“Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall.”—Telephone Poles and Other Poems, John Updike.
I guess everyone knows and remembers the Lord for what he has done for us. Although I know that Good Friday was yesterday, i just thought that I share something rather interesting that I have never thought or heard of from the message.
As we all know, Christ died for us… But I found out that…
The past week has been a holiday for me and for many of us students in Singapore. In this week I have found rest in the Lord and He has kept me going. I admit that the first few days were really slow work wise, however in those times, I have had the time to reflect and ponder of my relationship with Christ.
The has passed very fast and there is endless work as most people know, whatever age we may be. But in the first few days I have realised a few things:
1) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NET)
2) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1 WEB)
3) And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. (1 Corinthians 12:26 KJV)
The first is simply due to the rest we need when we are tired is just next to us - the Lord Jesus Christ our Rock and Refuge.
The second is regarding the personal relationship that we have with God. It must be so close, so much so that we feel Him and that we can dwell in the “secret place” with Him and He with us.
The third is regarding the trials and tribulations we go through. We always face problems, big or small, but we must understand in the church and in the body, no one suffers alone. This is also in meditation and pray of those in Japan and all those who have suffered because of the calamity. We are all children of God and everyone deserves our pray. Remember that the word sympathy in Greek has the same meaning as empathy. So do not just think it, but rather feel it.
I’m sure we all know what is going on in this time and age, calamities are becoming more frequent, wars and disputes are breaking out, unrest is everywhere we turn. In this time, we must recognise God for who He is and draw near to Him. Everything under heaven has happened for a reason, from the failure in your exams to the catastrophes that kill millions around us. But we must see God’s hand in all of this and even though things may seem dark, there is always a reason and that is because God wants to test us and desires our attention.
We must understand our position and see God for who He is. We are called to remember that we worship an Almighty God, one whom we should fear, not out of the scared fear, but the one out of reverence and awe.
As the Psalmist wrote:
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
He IS our shepherd, He IS our refuge and we SHOULD find comfort in Him. We have to be ready in such time, and instead of blaming God, we should recognise God and dwell in His holy presence, understanding that it was all done for a great purpose.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Even as we go through difficult times and as we contemplate the course of our actions, remember that there will always, always be sufficient time for us to do it. Each moment we have is meant for a reason and we must understand that reason, only then will we be able be more discerning and understand God better.
“There was only one guy in the whole bible that Jesus ever personally promise a place with Him in Paradise. Not Peter, not Paul, not any of those guys. He was a convicted thief, being executed.”— Shadow, American Gods, Neil Gaiman
Have you ever felt that there was a friend that would stick next you no matter what? Or you desired to find one?
I couldn’t believe it when I found that friend. After being best friends for only a year, I hae realised that there is nothing more I want than that friend to keep me company and to talk to me. I did not expect to find that friend so fast, at such an early stage of my life and i cannot be more thankful or feel more blessed than I am now.
My friend is one whom I am worried for when she let for her trip to Chicago for a school immersion programme. She is one who accepts me for my stupidity and even stand the teasing we get in school. She is one who seems to love spending time with me no matter where we spend it, how we spend it or what we do. To spend time with my friend is more than enough to cheer up my day and I PRAISE GOD for giving me such a beautiful friend on earth at this point in my life.
I know some might think that it is childish, especially at this age, to think of a girl as merely a friend, much less your best friend. But I have realised that God works in wonderous ways to keep funny thoughts from controlling the weak body. Although we talk about personal stuff, we both realise that it is just small talk, and we trust that each will keep it personal and to him or herself. Whoever reads this, I want you to know that God will find that friend for you, He will find that special person for that very point in your life as long as you remain faithful and trust in Him.
The feeling I have now is truly indescribable and it is the emotions of the moments that I wish to share with people, so that all will know that it is worth waiting for that friend and to always trust in God.
LOVE IN GOD’S NAME AND NOTHING WILL BE THE MATTER….
“From the moment we enter this life, we are in the flow of it. We measure it and we mark it, but we cannot defy it. We cannot even speed it up or slow it down. Or can we ? Have we not each experienced the sensation… that a beautiful moment seemed to pass too quickly… and wished that we could make it linger ? Or felt time slow on a dull day… and wished that we could speed things up a bit ?”—Esenheim, the illusionist