O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
We were blessed and touched by our fellow sisters and brothers who opened their hearts and allowed themselves to be vulnerable as they shared about their faith experiences from the recent Treasure Retreat.
One of our sisters shared that the retreat was a humbling experience for her. Initially, the thought of having to undergo a stay-in retreat, using common toilets and knowing that her home was within walking distance, were psychological barriers she had to overcome. She then shared that one of the sessions touched on the theme of the retreat – GIFT (Grace. Intimacy. Faith. Transformation.). The aspect of ‘transformation’ resonated most with her as she felt that she had been rather distant from God and she desired for a more personal relationship and experience with the Lord . She therefore recognised that she had to first step out of her comfort zone.
Patiently anticipating a God-moment where she could experience Him in a more personal way, she sat through the series of sessions with an open heart and mind, from reflections to praise and worship to quiet time with God and group sharing. While all these sessions were inspiring and enriching, she continued to yearn for a personal experience. The unwavering tinge of hope she had in her heart kept her waiting in further anticipation during the praying over. At the end of the praying over, her disappointment grew and she began to feel quite upset with God.
The subsequent session after praying over was a time of affirmation through prophetic prayer. In teams, they prayed for a fellow retreatant by becoming an instrument of God to convey a message, image or verse which would be inspired by the Holy Spirit. She was unprepared and genuinely felt that she was not the most appropriate person to be praying with someone else at that point in time. Yet, she persevered with the prayer. As she prayed, an image of a girl running in an open field flashed across her mind. Like many of us, she began to doubt if it was from God or her own imagination. The image remained in her mind and she kept silent about it. Just then, she heard her other prayer buddy sharing with the retreatant being prayed for that she saw an open field with a girl running freely – the exact image our sister had seen in her mind. Upon realising this, she was awe-struck. When it was her turn to be prayed for, she was told of an image of Peter walking on water, and later sinking when he doubted. This image touched her deeply as it aptly described her current situation. Our God is indeed a faithful God!
Our sister’s revelations from the retreat can be summed up in the following scripture verses:
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)