Sunday, August 26, 2007

Taken away... in Memories

Let the weak say, "I am strong."
Let the poor say, "I am rich."
Let the blind say, "I can see;
It's what the Lord has done in me."

This this the song... it touches me... It really comforts me a lot... This day... I am saddened by an incident that challenges my faith... my patience and will... My rock bike is gone... GONE!!!

It is indeed an incident that i never expected it to happen. It was a typical Sunday where i go and help out at church. I cycled there and LOCKED my bike to Paul's bike and to the 3 pipes... BUT at 1:45PM (est.) Paul called me and said, 'Garry, your bike is gone." At first, i thought he was joking. I thought he might have taken my keys and unlock it and play a joke on me... BUT as i go down... I saw all that was left is just the chain cut loose. I am shocked! I just don't know what to say and what to do~

All these while, i never expect my bike to disappear from church. It's at CHURCH"s MAIN entrance! the place where all church members are entering and exiting! But believe it or not.. it's now gone... i took precautions of bringing my bike inside my home instead of locking it downstairs my apartment. making sure i lock it well before leaving my bike around... NOW... it's gone! GONE...

The first point that came to my mind was, Did i sin against GOD? what have i done that caused me to deserve this? This is ridiculous... i can't take it! I can't accept it... At the same time, my mind struggles with me telling me to calm down and pray... I thank God my consciousness is still taking control... With all the church people surrounding me... All giving me their 'condolence'...

My mind stray so far that i thought of "How am i suppose to go uni now?"... back to old shape.. WALK! sigh... i just could bear it... I am so disappointed! after all the cycling... the comfort-ness of conveniences... going every in Sunway as i like. Going church anytime i like. Going Uni according to my preference of time... going to eat and going home as i like...

NOW... with my bike Gone... It's like in the Mika Song... "... like God took away my legs..."... Indeed... my conveniences are restricted once again...

But after all the thoughts.. with confuse and lost... I turn to God... for refuge and direction... Indeed... when man search high and low, left and right, up and down... There's only one way to turn to... GOD!

Seeking answer through prayers, devotion and saints... At once, i felt like i am like Job. But my conscience tells me not... Job lost everything. I didn't. Job suffered loss all by himself. I loss it with Paul.. So, i am not in the worst situation after all...

Through the daily bread...God comforts me with the bible verse in 1 Peter 5:7 "Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" there on, i cast all my heart-felt to God... i seek for Patience, strength, Love, Peace and Joy from Him! With the addition devotion summary verse that says "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength." —Isaiah 40:31

That really soothes some part of the pain. some verses promptly pops out of my mind... with on of them:

Isaiah 55:8-9 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I did the Lord's prayer during my devotion. With that, it brought my attention to 'Let Your Will be done on earth as it it in Heaven...' This may happen and i don't know why it happened... I choose to hang on to my Lord. My lord knows whats best for me...

As i move on... these thoughts come to me... I shall look forward... not backward... Perhaps, I am suppose to lose the bike so that i don't get into an accident.. I don't know.. but i know God has His plans for me... await it patiently... May God give me the strength to get through it...

As i read my email article of faith... again... it reminds me of the thoughts i have... with the bible verse that go
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. - Proverbs 19:21" This further encourages me.

Again, seeking answer from God, God spoke through the Oswald Chambers' Golden book. It speaks of the troubled. John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. It reminds me that i may not seek peace thru any other thing. but only thru my Lord Jesus. King of peace. Peace comes from HIM. Let us fix our eyes upon Him, just as said in Hebrews 12:2 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In ending... I would like to pray that, I may find the door that God has provided in my life... Every time when God closes a door, He opens another. We just have to back off from the closed door and search for another open door... I also want to take the opportunity to pray for the person who stole my bike. May he/she realize that stealing is not a solution to things. It's not right to take from others, regardless if he/she is rich or poor. If he/she is a non-believer, I pray that he/she may have the opportunity to have access to the Gospel. May the Holy Spirit touch him/her. Let he/she repent from the act and May God pardon him/her. I truly pray that if he/she is a believer, He/she may realize that by his/her act, it has caused pain to others.

