Sunday Sharing 12th October 2014
Visions of the Storm
Dear Friends and Loved Ones,
Welcome to this first edition of BFJ Newsletter lovingly put together our son, journalist Michael Soh, incorporating this sharing, updates and reports about Buckets for Jesus and its various ministries.
I pray this sharing finds you well and your family, friends and loved ones & people around us…especially at times when there are visions of the storms.
“IT IS I; DON’T BE AFRAID.” John 6:20
At times terrifying circumstances come into our lives, when for instance sickness strikes, a loss of a loved one or simply fearing the unknown when unexpected visions suddenly confront us. When the first disciples saw Jesus walking on the rough waters, our Lord allowed for the disciples’ momentary panic. But He was quick to reveal His identity by saying “It is I; don’t be afraid.”His presence is the antidote of terror! Jesus calms the storms whether externally or internally raging in our hearts. Whichever way we want it, peace can only come from God…when He is in the centre of our hearts, any visions of raging storms will vanish.
“YOU OF LITTLE FAITH,” HE SAID. “WHY DID YOU DOUBT?”
Are we not just like Peter who doubted and we sink like him a few times in the storms of life because we have little faith? While Peter probably learned one of the hardest lessons in life: never to doubt Jesus… we too ought to learn from him. The crises we face although our initial reaction is panic, yet Jesus maybe coming to us with a crisis that heals, strengthens, encourages of guides us powerfully. Our experiences may be the only means to develop us into His disciples which brings growth, faith, rest and peace. For in reality, they bear eternal fruit that our terrified eyes cannot see at first, because of visions of the storms in life.
“YOU KNOW HIM, FOR HE LIVES IN YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU.” John 14:17
Join me in reflecting what storms are we facing today? The bigger the storms in life, the harder we are to lean on Jesus and pray without ceasing. Most times we run to avoid them but to no avail…we ask for prayers but do we sincerely pray? Today’s Gospel in Mathew 22 reminds us that “many are called but few are chosen.” With the onset of so many world crises today, from Ebola outbreak in Africa, to terrorism threats of ISIS, natural disasters and ongoing wars, we are in times of great shakening! But whatever circumstances we face in life, we are to draw at the Authority that can calm the winds and waves, to walk supernaturally and we must reach the extremely difficult point where we hear His Voice alone and be chosen amongst many…then we will know what’s it like to walk in water as the visions of the storms evaporate!
“MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.” Matthew 22:10
I am deeply touched that the Lord lovingly placed special women in my walk of faith to help me weather the storms of life apart from my family. Two of them are humble & exceedingly generous, another 2 are go getters who get the job done, another one is an encourager, yet another is like a preacher and one is a leader, who simply likes to tell people what to do. There again, we also meet those who promise with lip service, who pull us down and suck the energy from our spirits. But in each of the people God puts in our midst, we learn valuable lessons on the storms of life. Likewise, when we plan to go on mission trips, we try to study the characters of each missionary member and pray they will blend in, assign them tasks that suit their characters to complement one another to make the mission a success…turning visions of potential storms into blessings!
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“APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” John 15:5
‘A Friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a difficult time. Proverbs 17:17
I am your sister in Christ,