Monday, 17 June 2019
A deep wound is the best witness. Don’t waste your pain (from my journal dated 31 Oct 2014).
Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
No two people are ever going to agree fully on everything. There must be room in a friendship for discussion and debate. There must be a feeling that the friendship is stronger than any disagreement that may arise. Genuine friends confront each other, however, in an attitude of love, helping each other to grow in Christ Jesus and to reach their maximum potential. No person is strong all the time. No person is correct all the time. No person is perfect all the time. And no person says just the right things all the time.
When I was a childcare teacher, I learned that there is much to learn from children. Their minds are not contaminated. They are pure and simple. They believe adults easily although some children try to be ‘smart’, say ‘clever’ things and tell you not to treat them as kids. However, if we don’t ‘treat’ them as kids, how do they want us to treat them? Do they want us to treat them as adults?
My principal pointed out to us that parents are the ones paying our salaries. Some children even tell teachers, “My parents are paying you your salary”. In other words, they are saying, “You have to ‘serve’ me.”
A good testimony would be one when God steps into the picture - to correct a mistake, heal a wound, give sight to the blind and enable the lame to walk. I thank God for allowing me to make mistakes. I learn from mistakes made. I habitually pray and ask God to correct my mistakes and make me a wiser person.
I thank God for picking me up always at the right time. I thank God for putting my broken pieces back together again. It is faith in Him that sustains me. I believe God’s hands are at work in my life and He is still working. His work in me is not finished yet.
I was hurt when I discovered that someone I trusted betrayed me - I saw that Jesus was hurt…
I was hurt when I know that someone doubts me – I saw that Jesus was hurt…
The devil uses ‘betrayal’ and ‘doubt’ to destroy relationships.
Whenever I am hurt, I go to Jesus. The psalmist wrote: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Shakespeare wrote: “God shall be my hope, my stay, my guide and lantern to my feet.”
This is my prayer today:
Dear Father God,
Things happen every day. Help us to recognize Your hand of grace in all things that are happening. Sometimes, people get hurt; people are wounded; people die… I believe there is a reason for everything. Nothing happens without your knowledge. I cannot imagine You saying, “Oops, I didn’t see that coming...”
Truly, You are watching over everything that is happening. You are on Your throne. You are in control. Good things happen, bad things happen too. YOUR good things may not be OUR good things; OUR bad things may not be bad; We do not see the BIG PICTURE. We often conclude wrongly. We do not see the END from the beginning and we think that ‘it’s the end’.
Father God, help us to see things through your eyes and think through Your mind. Impart to us knowledge and power. Inspire us to do the things that You want us to do. Direct our thoughts. Purify our hearts. Guard our steps every day.
In Jesus’ name I pray.
Lam Yee Ling
Footnote (for reflection) - John 15:16 - You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain.