Metamorphosis

A few weeks ago, there was a demonstration of transformation in our church for the children .A very well-known example of how a caterpillar transforms into a beautiful butterfly. While the example particularly aimed at teaching the kids, I was fascinated as to how a larvae turns into a butterfly as it passes through the various life stages.

Psalm 27:13-14 ,”I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

The caterpillar’s journey of entering the changing room (cocoon), spoke to me profoundly. It was a self-reflection of mirroring my life journey. It was a time while I was so tired of looking for answers, while I had no idea of what to do next. All I knew was that a change is coming, with unclear answers to the questions of how long it will take. I seemed to have been tired of trying to break out of the cocoon and all that was left was darkness.

The butterfly’s remarkable changing journeys carried answers to my innumerable questions shedding light on my own transforming, unfolding yet magical life journey.

Romans 12:12,“Be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, be in prayer.”

As the butterfly struggles to come out of the cocoon, Things seemed to be painful while I strived to come out of my changing room (cocoon). Exactly like the butterfly that stops to force itself after several struggles through the cocoon hole, I paused a while too to understand if I am trying on the wrong side as things really seemed to not work out. Similar to the cocoon, everything around me looked limiting. I also found several people helping me out without any effect.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the perfect time we will reap a harvest due season, if we do not give up.

Everything seemed to be of absolute uncertainty. Either I had to trust the changing process or doubt it. While I was constantly under the fear of what will happen next, I had no idea that the cocoon provided me with insignificant moments shaping my personal belief and life path. What seemed to be obscure and elusive was an eye opener to me. The phase where I seemed to make zero progress of coming out of the cocoon was actually helping me stand strong. The cocoon was not crippling me; it was providing me with all the nutrition that the wings of the butterfly require to prepare me for my flight. People around me helped me fight my troubles, when I felt they only seemed to have tiny effects on me. While I blamed the cocoon for blindfolding me, there seemed to be much more than what my eyes were seeing. The series of small events had a monumental effect. While I said, “ I can’t, I give up” , I also saw myself surrounded with wise people who guided me as my patience , faith and belief appeared to be tested.

Inquisitor for answers, I ventured on the unknown and what I got was an experience, a lesson much greater than I expected.

John 13:7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

Habakkuk 2:3 “For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

The uncomfortable situation now seems to be deceptive. Sometimes, it’s important to take time to go with the flow of nature, to allow Almighty to work in us during each of our transformations, to help us grow into beautiful creations that He planned for each of us. God will work in every situation to bring the good from it. Trusting His purpose will help us orchestrate all the topsy-turvy events of our life with the right attitude.

Someone said it right, “In our waiting, God is working”.

John 5:17, Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”

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Attitude

The word ” Humble” has been constantly hitting me . If at all I could just adopt this feature in myself , I’d be grateful. I do not know how many of us actually realize the importance of being being humble.
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But isn’t it wonderful that even in this complex generation when life is hitting so hard we still see so many people around us everyday adept “humbleness” .
This week , we can follow few rules of humility.
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Gratefulness: Amidst all the storms , the unwanted complex situations , those opposing your desires , be Grateful for all the assets, the skills , the gifts , the people , your life…and so many innumerable opportunities.
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Patience and Kindness : Both these nouns glue each other. While time is pacing and the younger generation find it difficult seeing their life constant. We kind of hate to wait for the good , for the better . We don’t want to accept things. And when life turns upside down, we are just too impatient to deal with it . So we pour our anger on the people around us, because its more easier. Kindness can not just take us a long way to surprise people but also fill our souls with happines.. Do It Today
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Love and Compassion : compassion is placing yourself in other’s situation, understand them. It is called empathy. We are exactly a vapor that would someday vanish, so who are we to judge anybody. Someday we could or must have already been there in their place. If you could actually keep yourself in their place you’ll be gentle to them and also understand them. And I tell you, its just the beginning of Love

Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of the others.”
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Have a beautiful week ☺️

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The Game Is On

Over the years I’ve been quite stubborn about getting certain plans fulfilled. And The way my life has been turning out for past few years , I realize that my plans were not the authority the Universe operates by. But then things get confused between the waiting game and decide “Okay, This plan isn’t going to work out”
While we often have quotes to tell , ” Good things come to those who wait”
And the other is the contradiction, ” If plan A isn’t working out, then surely there is that plan B that God has for us, which is so much better.”
In both of these cases , I understand one thing, You cannot give up. In all of these we tend to experience change, and here is where we need to refocus my mind.
My experience over a year has been quite a bit emotional , tremendous and also horribly beautiful. Most of it, was based on game called “Waiting”. Turning the tables is so easy for God… But it isn’t just like that things occur as we want. In the waiting… there is a lot of things happening…we grow , we change, situations change, plan A flips to plan B. We fight..we battle… We wait…we cry ..we laugh…we gain and we also lose. Amidst all of these, we just cannot afford to give up, because if we do, we fail…n then its more of frustration n all the extra vices added to it. In all of these, I understand our dreams our plans don’t come before time and neither is it too late..it just appears at that perfect time… Please don’t give up.
Galatians 6:9, the apostle Paul tells us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”
Over a year ago, while I gave up on something that was quite close to my heart… I’m not sure if I actually regret about it.. because may be I wouldn’t have had this mixture of experiences of people places and circumstances. All I know is that I’ve been living on the promises and on hope , the stories that I am living and dreams of re creating them are still alive.
The Gospels are true examples of stories of people facing ups and downs in their faith .
Mary and Martha had to wait three days before Lazarus was raised from death.
While my plans have been constantly changing, I kinda find it funny and curious to know , now what next and how? But the process or the journey is an in-depth experience and all I know is, ” God is in the business of changing my plans to His plan” and interestingly that is the only reason I cannot give up because things aren’t the way I had been wanting it to be.

The wise sayings from Proverbs 16:9, ” In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”

P.S Keep believing and do not dare to give up, coz the Universe has always something, the Best to offer us. It’s up to us whether to accept it with gratitude or reject them.

Have a great week !

The Riddles

Two months, I had a lot to do with travelling,
Although Moving or travelling to a new place, brings a lot of excitement, yet at the same time I’m equally scared to step on it. Its been so long, I’ve been travelling and moving to places all alone. Yet, Believe me , there is a continuous flame of fear within me.
Amidst all these fears whether it be it travelling to a 20min distant place or some States away. The experience about not knowing what’s going to happen is precious.. because I’m left with unimaginable and beautiful memories that I bring back along.
Everytime I do this, I’m grateful that I meet so many people who adjointly help me not only in reaching destinations but also impacting my life beautifully…
I often wonder what Did I do to meet up such beautiful people… influencing my life… AND often ending up in lasting relationships.
My friend Nainatulla is always worried about me, that I meet up so many strangers in so many unknown places ….But Sweetheart, maybe that’s faith, because I’m so sure that it’s a gift that I’m able to know them, know their stories and That I can never give up on.. and that I’m supposed to share it with the world.
I so believe that this Universe has a lot to offer us, and we in turn are supposed to do the same.
My mom often tells me that God works through people to let blessings flow into our life… And we again are to help and give wherever and whenever required .So ,she never stops me from going to unknown places and meeting unknown people…..
Instead she says, “Go build your tribe”.
The World is filled with innumerable people and yet the same World is a small place…
Somebody said it right, “What goes around comes around” . Perhaps its all about recognizing all of these wonders from the Universe. You fall in love some way or another, it could be anything , new friends , place or stories. It definitely changes your life’s perspective.

But everytime I’m scared to step out again I remember how My last unknown trip turned out to be blissful..
I take one of my favourite verse along with me,

“Isaiah 45:2 : “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.”
And I embark again..coz I know this journey that embarked on Today is going to give me with unimaginable possibilities , people and lots of amazing experience.

I step on that faith, because I do not know what God’s plans are, yet all I know is that his wonderful plans are yet to be fulfilled in my life. So I don’t stop , I just embark on that unknown journey, try it with all my might with a complete reliance on God without knowing the outcome.
Every new journey leaves me in a complex set of emotions.. but all of them are just so beautiful , so clear and so fresh.

