5 God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and he gave us his Spirit as the guarantee of all that he has in store for us.
6 So we are always full of courage. We know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord’s home. 7 For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight. 8 We are full of courage and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and be at home with the Lord
The lyrics of this song is so fitting. (Except for the fact that I don’t dance.) The words say all that I would’ve wanted to say in this post.
Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God
119 Blessed are the [a]undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord!
My father is a very honest person and he would never take advantage of anyone. I remember how my mother would frequently say that my father’s simply too straight. He’d call a straight line, a straight line. Black is black and not grey or white. I think I take it from him because my mother says the same thing about me.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
This song reminds me of my father’s wake service. I had initially wanted to make arrangements for the wake service to be held at our family home but we did not have the time nor emotions to get the house prepared in such a short timeframe.
My father was an excellent provider. I grew up having a roof above my head, never starved, had good education, enjoyed time with my family. Through my father, the Lord has provided for me in my growing years. Till now, He is still faithful.
Because of God’s faithfulness, my soul can be still.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
One of the characteristics that my father had was protectiveness. I used to wonder if he realized that his youngest daughter was already past her 40s and soon hitting the 50s. Perhaps it’s just because I’m the youngest. No matter what, the youngest always remains the baby of the family.
Even when he was weak and walking about with the support of a walking stick, he’d ask me to call him for help if there’s a break in at night. That was very typical of him. He forgot how frail his body was, and still wanted to protect me.
It’s never been the same ever since he passed. He may no longer be around but the LORD still watches over me.
3 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
King David has been known as a man after God’s own heart. However, he wasn’t perfect. I’m sure the Lord in His whose knowledge is infinite saw deep into David’s heart.
When I came back to my country after graduation, I was impressed when I noticed the time my father spent reading the bible. Every night, I could hear him reading out loud. It made me feel guilty because he was spending more time with God than myself. As he grew weaker and found it painful to sit for too long, he stopped reading. But he never forgot his faith in God. A few weeks before his passing, he asked me to pray to God. He wanted the Lord to take him home. He was suffering, being bedridden. Yet how could I? So I kept praying for healing. I told him to talk to the Lord and ask what it is left for him to do in his time on earth. I said there had to be something that’s not yet done because he was still around.
Towards the end, I believe God prevented alzheimer’s from progressing further. His memory didn’t fail further and stopped hallucinating. He loved the Lord and the Lord took him home in his sleep…no more suffering.
4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Growing up in a typical (old fashioned?) Asian family, the words such as “I love you” are almost never heard. But love is definitely felt. I don’t recall growing up getting hugs and kisses. It didn’t matter then and it still doesn’t matter today because I know I was loved and cared for.
I believe that God watches over us, even when we’re unaware. Maybe you decided to take another road because of a check in your heart telling you to do so; and thus avoided a car accident.
My father wasn’t lacking in his words of advice and wisdom. Some of these are common sense but still, you do see some people going against it. The best example is do drive slow when it rain because the roads are slippery. His voice still echoes in my mind today. When it rains, I almost can hear him say “Hua ban ban. Ka sio sim” In Hokkien it is “drive slowly, be more careful”. It’s those loving advice that to me equals “I love you and I don’t want anything to happen to you.”
I spent the few days wondering how I can honour my late father as it’s a week to what would’ve been his 88th birthday. I felt the Lord impress upon my heart to write a 7 day devotional.
As a Christ-follower, I know I’m far from perfect and still very much a work in progress until the day God calls me home. I’ve often wished that I accepted the Christian faith earlier in life but in hindsight, my family members became Christians at a later age than myself. My father about 61 years old when he decided to follow Jesus. He passed away last year, when he was 87. A few days ago, I asked myself if he ever found out what his destiny was. Did he know why God created him?
When he was alive and in his younger (stronger) days, he often repaired electrical appliances. He did it on his own. I don’t think he ever studied electrical engineering or electronics but he was gifted in that. In hindsight, I believe he’s very much a peacemaker. He sought to restore broken appliances. This reminds me of our Lord who has been seeking to reconcile the world.
Ephesians 2:16 New Living Translation (NLT)
16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
We exist to bring Him glory. So as we yield ourselves to the Lord, He shapes us to be more and more like Him. Maybe I might not notice the changes in my own life. However I hope that when it’s time for me to bid farewell, my life would’ve brought some hope, joy and encouragement to some people.
As I reminisce the past, I know for certain that one of the reasons he existed was to show me the goodness of our Abba Father (in heaven).