Month: May 2021

Mission

In 2013, at the age of 16 ½, my oldest daughter embarked on a six-week mission trip to Nepal and India. Upon returning to the U.S., she met with the Mission’s Board at our church to share her experience. This video is the ‘readout’ she shared. She is now 24 years old and has been married for two years. I continue to be inspired by her faith and love for the Lord. I hope this video is a blessing to you.

Prayer

For years I have heard stories about God moving in miraculous ways. Sometimes the stories sounded too good to be true. Other times it seemed the stories had been embellished with each telling. In 2013, my oldest daughter went on a mission trip to Nepal and India. When she returned home and told me about all that she had personally experienced and witnessed, my belief and prayers were forever changed. SEE VIDEO BELOW.

One of the stories she shared was about a man whose arm was broken. She said she could physically see the broken bone. One of the guys in her group led a prayer for the man and asked how his arm felt after a minute or two. His arm was completely healed. She said, "Dad, I saw the broken bone with my own eyes, and minutes later, the bone was restored, and his arm was completely functional."

It is comparatively easy to pray for successful surgeries and restoration of health when the desired outcome is highly probable due to the advances of modern medicine. Praying for a miracle, however, tends to be a different story. It seems people often talk about God moving in a mighty and powerful way, but they don't expect a miracle to occur. Moreover, some people are reluctant to pray for a miracle because they don't want to get someone's hopes up or have some doubts.

While many medical conditions can be treated (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure) with medication regimens, not everyone is healed. Those who are healed often attribute their healing to lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, weight loss). Hoping is one thing. Praying and believing is another. Do your prayers reflect wishful thinking or your trust in the Lord? Numerous times in the Scriptures, when Jesus healed, He spoke about people's faith (e.g., Matthew 9:2, 22, 29).

Humpty Dumpty

Life is messy, and while we are all broken, sadly, people are often labeled and treated differently as a result of their circumstances. Take Humpty Dumpty, for example; he will forever be known as the egg who fell.

Like so many of us, Humpty Dumpty was living the good life, and things seemed to be going well for him. Whenever I saw him at church, he always said he was “fine.” But then again, why wouldn’t he be? Humpty is a great guy, and he has a good job, a nice house, and a beautiful family. Plus, if he wasn’t okay, he could have told me and asked me for help.

Well, as you know, Humpty unexpectedly fell. Frankly, I shudder at the thought of how helpless and hopeless he must be feeling. I’m genuinely concerned and curious about:

  • What happened?
  • Why was he even on the wall?
  • Was there a strong wind that day?
  • Are they going to be able to put him back together again?
After the Fall bookcover

This article was inspired by the children’s book
After the Fall by Dan Santat (2017).

Though he was prone to wobble, since his accident, instead of being supportive and offering encouragement, in an attempt to fix him, some people are giving him advice and telling him what he needs to do. Despite seemingly good intentions, how quickly people forget that our role is to love, and it is Jesus who is Lord and Savior.

Here’s part of the problem: we saw Humpty as an egg and treated him as such. Eggs, however, are like caterpillars. When the conditions are
ideal, they go through a type of metamorphosis and are transformed into something new.

Instead of turning to the king’s horses and king’s men to put Humpty back together again, God’s plan was to get Humpty’s attention and use his circumstances so that he might turn to the King of kings and place his trust in the Lord of lords. You see, God created and destined Humpty to be a bird and to soar with eagles.

Sorry, Humpty! We intended to help.