Hi guys, finally, my first blog entry here =p
And honestly, Iâ€™m so excited to share of Godâ€™s goodness towards me. It has really taught be alot and I pray that those who will read this would be blessed too.
Here i go then:
It was a Sunday, the 27th of May, what started out to be like a typical Sunday at church turned out to be rather eventful! After church, and after our various meetings and choir practices, the 3 of us, Gwyneth, Hannah, and myself decided to just do some catching up, and to just take a walk around Jurong Point. Having a car with us, we drove there and came to a decision to park at this make shift car park, since it offered free parking and was conveniently located just opposite Jurong Point . This particular carpark had no allocated markings for the lots, so we simply picked a spot and went off to Jp.
Hours later, we returned to where our car was parked â€“ it was noticeably more packed, and it didnâ€™t help that streams of cars were continually entering an already â€œcrammedâ€ car park. So we started our car and began reversing out….a couple of minutes later, we were nearing the end of the car park, but there was something that stood in the way â€“ a car that obstructed the way by parking near the exit.Â We had to negotiate a really tight turn..we started moving really slowly, â€œinchingâ€ our way through..Seconds passed and all of a sudden, we heard this tapping sound on the car. I paused and thought to myself, what was that? I donâ€™t see anyone tapping the car boot… I did not realise what had happened, but to my horror, I had actually scratched the rear bumber of the car that stood in the way.
We were faced with a decision, a choice…to siam or not to siam( siam : evade any form of trouble) .
What would you do if you were faced with such a situation? Honestly, I was in a dilemma, at the back of my head, I knew that being a Christian, it certainly wouldnâ€™t be right to just leave without leaving a note â€“ for fear of incurring any additional repair bills. And on the other hand, I was thinking that if that car owner could actually choose to park in a position that obstructed the way, he might actually turn out to be quite an unreasonable person. One who may even take advantage of the situation to get a â€œfree car â€“ make overâ€ probably a change of car-bumber, or maybe even a new coat of paint.
We were at a lost, not knowing what to do…we were â€œweighing the costâ€ â€“ but what were at the end of the 2 scales?
I thank God for the 2 Christian friends Gwyneth and Hannah who were there at that point of time. They provided such good and sound advice too, and showed love through their patience, help towards me. While we were contemplating and â€œweighing the costâ€, Hannah suggested with a soft, but firm voice, saying â€œI think we should leave a noteâ€. Though that may seem naive of her (of not realising how cruel the world may be), at the back of my mind, I knew that she was right, and what struck me was the kind of faith she had in God when faced with adversity..how could I choose to flee, stumbling her with my decision especially since Hannah was a relatively new believer, and it was also so timely, that the topic my pri 5 Sunday school class and I were on happened to be decision making, choosing to honor God just as Abraham did..I seriously thought to myself, how could I be teaching others, but not even practicing it myself?
Indeed our God is always there when we need Him, so real and so true, and how everything fell in place so perfectly. We prayed together..and i thank God for showing us things in a different light â€“ instead of having â€œextra expenses incurredâ€ on 1 side of the scale, and â€œdriving off – maybe even without the owner himself realising that extra scratch on his car bumberâ€ we weighed the cost differently â€“ one side being â€œlosing money, an earthly possessionâ€Â and the other being â€œour testimony we leave for others as Christiansâ€
So we finally came to a decision, we chose to honour God, by leaving a note for the car owner with my mobile number on it.
Minutes slipped past, perhaps even an hour, the sky was dark by then and it started raining really heavily too, so we decided to enclose the note within a plastic bag -> that was coincidentally from life book shop! Iâ€™m sure nothing happens by chance and I thank God that the three of us chose to honor God with our decision. Even though we knew not of what would happen, we left, with this peace in our hearts knowing that God will honour those who honour Him.
As I got home, I started praying, pleading with God to show himself real, so that we may glorify Him through this..just at that moment, my hand phone rang, it was an unknown number…
I picked it up and true enough, it was the car owner..
Our God is truly awesome, and sovereign! The owner kindly said that he had read the note and would settle any fees incurred from the damages on his ownâ€Â
What a mighty God we serve, indeed I feel so privileged that we as Christians can turn to Him whenever we need Him, whatever the time, wherever the place.
Indeed, i pray that i will always be reminded of this incident when i make future decisions in life. That having a child-like faith is all it takes, to trust in God to make decisions simply based on what God has instructed us ad Christians to do, and not to rely on our own intelligence. (just like in the incident of worrying whether or not the car owner would take advantage of us)
All praise and glory be unto our wonderful God, our councillor and marvellous friend. J