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)

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

Living just by seeking

A young lady in her 20s embarked on a unique journey. She certainly started with her best foot forward. Her deep seated thoughts of her upcoming changes of her life seemed visionary. Little did she know what was coming up. One day at a time, the rudder of her boat moved her to disembark to a new journey. Her strong tower of dreams and refuge of illusions were shaken. In addition to that, her possessions were taken away from her. Anyone would possibly take on another path but she did not waver.

There was someone she knew that by seeking him, she would live. Just not live, but life and hope would be added to her. Whenever she came to meet him, he empathized for her and would meet her needs, whatever it may be. She just wanted someone to listen to her, all that her heart was weighed down with. He was surely listening to her every single word and every single sigh. He was watching every tear drop that rolled over her cheek, every matter that brought her distress and heart ache. He was searching her heart and knowing her mind as she talked.

His heart was moved with compassion. He was determined to do something for her. He had carefully planned her future. Whenever she turned to him, he had revealed her about her future days and how she might be. Little by little as she knew, she believed in his words. She took hold of his words for real although it was unimaginable and so massive and confronting to achieve. As a matter of fact, some of her future plans had not involved her money or her time or made use of any resources. She did not chase after it but it came to her.

Truly, he had been a good man, worth given in marriage to. For he had sown seeds of love gently and patiently and invested his time to love her, cherish her dearly. He was the only true reason for her well being. If she had to recount, there cannot be a man so near and dear, so good and faithful as him. He is the one who still carries her close to his heart. That my friend was the love of Jesus Christ.