Rebekah in the Old Testament is a woman of faith. Her encounter with a stranger changed her life forever. Read the rest of this entry »
I haven’t written a real article since December 2011 because I have been very busy working on my first Christian romance novel and learning the craft of writing. I am sorry that I haven’t had the time to visit your blogs. Please accept my apology.
Some of you have already known that my very dear friend Kody went home to be with the Lord last October after battling his cancer for a year. He was only 32 on earth. I said this because he still lives in my heart and is enjoying his eternal life in the Kingdom of God, where our Lord Jesus Christ is. Read the rest of this entry »
Matthew 16:24 (NIV)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
“Lord, that’s where I want to go.” I pointed in the direction of my own path.
“No.” He shook His head, then pointed His finger toward a faraway place that my eyesight could not reach. “See that place? That’s where I want you to go.”
“I can’t see it.” I narrowed my eyes. “But, God, don’t you think my way is a lot easier? Look.” I jabbed my thumb toward my path. “It’s very beautiful, and there are no obstacles. I think I can reach my goal in no time.”
His voice very tender and His gaze very warm, the Lord spoke to me, “Are you certain that you’ll achieve what you hope for? Are you sure that what you hope for is really what I have planned for you in your life?”
“Hmm…” I became speechless and cast my eyes to the ground.
He waited patiently for my answer.
After brief seconds, I let out a deep sigh and turned my head to where He wanted me to go, then fixed my eyes on Him. “Lord, the path You’ve chosen for me looks very tough. What if I need Your help?”
“You can count on me.”
“What if I fall?”
“I’ll carry you.”
“Don’t doubt. Just follow me. Give me your right hand.” He extended His hand, His palm waiting.
Without a bit of hesitation, I obeyed His command. Without a backward glance, I walked beside the Almighty, following His guidance and walking toward the place He had chosen for me as I totally trusted in Him that He would reveal the unknown place to me in His own time.
Lord, in my distress,
You speak softly to me,
and I lift my eyes toward You.
You renew my strength,
and I stand up and walk again.
Lord, forgive my transgressions,
for You are a merciful God.
Lord, help me trust You with all my heart,
for You are the same yesterday, today and forever.
Copyright. Dicky To. All Rights Reserved.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
In March 1994, a miracle happened in my life.
During my job interview process, I sat alone in the human resources office as I was filling out an application. I paused when a question asked me about my status. I knew I had to choose ‘Married’ or ‘Single’.
I was a foreign student without a residence or citizenship status. If I chose ‘Married’, then I would move to the next line to tell the company that my wife was a US citizen, and they would know that I could legally work in the country, but I would have lied because I had not been married yet. If I chose ‘Single’, they would probably reject my application.
Down deep within my heart, I knew that I would sin against the Lord if I lied. I also believed that if it was God’s will for me to have that job, I would get it no matter what was in His way. With these thoughts in mind, I decided to choose ‘Single’ and let God do the rest according to His own will.
Two weeks later, the company interviewed me again, and on the same day they offered me the job.
One day as I was working in the office, my manager stopped by my cubicle and told me something beyond my expectations…
“Hey, Dicky,” he said to me. “Right after I gave you the job offer, I thought about your work status. Then I immediately rushed to the human resources to check your application. I was relieved when I saw that you marked ‘Married’.”
My eyes widened as I smiled. He did not realize that it was God who worked behind the scenes.