As for myself, May God Almighty fill this heart with LOVE. So much that people surrounding me could feel it... Let me not be overcome by hatred or anger... Help me be more Christ-like. All this i ask in Jesus Name. Amen!

May those who reads this, pray with me as well. Thanks for your participation in prayers! God Bless!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A prayer for You who are weary~

I felt the burden in this prayer... It's dedicated to all.. May we pray and share this prayer together...

M ay God give you...

For every storm, a rainbow;
For every tear, a smile;
For every care, a promise;
And a blessing in each trial,
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share;
For every sigh, a sweet song;
And an answer for each prayer.

I earnestly pray through mighty Saviour Jesus Name I pray. Amen!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Lord's Clinic

I specially give thanks to My foster Sister, Jane~ Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of Power points with me... It is in power point format. I have taken then initiative to copy everything down and post it in my blog. It would good to share this wonderful checkup testimony by one of our bro/ Sis in Christ. The Slide goes as below...

I went to The Lord's Clinic to have my routine check-up and i was confirmed i was ill.

Apparently, Jesus was the Medical officer.

When Jesus took my blood pressure, He saw i was low in TENDERNESS.

When He read my temperature, the thermometer registered 40 Degree of Anxiety

He ran an electro-cardiogram and found that i needed several 'LOVE bypasses' since my arteries were blocked with loneliness and could not provide for an empty heart

I went to Orthopedics, because i could not walk by my brother's side and i could not hug my friends, since i had fractured myself when tripping with envy.

He also found i was short-sighted, since i could not see beyond the shortcomings of my brothers and sisters.

When i complained about deafness, the diagnostic was that i had stopped listening to Jesus' voice talking to me on a daily basis.

For all of that, Jesus gave me a free consultation. Thanks to his mercy, so my pledge is once i leave this Clinic, only take the natural remedies He prescribed through His words of truth.

Every morning, take a full glass of gratitude.
When Getting to work, take a spoon of peace.

Every hour, take one pill of patience, one cup of brotherhood and one glass of humility.

When getting home, take one dose of LOVE.
When getting to bed, take 2 caplets of clear conscience.

Do NOT give in to sadness or desperation for what you are going through today. God knows how you feel...

God Knows exactly and with perfection what is being allowed to happen to you in your life at this precise moment.

God's purpose for you is simply perfect.

He wants to show you things that only you can understand by living what you are living and by being in the place you are now.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Happy Birthday - MUM

Forrest Gump, "My Mommy says life's like a BOX of chocolate"

It was this beautiful quote that inspired me to name my blog after... It is also to honour my Mom for her effort in raising me up. This lady - the lady of my heart. Her name, itself already bring warmth into my heart. A friend, who is always there. The one i can turn to. The angel the Lord, hath sent forth to be with me. The one, whose name is not important at all. The one, whom i owe my achievement to. A WOW MOM!

Today, the sun rise as usual, the clouds in the sky moved as it it. The Wind breeze as it always is. Thank God. In my heart, there's a special season turning in. A day I rejoice as a day of her existence. It was this same date, 47 years ago that a lady by destiny to be my MUM was born. Thank God for giving me this Iron, yet soft and gentle as the cotton, Lady.

It is no wonder The Lord set Parents as the 1st Commandment in His covenant with Man~ Exodus 20:12 12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

For it is also written, 1 Timothy 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

I give thanks to the Lord that I am able to enjoy LOVE from my parents. Am able to honor them. I praise Him for that~ May the Lord continue to bless and keep Mum and Dad as they would always be. I would like to take this opportunity to pray for those who are less fortunate. May the fortunate share their LOVE with those of less fortunate. Truly our GOD is an Awesome God!

Last but not least, I dedicate this poem to MUM.

From the dawn,
till Dusk,
you cared for the house,
not the house,
but its occupants,
Well organised,
well fed,
well cared for,
Most importantly,
the LOVE poured,
I give thanks!
More than words can say,

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

My Rock Bike

It's been almost a year and a half that i am in Sunway city now. Studying in Monash. During my first few months here. I am quite disappointed with the public transport here. It's poor, untimely, unhealthy (all the black smokes), unfriendly, noisy and terrible.

