Chinese New Year Revelation

This year is special in many ways. We had a Chinese New Year reunion after so many years. We had house visits and met up with relatives we had not seen for years. After so many years been away, it’s good and special in many ways. The old memories came back to me, the road I used to walk, the bus stop that I spent time waiting for bus, the housing that stood up tall, the people that I greeted. These seem like just yesterday, while actually more than 20 years had passed.

However, this New Year, God opened my eyes to see something I’ve never realized before. I saw the brokeness of life under the heaven. Health challenges, education challenges, relationship challenges, in between the lines of achievements and progress. Some challenges are more obvious than others. And I learned this truth from a friend, “a challenge or difficulties need not be problems or issues.” However, we see challenges as issues, and miss out the real matters that is the heart of the issues.

As an example, a health challenge (they are many as we grow older), is hard, difficult, and painful, not to mention they’re costly too. Often times, we are helpless in face such big challenge. Through the passing of times, without we realized, our hearts were shifted. We lost the perspective, the touch, love for loved ones, in the midst of the storm. So which one is a bigger problem, the lost of health or the lost of love?

As I look into my own family, I must admit that I made the same mistake through the years. The prolonged health issues, or educational challenges, or financial struggles had a way to change my hearts. If I don’t change course, the small deviation will lead me to a different destination. What is the biggest lost?

I thank God that He reminded me what is the biggest problem of all. He sent His Son to die on the cross to solve our human biggest problem. So our other problems could be overcome in Him. There is victory in Christ. Challenges may persist, but we’ve an overcomer Spirit. Through all the challenges of lives, a loving husband, a caring father, a thoughtful leader, a kind person, an aroma of Christ must show that He has dealt with the biggest and most important challenges we all face.

May His Spirit enable us with His divine power once again to be His witnesses, that He has overcome all greatest problems, and draw all men and women to Himself. Once the problem of sin is dealt with, we accept, how broken ourselves and this world, and bow to His solution of Jesus died on the cross. In the midst of all challenges, we carry ourselves with Wisdom from above and pointing others to a better solution than what this world offer (but do not solve the problem of the heart and hence all other problems, having appearance of godliness but no power whatsoever).

One easy test to see how well we’re doing; for CNY, with all the festivities and celebrations, how much strifes or peace do we experience within our hearts and families? From morning to night and the days to follow, are our tones filled with love or contempt? Out of our hearts flow the spring of life. May you Lord change our hearts within, in the face of challenges, love might flow, so the glory of Christ in midst of our pains. Come Lord Jesus.

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Uncommon Benediction

Of the so many years I attended service (easily 23 years * 52 weeks = 1200 times), this the first time I heard the following benediction:

May God the Father prepare your journey,

Jesus the Son guide your footsteps,

The Spirit of Life strengthen your body.

The Three in One watch over you on every road that you may be fallen.


I do not know where the minister got this from, as I search around, I couldn’t find the origin. Nevertheless, when I heard this, I felt as if he was giving it specifically for us. For we were about to take the big scary journey we had to take.

Thank you Xi Ann. Thank you Lord for such blessing on our big trip.

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Lessons from God’s Word (Psalm)

The last one week, I’ve been meditating on Psalm 106, and am very surprised with the so many lessons that I learnt. Below some of the lessons that I could remember:

When our ancestors were in Egypt,
    they gave no thought to your miracles;
they did not remember your many kindnesses,
    and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. (v. 7)

It is something new to me. We used to tell our children the 10 Plagues God sent to Egypt, and then the Passover. That’s the story of Exodus, where God led the Israelites out of Egypt by Moses and Aaron.

But here in Psalm 106, God is showing us what went on in the hearts and minds of the Israelites. They all saw the miracles, but they gave no thought at all. It’s so scary to think we are capable of seeing such great things happened among us, and gave no thought. I shudder to think we are capable of such hardening of hearts.

They exchanged their glorious God
    for an image of a bull, which eats grass. (v.20)

Again another shocking revelation to me, that we’re capable of doing such great depravity with our eyes open. I believe every religious person would agree that God is a Supreme being that Greater than anything. Yet, with the same breath, many religious person would make an image of his/her God. How can it be?

Do we then fall into the same folly?

So he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
    to keep his wrath from destroying them. (v.23)
But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was checked. (v.30)

There is this pattern of righteous person who stood up before God and stopped God’s wrath.

Left on their own, their doom is guaranteed. For God is a Just God, and He would destroy those who rebels against Him. Yet again and again, Israel’s were spared because someone stood before God to appeal for His mercy.

