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Most of us have heard the phase “Walk By Faith. Not By Sight”. But most of us may not realize the true meaning of it. Myself included.

 

I only got a better understanding of it today (like…just now) =)

 

I got a call from Shaan, one of my friends from church. She asked if I could do sound tonight (was a practice for Sunday Worship service) coz the roster for PA got mixed up and other PA guys were not in town.

 

So I told her “er..but I’m havin my (final year, final semester) exam tomorrow.”

The only options were me and another guy (who will be at least 30 mins to 1hr late if he’s coming 4 practice. And practice cant start without a PA guy).

 

After a few calls, I agreed to do it. Though she told me that there are 6 songs to practice (which usually take more than 2hrs). And there goes my whole night worth of study time.

After all the calls, suddenly I remembered what God thought me about 4 – 5 months ago when I wasn’t sure if I should go into full-time ministry.

He said “… See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt 6:28-34)

And he told me this TWICE!

 

If He said that He will see me through, He will.

Coming to think of it, what was my exam for? what was my degree for? It’s to develop my current personality and skills (and it still does). For others, its a passport to get a rewarding job.

But God already gave me a job. My job is to serve and glorify His name through all the musical talents He had given me. Being able to graduate from my current degree will allow me to pursue my next degree in music (this is to further hone my musical skills to serve better).

So, if He allowed such a situation (like today) to happen, and He says “I need you in church tonight.” Why should I doubt and worry bout my exam tomorrow? Matt 6: 33 says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “

 

It’s not that I’m not prepared for my exam at all, it’s just that being a kiasu student I would want to have as much time as possible to study. And I think that applies to most students.

 

I had the chance to say “Sorry, I can’t. I have a VERY IMPORTANT exam tomorrow”. But I also have the option to say “Yes, I’ll do it”.

It was a test.

 

I’m not very sure what’s gonna happen tomorrow. But I know God has my back. I guess that’s what it means to walk by faith, and not by sight. We won’t be sure what’s gonna happen coz when we let God handle everything, we don’t have control over it. And that’s what makes us feel unsafe. Insecure. Coz we don’t have control over things.

But God only wants the best for us. And everything He does is for our very best.

I’m learning to trust God more and more (and I’m still learning). With my little experience so far, I can tell you that it’s just amazing looking at what God does in my life. And I hope that you too will have the same experience one day.

 

God Bless. =)

 

p.s. gadda get back to studies now. =)

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Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of Passage?

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.
He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the
blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry
out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.
He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must
come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear
all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him. Maybe even
some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook
his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be
the only way he could become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his
blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump
next to him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from
harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don’t know it, God is watching
over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to
do is reach out to Him. If you liked this story, pass it on. If not, you
took off your blindfold before dawn.
Moral of the story
Just because you cannot see God, doesn’t mean he is not there. We need to
walk by faith, not by sight.

 

 

Adapted from an email i received recently.