Wednesday, 31 December 2014

God is Sovereign

In the last few moments of 2014, I reflect upon the year and praise God that in every circumstance, He was present and sovereign.

Raising children is not easy and many times, I doubted my parenting ability. I wondered if I had given good advice or if I had been a good role model. When little An had rashes for a week or when J was in his rare uncooperative mode, I pondered over what I could have done better. In every situation, I thank God that I can always commit my cares to Him and am always encouraged by His word or by an incident that happens.

Like today, I was gratified to hear J sharing God's word to my aunt and inviting her to church to learn more about God. That reassured me that God is working in his life and using him. Little An is also growing well. Her smiles and cheekiness never fail to brighten up my day. I pray for wisdom as Lyn and I continue to guide the two children in the way they should go.

Many mishaps took place around the world this year, the most recent being the downing of QZ8501. I feel for the family of the victims. I can imagine the anguish they feel as debris is being recovered and bodies are found. I pray that they will find spiritual healing. Earlier this month, a gunman also took hostage of patrons at a cafe in Sydney, shocking the rest of the world.

Such incidents put fear in the hearts of people and I hear of people thinking twice about going overseas. The Word of God has already warned us about perilous times in the last days. I am glad that the Word also contains promises like "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" and "A thousand shall fall at your feet and ten thousand at your right hand but it shall not come near you". J and I read yesterday about how three Hebrew boys were thrown into a fiery furnace but were not burned. Instead, an angel of God protected them and this led King Nebuchadnezzar to praise their God (my God). May we be strong in our faith in these times and lead others to praise Him as they see the power of God in us.

Since I mentioned the Sydney incident, I thought I would also write about how I felt sorry for the gunman. I definitely think that his act was heinous. But that he turned out like this might suggest that he did not have a happy life and some circumstances might have led to rewiring of his brain structures, which in turn was related to the committing of crimes. I pray that we would all show love to those around us and that everyone would have a chance to experience love and joy in their time on earth.

As I write these things, a song came to my mind and this is my prayer:

Let there be love shared among us
Let there be love in our eyes
May now Your love sweep this nation
Cause us O Lord to arise
Give us a fresh understanding
Of brotherly love that is real
Let there be love shared among us
Let there be love

Blessed new year.

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