The Footprints Prayer

One night I had a dream, I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.

A Balanced Life – Philippians 4:12

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:12)

Knowing how to abound is as challenging as how to be brought low. Many Christians tend to face greater temptation in abundance than in need and become losers. “Lord, please let your abundant grace be not the cause of greater distance from you. And grant me wisdom to know how to humbly abound in your sight as well as to know how to be brought low without grumbling.”

Assurance from what Jesus Christ said

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

I take comfort in, no matter what’s going on in this world with so many things that are unjust, I find a tremendous comfort in this verse. Jesus already overcome the world…

 

To win as many as possible, I became a slave to everyone – I Cor. 9:19

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.  To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.  To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law.  To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.  I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (I Corinthians 9:19-23) This Lent season, my heart is being constantly stirred up by an urgency to respond to certain callings.  Every time I attempt to make some decisions, suddenly, all the other options seem more attractive, important and attaching – money, comfort, luxury, children, parents, friends, situations…..  And I realize that I have been stating the phrase “For Christ” so easily, without much of thinking.  This morning, the passage by Apostle Paul calmed my struggling heart down finally to a peace.  O Lord, please grant me a humble heart to make myself a true servant to everyone not for any impure motives but only for the sake of gospel. “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. ” (I Corinthians 9:26-27)

He Knows My Everything – Psalm 139

“……For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well….your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be….Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psaml 139)

My favorite chapter.  Lord, let me not be anxious of anything;  Remove all the impurities from my heart.  Renew your spirit within me.  Strengthen me, empower me as I strive to walk the same way you have walked, O Lord.

“They Had Been With Jesus” – Acts 4:13

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished.  And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

“What would Jesus want me to do now?”  With this question, I have been struggling for last year and a half.  Last night as I was tossing around with the same burden, I had an urge to find out a long time friend’s whereabouts.  She and I served in a same church choir (She was a newcomer yet brave enough to join the choir.) and studied some college courses together.  She was in her mid thirties then.  Studying at an old age in a foreign country, she struggled quite a bit.  But she was always energetic and passionate in whatever she was doing.  No exception to her new journey of faith.  Soon, God started to work on her.  At the time she was finishing up her degree, she found out that she had a cervical cancer.  Around same time, I moved to a different city.  I was busy coping with new environment and couldn’t keep up with her as much as I wanted.  Some time later, I received a letter from her asking for a recommendation letter to a seminary school.  I gladly wrote one recollecting her constant thirst and zeal to know more about Jesus when I was with her.  Soon after, I heard that cancer cells were spread to her brain.  That was the last bit of news about her and I had totally forgotten about her.  But last night, all of a sudden, her name crossed my mind and the next minute, I was browsing the internet. I typed “pastor xxx,” thinking that she might have become a minister by now if she was still alive.  And there appeared the very first search result, “pastor, rev. Dr. xxx, senior pastor at xx church.”   Initially, I thought it could not be her.  But out of curiosity, I clicked the link and I couldn’t believe my eyes.  It was her!  On the screen in front of me, she was preaching, barefooted, in English.  Not only that,  after sermon, she who couldn’t even read the music before, was playing keyboard leading a praise song for her family.  She had completely overcome the illness.  And I could see that she drew all her family members to the Christ.  The church she was serving was known in the community for many good deeds.  She was living  a powerful life just like Jesus did.  And without doubt, I could conclude that she was with Jesus all this time. What did I do for all this same time?……  And the answer is, “Don’t waste precious time anymore, wake up, get up and shine for Jesus, my living God!”      

Importance of Doing What God Is Pleased-Psalm 127:1-2

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.  In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat – for he grants sleep to those he loves.” (Psalm 127:1-2)

God provides resources for the people who do what pleases Him.  He also promises that none of His beloved’s labors would be wasted.  Therefore, God’s people should constantly seek His wisdom to make certain that what they are doing is pleasing God from beginning to the end.

“Knowing How To Abound” – Philippians 4:12

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” (Philippians 4:12)

Knowing how to abound is as challenging as how to be brought low.  Many Christians tend to face  greater temptation in abundance than in need and become losers.   “Lord, please let your abundant grace be not the cause of greater distance from you.  And grant me wisdom to know how to humbly abound in your sight as well as to know how to be brought low without grumbling.”

Constant hope is so important- Psalm 71:14

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (Psalm 71:14)

Under any circumstance, whatever the problems or issues that I am facing, I always have hope… It’s tremendously comforting.

Yes, Jesus Loves Me (Si Cristo Yama) – RSMM Day 5

On this last day at RSM, we wrapped up all our activities, fixing the roof and painting the room as well as the VBS.  The message for the day was about the salvation of the little man Zacchaeus.(Luke 19:1-10)  And for the craft, we made cross necklaces with colorful bids with children.   A wooden cross was put at the center and matching colored bids on both sides of the cross.  The order of colored bids and the meaning of each color were as follow:  Yellow-light of the world, Jesus,  Black-the sinful world,  Red-the blood of Jesus,  White-clean heart that was washed by blood of Jesus, Green-growing faith, Blue-heaven where we can live forever with Jesus,  Purple-King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus.  I thought, the famous Bible verse “For God so love the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) was well explained by this activity.  “Yes, Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so.”  The puppets sang more loudly with bigger and happier motions on this very last day at RSM.