Friday, April 29, 2011

Travelling through life!

Had an amazingly humbling time during baptism.The pastor and the congregation were so encouraging and gracious in the message they shared.Had some precious people attend the baptism-was a time of revelation for most of us who attended-Our God is great indeed!
Amazing thing about praying for situation and people is that there is indeed a movement,a dynamism,of God moving in mysterious ways,it seldom stays status quo.
May we be people who are willing to walk the thin line for the Kingdom of God,people who are willing to come out of the comfort zone every day of our lives in the choices we make,choosing above all to be with Jesus!
Was on the flight back via Guhawati with my sister.Midflight there was an emergency call for medical help for a passenger who had angina.I was extremely grateful to God that I could be useful and the experience made me the sense that matters the most.
Our God is a wonderful God and his mercy endures forever.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Random thoughts....around easter!

Watched 'The King's speech','the Black swan' and an old favourite,'One flew over the cuckoo's nest'.Loved the first and the last but found the second a triffle too disturbing.
Incidently lost an aunt of mine two days before easter and so had to postpone my baptism by two days.By God's grace all my siblings but one are going to be around for it.It has been scheduled for wednesday.My mom's been at it goading me in her own subtle way to be on my knees for it.
My parent's have lived their faith all their life through.
My sister incidently was doing a write-up on christianity in Sikkim and was knocking the doors of old christian contacts for materials and she was sharing with me how the doors just opened up when Dad's name was mentioned.
One very highly revered man of God in the capital went so far as to compliment my sister on her being so fortunate as to have such a Godly heritage in my parents.She was so grateful to the parents that she made it a point to thank them for it.
We were not baptised as kids.I am grateful to my parents for it.
The length of the sacrifices they have made for us and the extent of their wisdom surprises me to tears at every point of my life.I am truly grateful to God for their simple and uncompromised faith.
That is the most precious heritage they have left behind for us,their children ,which I hope someday will be the heritage I will leave behind for the next generation as well!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Adieu to an aunt-well loved and well appreciated.

I lost a dear aunt yesterday evening.
She was a grand old lady,something of an enigma the entire life through.
She lived in a castle,wore a golden shoe,she was almost like a fairy godmother during our growing up years.
She was widowed at the age of thirty and all my growing up years I remember her as an aunt,blessed abundantly materialistically and she left no stones unturned to pamper us kids.We had the best of tucks and the best of pocket money all our life through,thanks to her.
She smelt good and was an eternal discipliner.She tried extremely hard to turn all of us girls into elegant ladies.We always remember her as the person who used to work hard at teaching us the finer details of sikkimese etiquettes.There were a lot of does and don'ts.There have been days when we have sat with her through the day with stiff backs,politeness personified.
Through all the good and bad times of our life she was there in the background ,someone my mother could always turn to.
The previous day,I met her for half an hour,had a heart to heart and that was the last I saw her alive.
She lived to be eighty four,she could pass of for sixty-evergreen,elegant and beautiful to boot.
As we sat in the lawns over-looking her old living quarters memories of the yesteryears came flooding much of our childhood days were packed around those familiar grounds...
Surprisingly there was no pain,just a peaceful feeling....and a heartfelt adieu to a life well-lived and well appreciated!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

'.......Feeblest amongst them will be like David.....'

"Do not come any closer,Take off your sandals,for the place where you are standing is Holy ground."Exodus 2 vs.5.
"Take of your sandals,for the place where you are standing is Holy"
Joshua 5.vs 15.
God has picked up two men and is recruiting them for an agenda which is entirely His.
He is going to use them for His burden to the glory of God.
Why does He ask them to open their sandals?
What are the sandals in our lives that prevents us from fully being used for His glory?
What are the things in our lives on which we stand, which prevents us from being bare-footed on the Holy ground,submitting humbly to the lord saying-'Here I am Lord!'.
Is it our agenda?our comfort zones?,our positions?,our profession?our competence?or just plain lack of faith.One great man of God sums up the sandals in one phrase-'Our rights!'
In one of our morning meetings one of the residents prayed a sentence which touched my heart.'Lord let your Glory be revealed this day!'
Lord revealed His glory through the lives of Moses and Joshua ,but before that he asked them to open their shoes on the holy ground.
The power and strength is the Lord's.
That does have implications of it's own.
Do not shun the weak.
I have been reading the prophecies of Zechariah in my morning meditation.
It has such uplifting prophecies about different times.
One such prophecy is in Zechariah 12,vs 8-'.......feeblest amongst them will be like David....'I say amen to that.Do not shun the weak!
The testimony of my short life has been of getting to know a great God who fulfills both sides of the bargain.
He is the giver and He is the given,He gives the calling and He fulfills the calling.All He requires of you and me is to come to him with a heart that says 'Here I am lord,use me'-He takes over from there!
May it be so in all our lives.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reverse Mission-The Great Encourager!

Manoj died this morning.He was brought dead to the casualty.
His mother called Jenniffer ,the doctor who had been looking after him for the last three years .She testified that she felt a deep peace in her heart even as she declared him dead.Somehow she felt a deep assurance in her heart that he was home with the Lord.
I have known Manoj for the last six months since I have been in Herbertpur.Almost his entire family has been ravaged by XDR tuberculosis.Now his mother remains.
His life has touched mine in various ways and I have already dedicated two of my articles to him.The last time I met him was several weeks back when he walked into the TB clinic to collect his medicine ,I asked him if he had a bible with him,he said not.I handed him a new testament which he received with such gratitude that it struck me that he had understood the worth of the bible.
His mother shared that on the last day he had spent the whole day reading the bible and sharing the good news with his mother who is a hindu.Towards the evening he asked his mother to take out the old toys of his sibling who had been a victim of tuberculosis saying that he missed him immensely.
The next morning he had passed away.
I was deeply touched just to realize how much the Lord loves everyone ,how he yearns to use us to minister to his people if only we are willing to listen.
Through Manoj’s life and death ,the Lord ministered to me greatly-The Great Encourager!