Patience

If patience were a tree, its branches would spread magnificently, and its luscious leaves would sprout in organised clusters. The birds of the air would perch confidently on it, and make their home in safety and serenity.

Its bark would shed unkindly, revealing its age and brokenness, yet allowing for new skin to grow. It would weather storms untold, and live to tell the tale of bravery and strength. Yet, it would have a healthy fear of the glorious lightning, who keeps it humble and ironically, grounded.

Despite all its flamboyance in the mighty sun, it would whisper kind words about its known secret of strength – roots recessed so deep into the hard earth. They have spent years forging new paths and have never given up, it would boast, rightfully beaming with pride.

Yet, humble is the tree that provides shelter for the insects on their bellies. Loved is the tree that blesses life in every way. Cherished is the tree that breaks ground to bring life to all around it.

So it is with patience – humble, loved and cherished by all who are fortunate to encounter it. Patience provides refuge for those who are lost, and comfort for those who have lost.

Love is patient, love is kind. God is patient, God is kind.

Welcome 2017

Good morning 2017! Where did January go? It feels like we’ve just celebrated Christmas and New Year’s!

We’ve just returned from an overseas holiday visiting friends and family. We hardly do that as January is peak holiday season, but now that we’ve done it, I think it’s a great idea to start the year with loved ones.

Going back to Singapore always grounds me. No matter how far I’ve come in my career, or church life (is that even possible), my first home reminds me of that little dorky girl who dreamt a little, but not that much. That’s why I love travelling – it gives us perspective, lets us into people’s lives, and reveals God’s beautiful creation so vast and wide.

2017 will be a year of rest for me. Ironically, I’d like to shift to a quicker gear in various aspects of my life, but out of a position of rest in God. He provides rest in green pastures and restores our souls. Nothing else will do the same – not possessions, prestige or people.

We talk a lot about discipline at church; discipline in prayer, fasting and quiet time. I’m not quite sure I see that concept much in the Bible. Does it stem from our 21st century upbringing, or from our guilt in failing to please God as we see it? The Bible, however, talks much about wisdom. Wisdom is to choose God above all, follow in His ways, and worship Him only.

What will 2017 bring? More sickness, disappointment or heartache? Will it just pass us by like 2016 did? Can we predict anything, anymore?

For starters, let’s wean off Netflix. Then, let’s choose God in above all.

 

Waiting

Waiting is hard. Waiting for a dream job to turn up, a relationship to bear fruit, or circumstances to change. I’ve since realised it’s not the end goals that make us fulfilled; it’s what we do in the times of waiting that fulfill us. 

After all, how many years did Joseph wait in jail, Moses wait on sheep or Jesus wait on others? We relish the success stories dotted throughout the Bible and wish our lives were just as exciting and eventful. In our narrow view of life, we gloss over dashes engraved on tomb stones, the hurt of promises never coming to past and the grunt of normalcy that drains hearts. 

We forget that God is still good in those times in which He asks us to wait. He is never late, but always on time, which means He never needs to wait. He is fulfilled in every moment. He is God in every second.

Forgive us O Lord, when we discount seasons that we dismiss as slow or meaningless; for the times we argued and grumbled whilst wandering in the desert because we didn’t trust You in the first place; for giving up on faith, hope and love. 

You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You were there in the past, You are there in the future, and You are here now. 

Anything could happen with You around, so what are we waiting for?