God works differently in the life of each person and he has a unique purpose for each of us. And some things that God does in our lives are beyond our understanding and we can only stand in awe of His wonders. In life, we might sometimes take some small decisions for God, but the leading of God is so amazing that He takes the tiny steps to a different level of honour in our life.
A recent experience in my life goes along the same lines. In my school days, in one of the youth camps, I took a decision to serve God as he calls me even if he sends to the deepest corner of the world. Probably, I couldn’t comprehend at that time the gravity of the decision that I made in the camp. The youth leader asked a simple question, “Who would go out to serve God if He calls you?” I had nothing much to think that day and with tears in my eyes, I committed myself to the will of God. And even years later, God still remembered my decision and gave me many opportunities, even though I forgot about it many times. Recently, God gave me the privilege to be in a remote village in Sikkim for 2-months as part of the research work of my M.Tech curriculum in IIT Bombay and surprisingly it was again a reminder of the decision I made as a school girl.
Sanghanath Village in South Sikkim district is a very remote village located on a hilly terrain in Sikkim with lots of hardship. The village faces a lot of mobility issues and road connectivity in the area is very poor. The households were very sparsely populated up and down the hill and visiting households for the survey was a hard task. The food habits of the people were so different as they consumed only breakfast and dinner. It was a difficult task to adjust with the new food timings but eventually, we managed with small snacks. Communicating with the tribal community in Nepali was a challenge but we could manage with Hindi with some of the people and some of the local people supported us as interpreters. But beyond all these facts, the most beautiful thing in the village was that there were churches in that very remote village. I was so surprised and happy to find that gospel is spreading even into the remote regions of the country. The experience was totally new to me but at the same time, I could experience the caring hand of God upon me all throughout the two-month stay. I also got opportunities to share my testimony with them and speak the word of God and I could literally stand in awe at the ways God was leading me in such a strange place.
I felt it was really amazing that God brought me from a faraway land to be in the midst of saints and testify His holy name. And I praise God for all the apostles and missionaries reaching out to the unreached to share the gospel and I think we should be really thankful to all the workers of God because of whom we are in Christ. It is only the grace of God that leads us amazingly every day!
Romans 8:28 says,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.”
Video 1: An evening in Sanghanath singing songs of joy
Sometimes, we don’t even understand what is happening around us. And in such desperate situations, we might ask God a lot of questions. Everyone would have one such low point in life where we would ask God a lot of questions. But in His perfect time, God answers all our questions. And even if any answer is still in ‘pending’ status, we don’t need to be worried about it because the perfect time is also in ‘pending’ status.
The life of Joseph is a perfect example of this context. Joseph was a faithful man and God gave him a big and amazing dream. It was God who gave him the vision that his father and brothers would bow down before him as we read in Genesis chapter 37.
Genesis 37: 9-12
“9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”
But the immediate events in his life after the dream were a stark opposite to the vision he got from God. Following are the events that took place in his life:
• The brothers stripped him of his beautiful tunic (Genesis 37:23)
• He was sold by his brothers to Midianite merchants (Genesis 37:23)
• The Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar (Genesis 37:36)
• Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison (Genesis 39:20)
• The chief cupbearer whom Joseph helped forgot him (Genesis 40:23)
Figure 2: Life line of Joseph (Source: https://goo.gl/images/nmbn26 )
At this point of time, Joseph might have had a lot of questions because his dreams didn’t much match with the reality of incidents happening in his life. But looking closely at all these portions in the bible, one thing is very clear, ‘God was with Joseph wherever he was…”. Genesis 39:2,3 says, “The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant.” He was sent to jail but wherever he was Joseph found favour in the eyes of jail warden. The warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did (Genesis 39:20-22). So basically it was not as if God left Joseph to suffer alone but God was in control of whatever was happening in Joseph’s life. And eventually, as time unveiled the mystery God led Joseph to be in charge of the whole of Egypt and God literally fulfilled the vision he gave to Joseph Genesis 41: 41-44).
God knows what he is doing with each of our lives and sometimes the immediate events of our life may not go hand in hand with the promises we have got from God. But in these circumstances, we shouldn’t fear anything because He is still in control. However low the situation might be, God can still raise us to be in control over the things as He is by our side. Let us trust God blindly!
The one who gave the promise is powerful enough to fulfill it!
Figure 2: A beautiful evening view from Sanghanath
Have a blessed Sunday!
Author : Feba Varghese