Questions… Questions

Life's Questions

Life's Questions

It’s been a rough two weeks and the question of where God is in the midst of all this has cropped up a lot more these few weeks. Hearing my mom ask the question of why did God allow this to happen has fired up the same question in me. It’s tough to see mom in a lot of pain and it’s tougher still to have some of these questions running through my head & heart whilst having to assure mom of God’s Presence.

Despite the questioning I have a number of things that I can give thanks to Him for even though things have been rough:

  • I’m thankful that mom wasn’t hurt that bad. From what my dad has told me about her fall I’m thankful that she didn’t suffer anything far worse. It’s already bad enough to have to suffer through a closed-fracture but in the bigger picture I believe God watched over mom and protected her.
  • I’m thankful that the doctors were able to prescribe a painkiller that was safe for mom to use.
  • I’m thankful for all the people in my church and my subzone who rallied around me & my family. A few of us from my subzone met up on Thursday night to pray for my mom and other family members of the leadership who were going through struggles in the area of health.
  • I’m thankful that the orthopedic doctors were able to look at mom’s arm to confirm that it was set properly.
  • I’m thankful for answered prayer cos’ my mom’s creatinine levels are back to normal and also my subzone member Tau Fei’s mom’s blood pressure went down to normal too as a result of Thursday’s prayer meet. Tau Fei’s mom is scheduled for a knee operation on the 3rd of September so do pray for her.

I suppose the way I’ve been dealing with these questions is to replace the questioning with thanksgiving. The question of why in suffering doesn’t have a simple answer. Some say it’s just the fallen nature of the world we live in and I’ve learnt more & more that there is truth in that. I still pray a whole lot to God and I talk to Him daily about stuff and somehow having Him listen helps me get through the tougher moments in life. Many times we try to shape God in our image and expect many things of Him that isn’t really Him. I’ve been listening to a lot of Ravi Zacharias lately and it hit me very hard that instead of making the truth relevant to us; we are actually supposed to learn how to make ourselves relevant to the truth instead. That was quite a revelation and I realise that we all have misconceptions of God because we’ve not been taught well or more likely we form an image of God based on our own ideas & experiences in life.

I’m thankful that the question why bothers me far less now. Why? Because the why of my life has already been answered. Why am I here? To live a life in worship & communion with the Father and through that relationship I am to share His love with others. It doesn’t mean I don’t question the whys of suffering… but it does mean that I am learning how to get through dark & painful times knowing that there is always hope in God. It is that hope that helps us to continue to be encouragers and to be positive even though our world may be falling apart. A life of dependence on God is not weakness. It is strength.

I end today’s post with a quote from an interview with Ravi Zacharias on his book “Has Christianity Failed You?” which I am planning to get.

In surrendering you win. In dying you live.

And that’s exactly what it’s all about. We fight so much and so hard sometimes that we forget Jesus’ call to us is to just surrender and to take up His yoke which is a whole lot lighter than the yoke of the world.

All New

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias

I’d like to share a favourite quote from Ravi Zacharias; whom I’ve been listening to & benefiting a lot from recently (I may be paraphrasing here cos’ I plucked it from a talk he gave in KL a couple of years ago):

He came to my desk with a quivering lip, the lesson was done;
“Have you a new sheet for me dear teacher I’ve spoilt this one.”
I took his sheet all soiled &  blotted and gave him a new one all unspotted;
And into his tired heart I cried, “Do better now my child, do better.”
But I went to the throne with a trembling heart, the day was done;
“Have you a new day for me dear master for I’ve spoiled this one.”
He took my day  all soiled & blotted and gave me a new one all unspotted;
And into my tired heart He cried, “Do better now my child, do better.”

The Princess and The Frog (Review)

The Princess and The Frog

The Princess and The Frog

Disney’s comeback to hand-drawn animation is a spectacular hit. It’s great watch and has all the trademark charm of every feature animated film that has come from the studio.

I loved the songs and I loved the characters especially the trumpet-playing alligator Louis. The tale is a simple one, girl kisses frog. Girl becomes a frog. Frogs go on an adventure together deep in the New Orleans Bayou and meets new animal friends.

What’s there not to like? Oh and it’s really awesome to see every character beautifully animated. I sure miss Alan Menken’s music but Randy Newman certainly does a bang-up job in this one with the songs. Look out for Ne-Yo’s song as the movie closes.

Catch it at a cinema near you now!

Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)