Monday, May 23, 2011

John Waller : While I Am Waiting

John Waller
While I Am Waiting
Take a minute and imagine this :

you are STARVING.
You finally found a restaurant.
But, it's full of people.
You have no choice, this is the only restaurant you can find.
You grumble to yourself and you join in the super long queue.
You waited and waited.
Sweats are dropping from your hair, and they stink.

What would your response be?
A) Complaining
B) Angry
C) Wondering why is this happening to yourself
D) All of the above

Obviously the answer is D.

Very often, when we wait for something, we tend to get impatient.
Then all the whining, complaining, anger, will come along.
And often, we might just walk away.

This is no difference when we see our walk with God.
We face problems and difficult situations in life. They tear us apart, they worn our souls out, they rip away our faith.
We pray, and we wait.
But very often, in the process of waiting, frustrations, anger towards God tag along and sometimes we even start to wonder if the so called God really exists or not.
Some just stray away from Him, when they think that they have waited for too long.
All the anger, complaints overshadowed the faith that we should have.
We focus on our own earthly emotions, that we zoom in to the negative things and we let it swallow the light which we will find at the end of the tunnel.

I was sort of being awaken when i came across this song.
John Waller sings,

While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint

I was shocked, actually.

Especially by ''while i'm waiting, i will worship".

Ashamed, but true, i have never done that before.
Each time when a problem strikes, and i wait for the answer.
However it never comes along with the thought of worshiping Him while waiting for the answer. What we always ended up doing is, asking Why Me? Why this? Why now?
And we worry about it all the time, all of our prayer will only be filled with "God, why?"

We got so lost and busy with our own whys and anger that we forgot how to praise Him and worship Him.
It is just like, something bad just happened, but you still have to give thanks to God who let that happened.
It's hard to be done.

But, when we fully understand Jesus, it is not hard to be done at all.
All you need, is, faith.
When we have faith in Him, all things are possible.
Just like it's said in Philipians 4:13 -I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me-

It is tough times like these, when we have to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
And in times like these, we should learn how to worship and serve Him while waiting. Because very often, these are the times when God is working something through us.

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Takeing every step in obedience
While I'm waiting
I will serve You
While I'm waiting
I will worship
While I'm waiting
I will not faint
I'll be running the race
Even while I wait

I'm waiting
I'm waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I'm waiting on You, Lord
Though it's not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve You while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting
I will serve you while I'm waiting
I will worship while I'm waiting on You, Lord


阅读报告:Peace Child

Lily Soon
Title : Peace Child

Peace Child is a book written by missionary, Don Richardson. This book tell of how God reached out to the most barbaric tribe of people that is unheard by many through His willing servants. We always hear how people say, "Go. God will guide you, He will put words in your mouth and prepare the way for you, only if you're willing to go." Many of us would nod and agree but how many of us would actually GO and dedicate our life to His work in the mission field? Indeed who can do God's work apart from the Almighty Himself? But, we can be his tools to reach out to others, and it might even be that neighbour who had been living next door for the past 20 years!

Don Richardson and his wife, Carol risked their life to share the Good News to an uncivilised group of people, the Sawi tribe of Papua New Guinea. These people had never seen the outside world, and speak only the Sawi dialect. Together these two missionaries brave the unknown, the dangers of living among headhunters, cannibals and there, they build a home among the people, reach out to them, start a family there, all on the foundation of faith that they have in God, to keep them safe, not only from the barbarians but from diseases such as malaria in the jungle.
From an uncivilised tribe who believe in fattening up victims with friendship (gaining their trust to prepare for slaughter), they became the people who fear God and come to believe. The missionaries tried to reach out to them but to no avail. But they pressed on, believing that God will make a way, and that God has His own timing and method.

Who would have known that the traditions that the tribe have would be the key to opening the hearts of the Sawi people to the gospel. The title of the book, Peace Child refers to the tradition where two tribes make peace with one another by exchanging their child as treaty that they will no longer attack one another. Even these uncivilised people could understand the pain of giving up their children. Through this, slowly, Don see this as a breakthrough, a stepping stone to how to share the gospel with these people. He relate about how Jesus is an eternal "Peace Child" from God himself, that came to bring peace to us all. (to redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life).

From a tribe of cannibals and headhunters, they became a group of God-fearing people who served and love God with all their heart and soul. They built their own church, even having missionaries and pastors emerging from among the Sawi people. What an encouraging experience!

The story strike me that there is no fix way to communicate about Christ with others, and God can use anything and show His power and grace through almost anyway, anhywhere, anyhow. As long as we are willing to answer His calling, we too can make a difference and be a channel for God's work for us. This book is a good read, not only for those who inspire to one day enter the mission field, but to all of us Christian as an inspiring true story to strengthen our faith and see God at work. You see, people can come to God in many way, so we should never give up hope when we are being turn down, because we plant the seed and God is the one who can make the seed grow. As long as we are willing to take the first step.

So, are you willing to go reach out to the world and bring back God's lost sheep?