Strength in times of weakness

A good-willed grandfather in his 80s had been widowed recently. His was a case of stolen identity. He was cared by his people but soon forsaken and left in an unfamiliar place “aged care”. To him, it was a place where mere existence and living was a burden to others. His heart and soul was badly wounded. Grief stricken and sorrowful was his time of his life. Nothing in the aged care could motivate him to live. There was nothing that could take away the pain and anxiety of lost, forsaken and forgotten grandfather. People were led to believe in positive thinking. But that didn’t help. His medicines didn’t really seem to add anything to his health. He seemed to be weighing below 65 pounds.

A family he knew prayed for him continually. They did not give up on God because He is a God nearby and far-away. Although he is weak, God is mighty. This family put their hope in God’s unfailing love. God opened doors of favor for this grandfather and sent to him helpers who brought him back home. This was the Lord’s doing and it is still marvellous to our eyes. To grandpa, it seemed impossible. Others around him given up their hope of his survival. With God, all things are possible. The Lord is close to the broken- hearted. He has heard the cries and miseries of this grandfather. God ‘s richest grace enabled him to bring him home safe and sound. He has shown him kindness and saved him in His unfailing love.

God through Jesus Christ had given us hope and through His Spirit guided and led us in the right path to bring home grandpa safe and sound. To God be the glory because of His love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)

Way to sure reward

A close friend of mine was a sincere and humble person. He cared for the lost, lonely, forsaken and forgotten ones. His job was to provide and assist for the elderly in the community. Everything went well until he felt demanded for what was not right. He took his stand. He faced verbal abuse at work and forced to leave his job at once.

Although he was stopped from work, his humility and loving care towards the elderly did not stop. His charitable deeds were steadfast and highly appreciated among everyone he knew.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
Proverbs 16:7

A week later, the one who screwed up his job came to him and apologised to him. He made peace with him. His job was reinstated. God through Christ Jesus shows new mercies and tender love. He rewards those who seek him earnestly. God bless my friend!

Great escape

A wonderful father in his early 40s shared the story of his life. He was a busy, hard- working, sincere man. He served in a corporate firm. There was an official requirement for him to work the next day so he stayed at a motel that night. This was far away from his home. After he rented a motel room, he went in and he found three pictures on the wall which disturbed him. So he covered those wall hangings with a bed cover. Temporarily, this was the solution.

He was about to hit the bed to peacefully retire and rest up his legs. Then, there was a knock on the door which seemed like room service. As he opened the door, he found 2 men standing at the door with aggressive behaviour. Irrelevant of the situation, suddenly they pointed at the pictures covered with bed cover, kept using inappropriate language and threatened him. They had sharp knives and imposed threat on him. But this father kept quiet. These men abruptly left with these words “Because of your God, you are safe today”. Yes, it’s true. This father believes in Lord Jesus Christ whom God raised from the dead.

Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death. Psalm 68:20

God Most High is great and awesome. He saves, protects and escape from death comes from him.

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