Have you ever stopped whatever you were doing, just to think about where you are today in life and the events in life that brought you here?
Psalm 139:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will be going to a conference in July. This probably won’t be happening if some events in the past didn’t take place. I was, for a while trying to decide whether I should go but when I found out through a friend (Rachel – not her real name) that the logistics have been taken care of, and that I won’t need to worry about finding a ride to get to the venue, I immediately registered for the conference. It’s as if there’s a strong tug, and that I’m supposed to be there.
Rachel is a few years older than myself and we met at high school, whereby her younger sister Joanne, was the class monitor and I sat next to her for a year. We even went to the same tuition class. I wouldn’t have met Rachel, if I didn’t know Joanne. I wouldn’t have known Joanne if I had not dropped from “A” class to “C” class at school. (You don’t drop to “B” class because of the way the classes are segregated….. A,C,E (Home Economics), B,D,F (Commerce)).
If I had not met Joanne, I wouldn’t have known Kerrie who introduced me to the local chamber orchestra, and there I met Susan. She invited me to church, although (today) I’m not sure why I went. I think I was like a third wheeler because I tagged along with Susan and her boyfriend.
But it was during that season when my mom fell ill. I had an important exam that year and couldn’t afford to be distracted, but I was still attending church with my friend. In the midst of the chaos, I had my encounter with God. While the surgeon had brought up the possibility of a surgery (liver), I thank God for my uncle who suggested going to a specialist in Shanghai. In that moment of desperation, when I was home alone and sitting for exams while my parents were in China, I finally clung on to the hands of God that have been reaching out to me for some time. I didn’t understand the message of the cross yet, back then but my plea was for my mother’s health. To cut the long story short, God healed my mother. The situation was reversed. Praise God. My parents accepted Christ in Shanghai.
It gets more interesting. About a decade ago, I grew hungry to know the prophetic movement especially after an Argentinian pastor prophesied on me. I wanted to know how to discern and basically to be able to hear God. I bought a few books by a certain pastor whom I didn’t have the opportunity to hear him speak in person, until about 3 years ago, at a conference in Penang.
Lo and behold, he was invited to speak in my church quite recently and this time, we said “hello” and even shook hands with his wife. I met Rachel again, at my church. It turns out that she and her husband have been serving in the conference for years. I’m astounded, amazed… impressed by God.
It’s amazing that what I thought was a shameful moment, (doing badly in exams etc…that caused me to move from “A” to “C” class) was a blessing in disguise.
1 Corinthians 2:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.