By simply being open to gifts that God has been granting , all such journeys opens up for so many blessings .
At the end of the day, the experience is incredibly amazing.
I do know if it is the place or the people who descend as angels , just at the right moment and guides me not only to my destination but also provides me with some extraordinary experiences.
It gives me immense pleasure to walk on that what God has laid out for me,
Psalm 18:36, ” You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn”

Have a great week 🙂
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Faith has a better Offer

I asked her,” how is it going to happen”
She said, ” If God didn’t want me to , He would have never given me this opportunity.”
I suppose that’s faith, she didn’t know How it was gonna be, but she chose to hold the rope of faith.
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I often wondered , Will I be able to repeat her words again.. coz then I seemed to doubt the possibilities
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Few weeks have been quite crucial for me, I experienced emotions, love, friendship , people , places and unimaginable wonders…that one could only dream of.
I’m so glad that Today I’m living on promises that I never thought would be fulfilled.
Well, I am grateful
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Hebrews 11:1,” “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see.”
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If you have been promised the things , you need to stand firm on it, believe coz it’s already given to you, its Time that will accomplish the fulfillment of what has been promised.
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You see a lot of obstacles in your way, you may have to wait for a long time, but you know that the other side is spectacular. Don’t lose hope coz God has his perfect timing. All You need is to grab the opportunity, take actions , And live Your Moment( Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might) and You see the fulfilment of God’s promise, because it is the journey that leads you ahead.
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Do not be afraid ( Isaiah 41:13 ,” For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you”)to take a leap on where you see yourself because Faith is all about experiencing even before you experience it in actual.
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Faith will help you witness what you hoped for, provide you the confidence even if the promise seems so far away.
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Dream Big , Have faith 🙂
Have a great week !
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Waiting …

Luke 15:20,”But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

No matter, how late it is,My father always waits for my call once I’m back home from work.

Similarly, We often say , we are waiting on God. But sometimes, our faith stumbles and we give up.We are told to keep faith, but nobody told us sometimes it could be really tough to hold on. This gives birth to anger, sadness, depression and what not.
That’s where we fail, if we are keeping faith, we also have to realize that we are not forsaken even for a minute. Also, God is quite ahead of us. We may not see miracles in the given timelines, But do You know God is known for his timings, The perfect time 🙂 We never dive into a situation alone, He has already prepared our way . And he also waits eagerly for us to reach him. So , when we reach the well exhausted and tired, know that Jesus is already there, waiting for us.

To keep moving on faith, we mustn’t wait For God, we must wait Upon God.
Isaiah:40:31 ,”But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

To do so, we need to constantly meditate on God’s word, The Bible. It has everything that you need to keep going. It’s a life jacket that will help you fight drowning, till you swim and reach the shore.

Your Tribe

They say that you have to find your own tribe,
And once you let your hearts open to the surroundings,
When you let it happen,
It’s beautiful, It’s precious.

You find your set of tribe.

When you find your people, don’t just stop there, sing your soul out loud together,

Travel miles, embark on adventures

The world seems more brighter and clearer.

And Of course,you never know when is the last time, you’re gonna be with them.

So, Be Grateful coz it rarely happens.

Also, Continue building your tribe, bring more beautiful souls into your world.
Because,

They are your People,❣️❣️

They Are Your Tribe❣️❣️

~Elisheva_nicy

Indecisive

In one week, I had 5 different opinions, a challenge I had in making a simple decision. The only answer i had ,” I don’t know”.
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I could not let go control and let myself free to decide what i wanted .What I really wanted, until yesterday when I let go off every negativity , with a shout.
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The fickle mind state appears when we are having numerous opinions.

We see one challenge in an assignment, and the first thing that comes to our mind is “okay I’ll do, but this is far beyond reality, not sure if this would ever happen”.
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Our divided interests is quite dangerous. Initially you say, “okay” agreeing to an assignment and then you are questioning the viability of the “possibility”. Clearly we are being double- minded.
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James 1:8 says,“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
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You are uncertain about your prayers , about the existence of the truth of Biblical prosperity in every instance of your life.
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The first step is to replace every negativity, with the positivity.

