Monday, 30 July 2018
I fell sick on 22 June. On 29 July, I'm still not fully recovered yet. It may sound like a spiritual attack but I perceive this unusual experience an unforgettable encounter with God.
The community acquired pneumonia landed me in hospital for 6 days. I was given antibiotics that may have caused my body to ‘go haywire’. Through the process of medical treatment, I gained some knowledge about our human body and how doctors treat symptoms. It is more effective to gain knowledge through our real life experiences. Thanks be to God!
On Sunday, God spoke to me through the message preached at the pulpit by our Worship Leader. He encouraged us to be unhurried, be honest and honour God... He drew our attention to Matthew 13:3-9 and 18-23. Indeed, we are the soil – hard, shallow and weedy.
Honestly, my heart is hard in relation to some things i.e. I can be very stubborn. My heart is shallow at times when I do not seek God for depth and insight. And of course, my heart is often weedy because of the many attractions / distractions in the world. Thank God that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
Dear Father God,
I thank You for all that You have allowed to happen to me and my family recently. I thank You for Your protection when the bus that I was travelling in stopped suddenly to let a car turn left - I had bumped my cheek. It was quite painful. I thank You for protecting my daughter when she was hit by a taxi. She had jumped aside... Father God, I thank You for watching over us (Psalm 121). I believe we have angels with us and the Holy Spirit in us to keep us alert – AT ALL TIMES. Father God, You are our Good Good Father! No one is like You. Thank You for loving us!
Thank You for the unplanned hospital and recovery retreat. When I put the pieces together, I could see Your hand of protection and provision. No panic but only peace You have given me. No fear but wonderful reassurances of Your presence. Thank You Lord!
So, instead of fasting on food today, I’m going to fast on my mobile phone. Being more aware of how much time I spend on my mobile phone each day, I realized that I am more concerned about doing things than about being what God wants me to be. Father, I want to learn from Mary who sits quietly at Jesus’ feet, listening attentively and not the least perturbed by the busyness around her. Father, help us to set our hearts on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2). Help us to put to death whatever belongs to our earthly nature. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. We are thankful to be called children of God. Let the word of Christ dwell in us richly. Whatever we do, whether in word or deed, let us do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Lam Yee Ling