Initially, i wanted to request for a car. A Kancil at this point is quite useful. Fulfilling the criteria of a C-A-R. Cheap, Affordable and Reasonable. None-the-less, i neglected an important point which my parents thought of. What am i going to do with it after i graduate? Sell? Transfer it back to hometown?

Looking at selling as an option. Kancil or any car in common, depreciates very fast. 'They' depreciates 60% once the 'green card' (registration card a.k.a ic for the Car) is produced. Transfer? well, the usage capacity of the cars at home is already under par. There is already a 6006 sitting at home, waiting for some one to use it.

Therefore, getting a car is unpractical. That is if i intend to stay in Kl temporary. Some of you out there may argue with the concern of getting a 2nd hand car. Sound practical? Still, maintenances? Petrol? Accident? Parking fees? where to park? Servicing? Ya i know that many people tend to say that not all 2nd hand cars are in bad condition. But still, there is a possibility And it's quite high!

After i gave up on the thoughts of getting a car, i look upon the 'cabbies'. In KL, these are also known as the common cousin of Dracula. They suck the blood out of you without any consent! Though not all. I thank God and pray for those honest taxi drivers.

After using the taxi services for half a year, which suck my blood dry, i finally accepted the fact of walking to Uni/ College. It was healthy, good exercise and Free! That maintained for another half a year.

The only problem with walking is raining and time consuming. Rain is a factor to almost all transport. EVEN CARS. Raining in Malaysia is as if a storm or disaster is coming. Everyone seems to slow down, or basically stop!~ I don't mean to say slowing down is not good, but not to the extend of Stopping! or causing Jam! For pedestrian and cyclist, of course its because of the sheltering problem. Therefore, raining can be exempted, as its the act of God~

Finally after pondering and evaluating on alternatives. Even looked at shifting myself nearer to Uni/ College. Still it doesn't help much. Through gaining something, i will lose something.
Might as well stay at comfort point.

So, i finally took a bold step of proposing a bicycle. An environmental friendly transport other than walk. Faster than walk, cleaner than a motorcycle, cheaper than a car. Easy, affordable, simple and eco-friendly (E-A-S-E). It's easy to maintain. Portable. If not going long distance.

Looking a few points that help me evaluate on getting a bike:

  1. Faster mode of transport than walking.
  2. Worth investing as its easily 'liquid-able' (Can sell if moving)
  3. Low/ No maintenance
  4. Church is moving to somewhere i can cycle to.
  5. I can cycle to 'Pasar Malam' to buy my vegetables and fruits cheaply.
  6. I am used to cycling since young.
  7. Quite cheap compared to other mode of transport.
  8. Don't need any license.
  9. Environmental friendly.
  10. don't need to wait for bus.

There are actually many more benefits. After proposing these. Thanks to my Mummy and Daddy, I got their approval and went ahead.

This was the bicycle i got from SS 14. I got it with a good friend of mine. Paul. When i first went there, i wanted to get a Lerun. My old bike was a Lerun too. However, the owner advised me to get the Rock Bike. His advice was that Lerun is currently catering to high and low end market. Low end, really low and high end really high. The quality is a little bit lower. He showed me the differences. I even went to the Lerun Authorized dealer shop to have a look at it. Indeed, the low end is really low. The high end is really high. Similar to Giant bikes. Giant is a really famous brand for bikes. Especially mountain bikes. Heavy duty and solid. Though this is my first encounter with Rock Bike. I think it should be fine. I changed the pedals with Alloy pedals, i added the bottle holder as well. Btw, the handles of Lerun for the lower ends ones are really thin. They are just common handles. As for Rock Bike, they are really solid. Never-the-less, i still love my bike back home. The Alloy frame, with extensive aluminum bar. Well, we just have to look forward in Life isn't it?

Not only the handles are different, Rock Bike has the new design of spokes. Its meant for heavy duty purposes and friction retention. Look at the picture:

In ending, I look forward to cycle the bicycle till i graduate. May God keep my bicycle well. I believe He will. Hope it will not be stolen. Thats all for now. Till Then, Thanks for reading. God Bless!