Mark 9:23, Jesus clearly says , “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”

Think and talk about the possibilities and opportunities and eliminate negativity,
the Universe will deliberately fill you with all the wonders.
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And the challenges will seem just so worth when you reach the zenith

Let Go Of F-A-R-T

I slammed the door shut and locked it behind me.
“I’m not listening to anything you say.” I yelled to no one in particular; and crawled between my bears and dolls… furious.
After a while.. I heard a knock at the door.
“What?” I said, angrily.
“Open the door, please. I have something to tell you.” He said.
“No.”
I got no reply to my denial.. and thought he was gone.
After a few minutes ticked by, I unlocked the door and looked out. I was right… he wasn’t there.
I turned my head towards the right and found him leaning on the wall… grinning like an idiot for no reason.
“What happened?” I asked angrily.
What I got in return was the sound of a big loud fart. Once. Twice. Three times.
I could no longer stay angry or hold my laughter. So I joined him in and started laughing out loudly. Never in my life had I laughed so hard with mascara running down my cheeks.
Needless to say, there was no longer anger in the air.
He laughed. I laughed. All was good.

Faith Crisis

“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).Every now and then, we also wonder where God is through all the unfairness and cruelty and inequity in the world.

But Nowhere is it written exactly that if you do this or that, that everything in your life’s gonna be fair and good. Isaac went blind and then his child betrayed him? And where was the fairness when Sara had to wait 99 years before she had a child, and God said, “Sacrifice him”? And Moses couldn’t even get past the bouncer to the Promised Land.

In the course of one day, Job received four messages, each with separate news that his livestock, servants, and 10 children had all died.

“Why have you forsaken me”, Job asked the question too.

He lost his farms, lost the animals, lost his children, lost his wife. Job lost everything. And he felt that God had abandoned him, deserted him, and Job was angry with God and even raged at God.

Our situations, doubts are a metaphor to where is God, throughout Job’ sufferings and pain? Is God still winning a bet with Satan?

Are you with me, God?

Psalms 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” Exactly what Christ cried on the cross, a manifestation of what Christ took on Him what is ours? He spoke for us.

We, as humans, also experience Abandonment, desertion and being forsaken by God. These are drenched with the feelings of sadness, confusion, anger and rage. But these feelings are all normal, and it’s OKAY to vent all these feelings as Jesus did on the cross.

It is acceptable for you and me to feel as King David did. It’s Okay to feel like David, Okay to feel like Job and its Okay to feel like Jesus.

Like Jesus clinging to God with all his power, with both hands, and at the same time, shouting his inner feelings up to God.

We are invited to do the same. Cling to God with both hands and shout our inner feelings to God in the highest.

But the drama doesn’t end there, with depression, defeat, exhaustion.

What we see is only a clip, the movie isn’t completed. The clip is only a puzzle; it still needs time and patience to be solved.

Job’s faith was tested, and he passed the test. He continued to be a faithful servant. He persevered. And for his faith, God rewarded Job with twice what he had before.

Job’s feelings of abandonment were not his last words. He wrote at the end of his book, “I know that my redeemer lives.”

King David wrote the 22nd Psalm, “My God my God, why have you forsaken me.” , But he also wrote the next psalm, the 23rd psalm, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.” The 22nd psalm was not his last word.

Jesus’ last words were “It is accomplished. It is finished. It is done.” He also said, “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” Likewise, Easter always trumps Good Friday.

God’s not indifferent to our pain. Isaiah 43:2 says,” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.” And God can and will heal you of every disaster that befalls you.

Mathew 27:46

“It was three o’clock on Friday afternoon. Jesus had been hanging on the cross for three hours on the darkest day of the year. Suddenly or slowly, his voice penetrated the skies with a shriek and he cried, “Eloi, Eloi, lama Sabachthani.” My strong God, my strong God, why have you abandoned me.”

P.S. And those were not his last words from the cross. Amen.