How One Man’s Truthfulness Saved Our Child From Chemical Weapons

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“It is… positive, Aravind”.

Sheetal, then my wife of one month, looked at me. Her large, beautiful eyes were filled with disbelief. Neither of us could believe she had conceived – while she had been on birth-control pills. Two positive pregnancy tests in a row had blown away any bits of doubt, like a gust of wind blows paper bits off the road.

For many couples, conception is thrilling, but sadly it was not so for us. I was yet to earn a stable income in my freelance work. She was not yet working. We had planned to not try to have children until two years into marriage so that we could build a stable family life.

Obviously God had considered our plans. Then He had trashed them with no warning.

 

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I am not the Giver of life. So come, live.

I can’t remember everything; I was gulping down tension like a thirsty man. Continue reading “How One Man’s Truthfulness Saved Our Child From Chemical Weapons”

Deserted for a Purpose – II

This post is continued from last week’s post describing some undeniable facts of spiritual deserts. These are experiences when God puts us in tough places and we feel God is absent. A sick child, a sinking marriage, scandal and shame – urgent but unanswered prayers.

Why on earth would our Lord allow such things?

What is the purpose behind His children being deserted?

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Will we ever find God’s love in a spiritual desert?

Continuing to look at Paul Miller’s book, “A Praying Life”, he notes that “God takes everyone he loves through a desert. He does this to kill our idols, drive us to helplessness, and help us realize only HE can be our hope and joy.”
This leads us to the next question – how can we respond best in a seemingly hopeless situation where our spiritual life becomes dry and apparently of no use?
What do we remember so that we don’t give up or faint in this barren land?

Miller suggests that we remember three things:

(1) Don’t demand that the story go your way;

(2) Look for His hand [at work], and then pray in light of what you are seeing; and

(3) Stay in the story; don’t shut down when it goes the ‘wrong’ way. The examples of Job, Joseph & our Lord Jesus in the Bible show how they clung on to God almighty all through the gruesome times.

As we saw last week, prayer is integral to a Christian’s life during spiritual deserts. But as Miller says, “When we don’t receive what we pray for or desire, it doesn’t mean that God isn’t acting on our behalf. Rather, he’s weaving his story”.

God desires us to see Him at work, and to marvel at His goodness and grace, and learn to know and trust Him more in the process.

What do you do to keep hope in God alive during spiritual deserts? Feel free to leave your story below.

Deserted for a Purpose – I

Do you feel deserted? Stuck alone in a crazy, frustrating period of life?
A spiritual vacuum? If you have any thoughts about God, are they more on these lines?

“I am SO clueless in this mess? God, don’t you see this?!”
“Am done- Am DONE with my never-ending sins! Just finish me off Lord!”
“I want hope.. but I see nothing! NOTHING, Jesus! I hope you are happy?!”

Such complaints and dejected, despairing statements give away the soul marooned in a desert. The desert could be injustice, consequences of our sinful desires, consequences of others’ sinful desires, Murphy’s law chasing us down week after week, plain chaos. You are sure God has deserted you, and no one can help you.

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Followers of Jesus Christ go through desert-like situations knowing fully well we have the living God who can solve the whole disaster miraculously- and yet he does not.

If we look into the Bible, we know it is one book that bares lives of people- deserts and all.
David was anointed to be King of Israel, only to be chased into a desert by Saul. The Canaanite woman with a demon-possessed daughter, fell at Jesus’ feet for her girl’s healing, only to be confounded by Jesus’ aloofness. And then, the Lord Jesus himself, – was fatally rejected by His own Father, God almighty, as He bore our sins.

Paul E. Miller’s helpful book, “A Praying Life”, touches upon the topic of desert-like situations. One look at Miller’s life- he has been through tough times we would probably never ask for in our own. He shares some undeniable facts about desert experiences.

1) There is no way out of a desert God puts you in. Maddening fact.

2) The temptation to mock hope and have cynical views of God’s promises is very close.

3) Suffering in the desert burns away the false selves created by cynicism and pride or lust. We stop caring abut what people think of us.

4) We cry out to God so long and so often that a channel begins to open up between us and God. Radios get switched off. Praying gets mixed up into our sleep times.

5) The desert, becomes a window to the heart of God. He finally gets our attention.

Miller goes on to explain that people like Joseph in Egypt, sensed God bringing grace through suffering. Which is why he is able to tell his brothers that though they had wanted him destroyed, God used their evil to save the nation of Egypt.

Have you been through desert-like situations? What helped you not lose hope?
Have you or a friend of yours lost hope in Christ because of their suffering?

Next week – What do we do when we find ourselves in a spiritual desert?