Guided Along the Way, Carried All the Way

This morning, I was led to read this part of Scripture:

Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

~ Exodus 40:36-38 (ESV)

And later on, looking back, Moses said this:

"...you did not believe the Lord your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go."

~ Deuteronomy 1:32b-33 (ESV)
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Bird

From my office window I see
Bird walking across the roof aloofly

Bird flying down
Bird flying up

So close
So clear

Mother bird coming to its nest
Mother bird going up to hunt for food

So close
So near

The Lord God made them
And He cares for them

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Grace, Weakness, and Glory

I am having difficulties with my new contact lenses prescription. In the past, my former optometrist knows exactly and it always fit well. Because of the move, I had to find new optometrist. I changed one last year and the recent one I chose because he is willing to try all things to get me the perfect fit. Only after some times we tried and couldn’t seem to find that perfect fit.

He left me with two choices: one which I could see clearly, but makes me feel giddy. Or one which blur my vision and I feel less giddy. It is a very difficult choice. I have to admit that it frustrates me not being able to see clearly when I know I could if I chose the other one. At the same time, it troubles me a lot by the sensation I felt that the power is too strong and threw me out of balance.

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Love Divine

When I read the tragic story of a drunk driver that killed 4 children, I just could not hold back my tears. Especially because the words that one of the mothers spoke.

She said,”You may have lost your freedom but I have lost my flesh and blood. I refuse to show anger but to show love. Love always conquers.”

That statement conveys the deep hurt she suffers, and the greater the measure of the sufferings because she chose to remember yet forgive, and the undenied trust that love always conquers in the face of that suffering.

Here is the link to the news: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-19/oatlands-driver-samuel-davidson-sentence-hearing/100017560

My mind wonders to the conversation in heaven, when God discussed about His eternal plan of sending Jesus to die & save mankind. In those conversation, the love, pain, sorrow, joy, wrapped into one. And divine love conquers all effect of sin & curse. What a victory.

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When Best of Best is Still Not Enough

The words from the world’s number one or three, depending on who says what when.

Security is our priority. The trust that our customers and partners place in us is paramount. Security is at the core of our focus and attention, at every level of our organization and infrastructure…., we put security at the forefront of our activities in our 31 datacenters, as well as in the design of our services in the 130 countries where they are available.

The protection of our customer data is vital.  We invest in the highest levels of security and adopt industry best practices to meet compliance and certification standards. 

Innovation is at the heart of OVHcloud.  Challenging the status quo is our thing.  Understanding the latest ways customers are using our technology, working with the technical community, and co-developing with our partners are just a few examples of the inputs.  We also closely examine each step of our development cycle to find new ways to increase performance, capacity, and agility. 

We are proud to produce our own servers and operate manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America.  For over 20 years, we have been building the best-in-class infrastructure

With our own dedicated 20Tbps fiber-optic network capacity, 31 data centers, and an additional 34 points of presence, we are well able to handle growing volumes of data.  Along with links being at least doubled at every routing point, we build our infrastructure to optimize for stability, redundancy and availability.   Real-time status, ping testing, and anti-DDoS—all to ensure you stay online.

We design, build and operate our own data centers. Each component is carefully selected, each step to build is thoroughly evaluated — from our location selection to choice of hardware components, each is vetted to solve the next generation of challenges.  We work closely with our technology providers to solve for stability, performance, and efficiency.  We have 31 global data centers…and more to come.

https://www.ovhcloud.com/en/about-us/infrastructure-software/#text-media-2-6

I read all the above description in awe of what human is capable to achieve. If human beings could do such things, what would not be possible for them to do?

On the flip side, one of the data centers burned down in a night, and they could not save it, let alone save the people that put their trust and data on them. It reminds me to take with a pinch of salt, all that we’re proud about. At the end of the day, probably our ivory tower is just like a sand castle that crumble under the wave of the sea.

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Feeling Afraid

How funny human emotions are.

At beginning of this year, I asked people to pray for a few projects I would like to do. I was excited about the prospect of doing bigger things than before. I was delighted to find the connections. And even few days earlier, was thankful for the way God orchestrated things to work out well.

And this morning, when I opened my email, and found 3 acknowledgements on a bigger stage. I was seized with fear. The phrase I often read this year is “unchartered territory”. That’s probably how I would describe this feeling. I no longer have any idea where is this going or bring me to. What I could see and sense, it is a wilderness; I could no longer go back, and if I proceed forward, I don’t know where it will lead me.

How funny our emotion isn’t it?

I am simply glad that Jesus loves me. When He returns, I would bring up my works.

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Love of God

Sometimes God uses animal to teach us something. And I thought tonight, He uses our little pets to teach me about His divine love.

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A Servant Mindset

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him….” 

Luke 12:35-36 (NIV)
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New Year 2021

The year 2021 has begun. There’re many news, exciting things, catchy phrases, and highlight stories. We too find ourselves bombarded with so many news and activities. Things happened so quickly, even things that I learnt and thought to write down. So here just a few captures which I could save still in my memory.

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The Quiet Counting

The holiday is over, and each one of us brings home a memory. What is the best part of the holiday? What is the best food we ate? What is the best memory we remember about? What is the not so nice about it?

My wife would say the fishing of fresh mussels. And that’s certainly God has granted her the secret desire of her heart. For my youngest girl, is the cycling. I need to remember it now, that she loves cycling, driving, go-carting, this kind of thing. For my eldest girl, the 4 minutes ferry trip to cross the island. I learnt that she has very gentle spirit.

Now how about me? What do I treasure the most?

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