loving through prayer
How many of you have experienced trying to care for someone but not truly being able to do it? I have, and it’s taken place over the past few days. I’m in Australia studying while my girlfriend in Singapore is running a high temperature and feeling badly. It’s like when you’re in the hospital, standing beside your loved one and you’re thinking, I’m the one that always sins, shouldn’t I be the one in that bed?
The last time I experienced something like this was when my granny was lying in ICU and she was telling me how it was hurting so badly. I really wanted to take her pain and place and help her, but I knew that it was impossible. So I simply placed her in God’s healing hands. It was similar this past week.
We were 2,500 miles apart and my girl was sick. When your loved one is feeling unwell/unhappy, you want to be by his/her side. I really wanted to be by her side and be with her through this tough time, but I simply could not. This situation reminded me of how God wants to love us all the time, but sometimes we’re too busy for him or we reject Him.
When you’re helpless and need to be loved, you have to trust God. First, we need to trust that God’s great love can reach any one of us anywhere in the world. Second, we must trust that God will take care of us. This doesn’t mean that He will take away the pain, but He will reveal His love to us. I want to love and care for my girlfriend, but I know that there’s a greater Source of love that is loving her and it makes me worry less and makes me want to trust our Comforter, Our God, Our Lord.
I have a humble request, I know that it’s just a fever due to infection, but would those of you reading this please pray for her (let’s just call her RY) health and that she will be OK? Thanks.
Regarding the pic (above), it reminds me of how sometimes we’re blinded by the trouble in front of us and we feel like it’s going to be rough ahead . . . but we choose to trust God. Just like the boatmen in this case, they’re going against the flow of the river and even if it meant that they had to take two times longer than usual to get back to their destination, they would do it. Maybe it was simply their job, but I could see their confidence—their belief—that there was something out there waiting for them in the mist.
May we possess that kind of trust as well, that even in the fog of difficulties God is leading us like a compass leads a boat out of danger. The journey might be tough, the destination might not be easily seen at times, but we can trust that God has the best in mind for us.
—pic and copy submitted by Victor Kuah, Australia
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