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.
God’s Ways Are Higher Than Mine
One of our fellow sisters in Christ shared that she was looking forward to the retreat as she had always wanted to dedicate time for one. Work commitments however always seemed to be a perennial obstacle. She was thus glad that she could finally make it for this Treasure retreat.
She shared her initial feelings of disappointment as she was supposed to attend this retreat together with one of her close friends who had to attend to some urgent matters, and as a result, was not able to join her. And so in her prayers, she started to ask God many questions. Upon reflection, our sister received a message about being patient and how everything shall be fulfilled in God’s perfect time and will. Two particular scripture verses which spoke prominently to her were:
“Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”
(1 Samuel 3:10)
“Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?…“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?… Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line?…What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?… “Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness?… “Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east?…Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?”
Like Samuel, she felt the Lord reminding her of the need to listen more intimately to Him. And like Job, to trust in God’s ways and timing even in the midst of our difficulties and struggles, to the extent of putting aside her tendencies to question and to seek for definite answers (like what many of us would typically do).
She was extremely thankful for the grace to better embrace the crosses that come her way. Now she constantly reminds herself to cling tightly to Jesus, always preparing to serve with a loving heart, and looking forward to the resurrection.
An image that came to her mind was on God’s light shining through the cracks in our jars. Through this image, she felt the Spirit assuring her that when the Lord calls, He will provide, strengthen and empower her despite of any imperfections.
Truly, we can do nothing without Him. But with God, all things are possible!