Monthly Archives: March 2016

Lesson of the week

I learned a lesson recently and want to share it with everyone.

 

Last week friday I had my last two wisdom teeth removed. The surgery was mostly painless and I actually was asleep for most of the procedure. The previous one in Novemeber of last year was difficult. I spent a week stressing and googling every article I could find and I woke up during surgery from excruciating jaw pain while they were sawing away. Recovery wasn’t too bad though. However, this time around I’m not too sure. I prayed to God for mercy and help. I heard that my surgery would be ok and I’ll recover faster than last time. I was also warned to protect my emotions because I’ll be feeling really low and sad this week.

After surgery, the whole week I felt tired, weak and sore. I wanted to stop taking the painkillers but the jaw pain was so persistent that I couldn’t sleep. I began to look up articles again. ┬áRe-reading the same ones over and over. It didn’t make me feel any better, sometimes even more afraid. Everytime I told myself to have faith, I’ll get angry. ┬áPast medical issues were my concern and I didn’t want another flare from the pain medication. My faith was not strong. My emotions were all over the place. I was so distraught. I felt guilty for so many things, not even using this time to relax and recover. Just a big fat mess in my mind.

 

Today is Friday and I have no idea what to expect for the day but what I learned was that all that stressing changed nothing! Fixed nothing, did nothing but made me feel sick! That’s not faith at all and probably turned what could’ve been a relaxing recovery week into a ball of emotions. Today is a new day, why stress? Believing means expecting, not yeah ok I’ll listen but then freak out anytime something seems to not bring me immediate comfort. On the good side I have no infection, my wound is healing well and I don’t have to go through this ever again.

 

Lesson learned.

 

 

Unity In Christ Through Communication

I was spending time reading about the stories of the Old Testament and also reflecting on the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life.

The old tale of the tower of Babel and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues are linked in an interesting way. The people during the time of the Tower, where selfish, prideful and full of wickedness. They had set out to build a tower to reach heaven for very evil reasons. In unity they pursued evil and in response, God confused their language and they separated.

In the New Testament, the baptism of the Holy Spirit brought unity. The truth is, language is not something we humans made up. According to the bible, people spoke one language until God brought various languages into existence in order to halt their evil plans. When the disciples spoke in tongues, every nation and tongue represented there understood what the Spirit was saying in their own language.

 

In the beginning there were no Jew and Gentile as all humans came out of Adam and Eve. Over time, God allowed the division to keep holy people from defiling themselves with sin and for the Jews to serve as an example of righteousness. God’s pure and true intention was for the unity of humanity through his Spirit, through love. God did not forget gentiles. God does not care about the differences we so care about in this world. The Holy Spirit is bringing unity between God and man and man with each other.

There is nothing mystical about speaking in tongues. God is simply reflecting his true intentions through the Body Of Christ. Every nation, tribe, poor or rich, old and young has a place in the Body of Christ. And God is in the business of calling us back to the days of the Garden of Eden. The day of rest and righteousness. A day of relationship.

I have always had a fascination and love for language and the beautiful sounds of communication, especially on paper. But my love for it has taken a wonderful turn. Where the world wanted to deny the power of God, I embrace that all knowledge comes from him. We don’t just make up things, create inventions and then say it is us. All knowledge comes from him and it is right to give credit where it is due.