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Friday, May 25, 2012

God of second chances!

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1 : 37

Do you feel that you are going nowhere just because you find yourself stuck with things that bother you? Then this is absolutely for you.

Yesterday, I was surprised to see Siddhu smiling at me early in the morning at around 6:20 AM.  He is 5 years old now and I live in his home as a paying guest. He held my hand and took me downstairs to show me a thick piece of paper on which he had cut and pasted Angry Birds’ green pigs. (Angry Birds is a game in which the players use a sling shot to launch the birds at pigs, with the intent of destroying them.) He had cut these out of the fruit gummies wrapper I had given him the previous day. He also colored the entire sheet of paper in green. While I stood, surprised to see how cute that was, he again took me to the kitchen, opened a cupboard, and gave me a yellow fruit gummy. He had never done that before. I told him that I hadn’t even brushed my teeth yet. He replied, “That’s fine. Take it up and eat it after you brush your teeth.” What a smart boy! He insisted, and so I took it with me. This made me feel quite happy and so I started getting ready to go to the office, with tons of smiles on my lips. Kids make our world beautiful!!!

He is a big fan of Angry Birds. He has many T-shirts that have Angry Birds pictures with many funny texts like ‘I have an angry face’, ‘I am an angry boy’, etc... That night, I saw him hanging around his mom and crying. When I asked her why, she told me that he wanted her to find the tape so he could work on that green colored paper again. When she didn’t give it to him, he really got angry and tore the paper to pieces. Once he realized that it was destroyed, he started crying. It took a long time for her to console him saying, “It’s okay. We can buy another one for you.”

It was funny to me. Recently I have been getting angry, even for small things. I didn’t yell at anyone. But the anger that we show openly is much better than the hatred we hold inside our heart. Pretty simple things disturb me a lot. But I know the magic reason for why I sometimes behave differently. I need to get closer to God. I have to have my feet rooted deep in Him. His strength will enable me to stand strong. I heard this phrase at Church: ‘When God is on our side and we are on His side, it doesn’t matter who is on the other side.’ I know we can find complete peace only in Him. But when things get worse day by day, I become afraid that things cannot be set right. But Siddhu’s “It’s no more” is easily erasable by his mother’s “Let us buy another one.” It really conveys a lot more than what I wanted to tell myself. Our pastor during His sermon preached, “Our God is a god of chances.” Breaking something several times is easy for us. But we have a God for whom rebuilding is possible. Now I really have hope that for God nothing is impossible and through Him we can do anything.

Just shake off the dust that is covering you and be willing to rise up again. Seek His help. He is waiting to rebuild the broken things in your life!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Little is not too little

They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Matthew 14 : 17,18

Good morning, friends. 

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14 : 13 – 21

I gave up the habit of writing prayer requests in a notebook and checking off the prayer requests which God answered, on a daily basis. It's time to start doing it again. One day, my friend and I went through the prayer requests, and the number of check marks we saw. It was awesome to see that our God is certainly a prayer answering God. When the check marks increased, our faith in Him increased. Hearing a “Yes” from God always made us happy. We were initially sad at a few prayer requests because they seemingly were not answered, or were answered negatively. For example, when we prayed for one of my friends’ husband to get a job at a small company, he was put on hold for several days. We felt very bad thinking that God was not answering our prayer. So I added a cross next to my prayer request, meaning the answer was a ‘No’. But you know what then happened after a few days? He got a job in a very big company. When we thought about it, we were glad that God didn’t answer our first prayer. Because of this, he was granted a bigger opportunity instead of ending up with an agreement that he would serve in the first company for at least a year. Isn’t God’s way amazing? We cannot even comprehend it by our own words.

Now let us meditate on the scripture Matthew 14:13-21. These 9 verses talk about how God fulfills our needs, in abundance.

Verse 14 says Jesus had compassion on those who followed Him. It also says that He healed them of their sicknesses. Verse 16 says that Jesus wanted to feed the people knowing that they would go tired if they walked all the way back home. He knew their needs. Verse 18 says that all He needs is, for us to surrender the little we have to Him. Verse 19 says that He wanted the people to prepare themselves for a miracle, and He blessed that very little amount of food, which could be of little or no help to the entire crowd (5000 men + their innumerable families), and multiplied it for them all. Verse 20 says that He satisfied them all. It also says that He blessed them in abundance as there were 12 basket full of the leftovers.

Wow! What a wonder! Little is not too little for our big God! The persistence to follow this compassionate God, surrendering the little things you have, and preparing yourself for a great miracle in faith and obedience, can result in abundant blessing for you & others through Him!