God’s promise or my imagination?

I am currently on a busy placement, but thankfully I get an hour break for lunch, during which I reflect on a lot of things. Well last time God reminded me of the story of Joseph.

When God promised Joseph in a dream that he will be a king, he must have felt very sure it was God speaking. This lead him to sharing this good news with his family, who ended up ridiculing him for even thinking such a thought. I wonder if at that point he started wondering, “Is this from God, or just my imagination?”

Despite of what God showed him, everything that followed after seemed to go in the opposite direction to his dream.  He was sold a slave to Egypt, far away from the land he thought he’d be ruling soon. There God blessed his work and honoured him in his master’s house. At this point Joseph must have felt that he may earn enough favour to gain his freedom to return to his homeland. But it wasn’t going to happen, for soon he was sent to jail for a crime he didn’t commit! At this point Joseph was at his lowest, a slave prisoner, what hope does he have of even being free man, let alone to be king?? He must have felt stupid for even thinking and believing such thing, yet he knew God’s voice clearly and despite the odds he chose to believe the impossible.

God did promise, and even in the place where his dreams were as dim as a flickering candle light and so far away from happening, He  had greater plan. Joseph wasn’t just to rule over his father’s house but over the greatest kingdom at the time and thus to save nations from a famine that struck after a few years of his reign.

God’s plans and thoughts are higher than ours, and in the days when all hope is gone, we can hold on to the truth that God never lies.

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Dreams

Its amazing how God has given us the mind to think, dream and imagine. I have always been fascinated by this concept. It is indeed wonderful to dream, to dream of big, inconceivable and different things from your current situations. Dreams can be so close to our mind that we think they are almost happening yet so intangible when we reach our hands to touch them. 

With our imaginations, we can create new things, ideas and future. Yet how often as humans we have felt our dreams have been shattered. How often we give up on those dreams as our waiting lamps go dim, our eyes filled with fear as we see our hope going slim! 

Dreams can be wonderful, but also heart breaking, when we try to compare them with reality. So where do we draw the line as to how much we can dream? I guess, God has given us these thing freely and I think the best thing to do is to dream and let God decide which one He sees best fit.  Aligning them with God’s Word can help. 

As I pondered upon this, I read an email that I receive every week called “Word of the week” written by Zac Poonen. This week was titled “All-knowing, Almighty Power of Our God and Father”. I thought it was very fitting for this topic, especially the extract below…

Revelation.1:8 – “In verse 8, God refers to Himself as the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty and ever-existing God. He was there right at the beginning, when nothing existed. He will be there right at the end of time. There is nothing that can ever take place anywhere at any time that is going to take God by surprise. Our Father not only knows the end from the beginning, being the Almighty God, He controls everything as well. Therefore we need have no fear whatsoever concerning the future.” – Zac Poonen

I believe that Father God has the best plan for us and we can trust Him wholly because He is our Almighty Father who has the whole world in His hands. 🙂 

Inside of you…

I found this song that I used to listen to ages ago, and as I pondered upon it, I thought of how true the words are. So many lies are thrown at us “you can’t do this or that”, but we were made to shine! May God help us to be the people He made us to be. Amen!

 

INSIDE OF YOU

As a child you used to dream
There wasn’t anything that you couldn’t do
Learn to fly on paper wings
But somebody told you dreams don’t come true
Some settle for a lie and take it
And try to keep their hearts from breakin’
But you defy the odds
And make it worth the going through

Oh, inside of you there’s a heart full of dreams
Like the gold in a stream to be uncovered
Inside of you lies a soul made to shine
Yes, a child meant to fly and discover
All the wonders God can do
Inside of you

Every day you face the fear
With a measure of faith that you need
And even now all heaven cheers
For the miracle you’re destined to be
True bravery is bought with sorrow
Life is but a gift we borrow
And all the promise of tomorrow waits to be revealed

Where dreams can still come true
All the wonders God can do
Inside of you

 

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Ebenezer

1 Samuel.7:12

Often when we watch a movie, particularly if it is a series, we get very excited for the next part or with this question in our head “what’s going to happen next?” This is not just for movies, but it can apply to other things like books for example. And if it is a long series we would, as I often put it “get addicted” to this movie, book or whatever it is.

I really applaud writers, TV producers and film directors for studying their psychology well. They know exactly where to stop, so the person following this story is left hanging with many questions and literally can’t wait to read or watch what’s going to happen next!

With my life I can kind of relate to that. I am not the most organised person, but I do keep a diary, where I plan my daily activities. I like to look at tomorrow or the following week and see what I have planned and sometimes, there are things I look forward to, which make that particular week very exciting. Last time I was looking at the blank pages of my diary for the coming months and wondering what I will be writing on them then?

I am currently a university student. Before I came to university, I used to wonder the same thing. Getting to university was one of my biggest dreams, and the times I was anxious about this and whether I will get to university was countless. However God was faithful and despite of my doubts, He planned it perfectly in a way that I didn’t anticipate.

But now that I am living one of my dreams, Praise God, the question that’s always been on my head “what’s next?” rings again. “I don’t know, but I wait for God to reveal His will to me.” 

I believe that within all human beings this question is very frequent, but I also believe that we are not made to know all the answers, or see what tomorrow holds for us. I love this saying that my Bible mentor always quoted on every email he sent me,

“I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS, BUT I KNOW WHO HOLDS THE FUTURE!”

It is true, we may not know what tomorrow will be like, but surely we can rest in the truth that the God who loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, has a perfect plan for us. I read this verse this morning, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” ~Job.42:2~

The God who brought us thus far, won’t leave us now, for “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians.1:6~ 

‘Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” ~1Samuel.7:12~ and He is with us for what’s to come, AMEN!

This poem kind of reflects on what I am saying… HOLD ME CLOSE