herself could not treasure it. She was thankful to God for His blessings for her life but she wanted to see them.

Days passed, one day early morning as she turned sideways on her bed, she saw ray of sunshine. She was overjoyed. Finally, it was happening. She was starting to see light. With faith, she holds on to the truth that God exists and He rewards those who diligently seek him… As said in the Bible in Hebrews 11:6

Happy news, Big Day

A much-awaited day is approaching ! This is something epic to me. It was taking a long while to happen and I had been waiting too long. This anticipated wait kindled a range of emotions. I had been praying while waiting. I could not stop.

It was my Australian citizenship ceremony, the day of beautiful beginnings. After a long long wait, God who thinks of me and remembers me sent a happy news. The coming week is going to be a Big Thank you Week to God. He has answered to my every prayer. God had been mindful of me and cared for me since the time I applied for citizenship. He had thoughts of me living in this country. He did not turn back until he accomplished the purposes of his heart. “His will be done on earth” was my prayer. And it happened so.

Everyone in my family received citizenship ahead of me although we applied together at the same time. I was left out, waiting and worried. I am grateful to God who is mindful, cares and satisfies my every need with good things. Thank you Lord for this big day.

His word says : The Lord will indeed give what is good,
    and our land (Australia) will yield its harvest (good things). Psalm 85:12

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:4

To Lord Jesus Christ, be all glory, honor and praise!

Ashes to riches

A childhood friend of mine, Raja was born and brought up in quiet streets of suburban part of South India. He was a slum-dweller with his little family, residing in the back streets of his busy hometown. Being the first-born, his parents named him Raja which meant King. Unlike his name, he was always seen in a white singlet and brown trousers which appeared worn out and dull. As a child, his ambition was to become a builder as his father was doing the same.

He always came to Sunday school as a young child. There he learnt about God and his attributes through His works among people. He listened to incidents of how God lifted up the humble, how God caused the humble to succeed, how He lifted the lowly, made them King and seated them on the throne. He was amazed about who God is. His heart and mind were occupied with thoughts of Jesus, His miracles and how He changes lives. Raja adored God and His son Lord Jesus Christ. He started to read scripture at a young age. God’s word brought hope and filled him with peace and joy.

Everyone around him could see he was standing in faith in Jesus. When time for his wedding drew near, he desired to have a God-fearing wife and to lead a God-centred life. He wanted to keep God as the top priority and his word as a guide for his life. He knew it was not his parents but the Spirit of good Lord was nurturing him every step of the way. Because he knew “The Lord watches over the way of the righteous”.

His 2 young children and his wife are happy, peaceful and content with God by their side every day. God had lifted him up from where he was born to a beautiful place where he had never dreamt of. Flying on an aeroplane and living in a foreign country was more than he imagined. Today, he is grateful to God for his everlasting love and unfailing favor shown to him each day. God’s blessings are upon him.

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3

From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people. Psalm 3:8

Walk-in free and enjoy riches

A friendly and intelligent person I know was a fresh engineering graduate. His happy-go-lucky life always filled him with surprises and good things. He would eat whatever he craves for. He also buys the best wear from his favorite shops. He had everything except for one which is his identity in the society.

When he was content and had no worries of the world, people around him ask him what he was. And he had no answer. That stopped everything. For some years, he remained unemployed although he was seeking out every day. He prayed to God every day that a way be opened for him. Many of his job applications were rejected straight away. His frustration grew worse. His nature became different, from being friendly to being hostile to anyone and everyone. He became a difficult person to deal with. He would lock up his door behind him. He would only let people talk to him for brief moments.

He was losing his smile. He was grim faced. His careless words showed rage and low self-esteem. He found very hard to like anything, even food. He knew days were passing and life was becoming miserable. People would not stop bugging him. Struggling to connect, he even lost friendships who wouldn’t recognise the pressure. He moved away from them. The ones closest to him was his family but he was close to none.

God knew he was broken-hearted. He received an interview letter from a top engineering company out of the blue. He couldn’t believe his eyes. He walked in, attended it, aced it. God knew his sorrows. With his heart full of compassion, showed him riches of his mercy and he opened doors of opportunity for him. He comforted him as a father comforts his child. That’s the comfort he would not find anywhere in the world. He carried him on his shoulders thus far as a father would. He now acknowledges that Heavenly Father God is a wonder working God.

Through Lord Jesus Christ, God, the Comforter in sorrow touched his heart.