So in the cycle of man’s sin & God’s righteous punishment, there’s place for intercession. Whenever there are wrongs (which I think all the time), and God’s angered being poured down (there’re times God witholding His anger and times when He pours His anger), stands in the middle is the intercessory role.

I see that as an invitation for us to stand up. Stand up among sinful people and stand up before God. A double position which extremely hard. Yet times and again, we must acknowledge there’s such place & time, because human’s nature & God’s nature.

When we see depravities of men escalates, it’s opportunity to stand up for God (declaring His righteousness against all corruptions), and stand up before God.

I pray for the Manly Seven who stood up for their faith against the pressure to adopt the values of this world. May the Lord keep their life to shine bright for Him and silent those who speak evil against them.

This was credited to him as righteousness
    for endless generations to come. (v.31)

make their descendants fall among the nations
    and scatter them throughout the lands. (v.27)

God is a Righteous Judge, and hence He punishes the wrongs and rewards the rights. Be assured that our righteousness would be credited into our account, and blessings to our descendants. Both sides, God’s wrath sometimes go down to generations of people that hate Him, and His love to generations of people that love Him.

Therefore our choices today matters. They affect not only ourselves, but our children’s children, be it good or bad.

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Thoughts from Dreamy Land

The last 4 weeks were probably the peak & highlight for our family this year. Many things were leading to it and we tasted it to the full probably. Something that was initially not possible, and then became possible, and at the end a good memory.

First time in my life I forgot to bring my bible with me. That probably shows the state of my mind when preparing for the trip. It is a big thing for me to forget bringing the Bible. Everywhere I go, I always remember to bring my bible. Even when I was late for my flight, and I could only bring one thing with me, I chose to bring my Bible.

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God chose the weak

Last week was a special week for me. We had school break & Easter week holiday, and we spent 3 days attending Belgrave Height Easter convention. What I am amazed at was the magnitude of power in women that I encounter.

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What new with you?

I remember once with my girls we read about other’s culture, and there’s one African / Asian culture that instead asking,”how are you?”, they would ask,”what is new with you?” My bad memory…:(

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Amazed and Grateful

This afternoon, I felt really miserable. I felt really alone, and I do not know who I could share with. I felt discouraged, and bit like Job. He received bad news one after the other. He kept losing his fortune in successive waves, and finally he lost his children, and his health. And he rightly felt that God has abandoned him.

I said I felt a bit like Job because I still have my wealth, my health, and children. But the things that went wrong keep coming one after another.

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Experience vs Head Knowledge

Yesterday, I heard a sharing from a brother about his experience that opened up his eyes. For the last 30 years, he thinks he is okay, until the one experience that force him to look deep and hard.

That sharing triggered me, together with few other incidents. There are times in my life that I experience those moments. That I had to go alone and wrestle with God like Jacob. It’s better off to wrestle with God and became limping afterwards, then to go on with life but unsettled. It is better of, far better of, to lose everything but to know Christ, identified with him in his death and to know the power of his resurretion, than to go with life having everything but empty of his power.

Or to borrow Jim Elliot’s famous words,”he is no fool who give what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose”.

It’s better to lose everything and follow Jesus, than to have everything but lose Jesus.

Thank you brother for your honest and simple sharing. I love my dear wife too for that very reason. A woman who fearful of many things, but regarding Jesus, she could say without a blink nor a slightest doubt,”I rather have Jesus than anything.”

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First Noel

I got a feeling that my eldest girl has a special link with the First Noel. I didn’t realise it until this evening after what she made for her sister on her 7th birthday.

Last Christmas she sang the hymn for our children church. She memorised the whole 5 chapters. Then during her poetry class, she made herself a poem titled the First Noel. I need to dig that up. She came out that by herself, quite telling for a girl at her age.

And now she made the whole Nativity scene with baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the stable, using polymer clay, old cardboard, and some paints. She even made a light on the stable.

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On a low note

Life isn’t always a mountain top experience. Just like piano has low notes, so sometimes God used the low points of life to sober us down.

An empty inbox, no new clicks, no change of status, no good news from afar, no happenings. Questions if not criticism, grumbling if not bad mouthing or bad thoughts. Feeling alone on a journey, unable to reach a decision or rather not sure which way to go.

Where do I go from here? I felt for those people felt they’re forgotten. It’s true, we often quick to forget. Our enthusiasm and memory doesn’t serve us long. I felt for those who’re old too. Who in their old age not only face loneliness, frailty of life, weakening of bodies and minds, but being forgotten.

A prayer to my God. Please remember me and forget me not.

In my lowly state, I learnt to be quiet.

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