Now that the March and April madness have fizzled out, it is time to get back to reflections and writing, something that I missed so much over the past few months. As I got in and out of writing the past year, I realised that my best times and seasons often happen when I learn to pause and write. Not that I don’t go through challenges when I write, but my challenges take on a different meaning when I do write. I guess now is the time to make writing a habit and a practice again before embarking on anything else.
April has been a significant month for many of us. Two weeks ago we mourned for the death of a great man – the founding father of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Last week we celebrate the resurrection of a great Man – the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. For many, it was an emotional period and till now, many are still reminiscing the impact of those two events. For me personally, the season had been trying and still is, as the engine gets turned up for my work. Three more months to the big event and we are miles away from getting anything done. Once again, we are up against the impossible as time is not in our favor.
I’ve entitled this post “The Road is Long, Valley’s Deep, Ocean’s Wide in Front of Me”, taken from the song “But God” by C3 Church. This line resonated a whole lot with me the past few months as I battled the challenges of life, work and ministry. There are many things I am still battling both in and out of me, but what I love about this song is the line “But God saved the day”, taken from Pst Phil Pringle’s sermon – But God.
Just to share a couple of my favorite But God verses in the bible:
Genesis 50:20 (NKJV) But as for you, you meant evil against me; BUT GOD meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Psalm 73:21-26 (NKJV) Thus my heart was grieved, And I was vexed in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; BUT GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV) BUT GOD has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
Any my all time favorite:
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; BUT GOD is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG) No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.
I’ll leave this post with a clip of the song “But God” and its lyrics. Hope this blesses you as much as it blesses me.
BUT GODDon’t wanna walk this road alone‘Cause I know You are The best of meAnd I won’t do it on my ownCause in You I found my destinyThe road is longThe valley’s deepThe ocean’s wideIn front of meBut God saved the dayJesus You’re the wayThe truth, the light, the hope for all mankind (yeah!)But God saves the day