More Testimonies on Answered Prayers

Brother Boon Yeong is a friend of mine who has been a Christian for less than a year.

I would like to share two of his  most recent personal experiences with answered prayers from God.

Do read on below and be not only encouraged, but start praying too!

1. Finding my home

Since last November, I had been looking for a home to buy in Johor Bahru for my family.

For a long time, I was not able to find any that met my requirements. They have been either too small, too costly or the location was not ideal.

Till then, I did not pray to God for His help. However, the situation changed when I decided to pray.

I was led to list down the criteria of my new home. After listing them down, I committed them to God in prayer. In total, I listed 14 of them.

The next day, my prayer was incredibly answered. Through an estate agent, I found my new home which met all but one of my lists of criteria that I had listed the night before.

Wow…. I was amazed by the almost immediate effect of my prayer for my new home!

2. My job conversion

I joined AT&T as a contract staff. After a year, I was encouraged to apply for a full-time position in last September as there  was available headcount then. I applied and had committed it to God in prayer.

I waited for a month. No news. Another month past, still no news. I became impatient and this time I asked my cell group to pray for me.

In my heart, I was hoping that my conversion to a full-time position would go through in December. But still there was no update.

In January, I received discouraging news that the conversion would not take place due to recession. I was disappointed that my prayers were not answered.

How come God did not answer my prayer? Was it because I was not sincere enough in my prayer?

After some time, I realised I should consider myself fortunate since there are many people who have been retrenched in this recession. That changed perspective led me from being disgruntled to become grateful.

I thanked God for His providence and pledged my love and loyalty to Him in regardless of the circumstances. I continued to persist in my prayers for the conversion.

Finally, last month (February) I was greeted with an unexpected news. I received news that my position was successfully converted to a full-time one!

These two experiences with God have taught me to be patient and to submit my plans to Him. As God is always in control, His timing is always perfect; never too early and never too late; just in time. He is faithful.

An Illumination of His Word & Love

Some time ago, God encouraged me with His word from Psalms.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:11-12

Though these two verses are not unfamilar to me, but I never quite made sense of what the psalmist meant.

But that day, the word was illuminated. I understood the essence of it.

The illuminated word

Despite being surrounded by the doom and gloom from the global financial crisis to my personal challenges in life, there is reason to be at peace.

God is bigger and above everything in this world. He is sovereign and is in my life. He lives in me. I need not fear as He loves me.

My confidence does not come from the economy, my job or my capabilities. It comes from walking with God and knowing his deep love for me.

I am discovering more with each new day that this intimacy with God helps me put life in its proper perspective.

In Him and with Him in control, I know that I am well-taken care of. Amen.

Another Answered Prayer

Last weekend, three of friends joined me for service.

Never would I have imagined standing with my friends in the House of God!

These were friends from my delinquent days. In the past, we grew up fighting side by side,  but now we were standing side by side worshiping God with lifted hands!

Wow… God is pretty amazing!

After eight years of praying, ‘sowing’ and waiting, He is showing me what He has been doing behind the scenes all this while.

It is so awesome to see one by one of them reconciling to Him! But I know there are still much left to be done.

In the meantime, I am really excited  about the other surprises God has under His sleeves for me for the rest of this year.

Yeah!

The ‘Slumdog’ Van

Check out this cool van!

I couldn’t help but snapped a few shots of it when I passed by it.

Read the funny inscriptions on the side door.

Finally the side view of the van.

I got to hand it to this fella as this best illustrates how excellence and creativity flows freely when we are passionate about something. And he is clearly passionate about his job! =)

My Memorable Movie Outing

Right after that funeral service, my dad and decided to catch a movie.

Our first moving outing

Honestly, I can’t recall when was the last time I watched a movie with my dad.

I believe it was our first which made our movie outing a memorable experience for both of us.

Apart from that, it was also made memorable because of the movie. We watched Slumdog Millionaire.

I hardly ever write reviews on the movies I watched. But because this movie was really good, I will share briefly on it.

Slumdog Millionaire

Using a unique story structure and scenes weaved around a Mumbai teen, Jamal who finds answers towards his quest in winning “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” from various encounters growing up in the slums.

What I truly appreciated about this movie was the honest presentation of the poverish state of the Mumbai slums. The movie gets under the skin of the city on every imaginable level.

Personally, it showed how low man could stoop in order to climb out of poverty in a dog-eat-dog world. Instead of rejoicing that Jamal was finally reuniting with his childhood love, I was left burdensome on our fallen state.

I strongly recommend this dazzling movie in getting a good glimpse of our real world under the bondage of sin and poverty.

An Unread Eulogy

Last Friday, I attended a funeral service. It was my dad’s ex-boss.

The deceased was a Christian. And for the last 15 years of his life, he was battling with the Parkinson disease.

A little about him

I heard for most of his battle with this incurable and degenerative disease, he had questioned God countless of times on why he was made to suffer like this.

For a person who didn’t smoke, drink or gamble and being a person of high standing in society, it was understandable difficult to accept the reality of his plight.

In spite of this, he held on and fought on.

My eulogy to him

Though I do not know him, but I salute this man and brother-in-Christ for his resilience in his faith that has also kept his family together through the tough times.

On his departure, he left behind his wife, only son and three beautiful grandchildren. But more than that, I believe he left behind a spiritual legacy for his next generations to follow in his faithfulness to God.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

James 1:12

His battle in life may have ended, but in truth, it has only just begun as he has gone to receive his eternal reward from our Maker.