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Last post for 2015

I’ve never been interested in late night parties to usher in the new year but I’m thankful for God’s faithfulness in seeing us through this year. Although every year has its own challenges, God will see us through – as He always has.

Mark 6:31 New King James Version (NKJV)

31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.

Psalm 4:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Philippians 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

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Slow Down

I thought I’d  write a short update on my knee(s) in this post. If you’ve just recently followed my blog, you’ll need to go back to my posts back about 2 years ago if you need the details. Or, I’ll just give you a short background. I injured my knees about 2 years ago when I was training for marathon. I came close to going for an operation but somehow at the last minute, I couldn’t do it. I’ve been going for treatment at my friend’s brother-in-law’s clinic. He’s a chiropractor. Healing has been good. The problem is I took off my knee braces a little too soon when my left knees haven’t regained strength so it’s getting a little painful again. And my weight has increased because I can’t do any cardio workout. So, that puts additional stress on my knees.

So, I went to the clinic this evening. I was told that I’m walking too fast. I guess it’s time to slow down. Stop rushing for everything. (Now I wish that’s the same motto at the workplace.)

When I was still studying in the local college, my sister used to tease me whenever she keeps having to stop at the traffic lights when I’m in the car. She’d say, “is it red underwear?” Obviously when I face the same situation this day, I can’t turn to her and ask her the same thing. Although I remember getting very frustrated whenever I’m stopped by the red lights.

I suppose God is also asking me to slow down…and rest. I must learn to slow down and rest in Him.

Psalm 62:5-8

New Life Version (NLV)

5 My soul is quiet and waits for God alone. My hope comes from Him. 6 He alone is my rock and the One Who saves me. He is my strong place. I will not be shaken. 7 My being safe and my honor rest with God. My safe place is in God, the rock of my strength. 8 Trust in Him at all times, O people. Pour out your heart before Him. God is a safe place for us.

 

 

Once A Week

 

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While I’ve been trying to set aside every friday evening, I must say it hasn’t been easy. The intention is to keep one day aside just to unclutter my life. What doesn’t help is my favourite Korean series is shown on Friday nights. I believe there will be benefits in quieting down and spending time in God’s word. It’s just a battle with the various noise and distractions.

A “Selah” Moment – Stop, or Pause

I have had a very bad week with issues at the workplace snowballing and people driving me up the wall. I had clashes with a colleague and that alone was enough to make me want to throw in the towel. I was so frustrated. It seemed like I had reached a dead end.  There was never a moment when I didn’t question my very existence and I wanted so much to have reached my goal.

On that Wednesday I felt like I was going to blow up. I felt all sorts of words creeping up my mouth and at that moment, I knew if I had not walked out, I may very well have uttered swear words or even curses at this certain person. Instead, I walked off, like a piece of burning coal. It took such an effort to walk away. In fact, it would’ve been easier to just retaliate. When I went back to my desk, I spoke to God in my heart, “Now would be the right time to take me out of here.” (I’ve always had that deep feeling in my heart that I am meant for something much greater, and thus,…working in the industry on a 9-to-5 would never satisfy me. I would bring back a paycheck but I would search for ways to satisfy myself. Like a revenge of some sort for slogging away without a built-in passion for that industry.)

I couldn’t sleep well because of the pent up frustrations and may have woken up on Thursday with an upset stomach too. On Thursday night, I had thought of contacting my supplier to try and work out some issues but instead, I decided to sleep on it. It was like a personal pause. I was tired and irritated and stressed. I uttered a short prayer to God and closed my eyes to sleep.

This morning, a part of me wanted to check my email to see if there was any new updates on the issue but a little voice whispered to my heart to not do anything, just rest. And so, I didn’t log in.

I decided to spend the morning doing my reading. The verse for today was Job 42:2.

(NKJV) Job 42:2 “I know that You can do everything,  And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.”

The very fact that He can do everything made me think harder about my situation. If He wanted to, He could immediately deliver me from all the discomforts. Or better yet – He could’ve prevented this entire episode. But there had to be a reason why He was allowing this to happen.

When I read the email at the office, I realized that the issue has been resolved. In hindsight, I wish I had gone to God when the issues started. I would’ve saved myself some very bad headaches. I knew that it was God helping me with this payment issue I was facing. It has given me different perspectives.

In most cases when we come across situations that are less than pleasing or situations that cause great discomfort, it’s human nature to want to leave and look for somewhere comfortable. Looking back, surely the LORD was using those unpleasant situations to shape our characters. Sometimes we just have to pause. Stop for a while, and cling to God. See how He delivers us.

After all – there’s no such thing as instant spiritual growth and I am sure He would rather see us grow spiritually, then be comfortable.