He became one amongst them.
The Heaven abider abides with them.
They felt enlightened when He was with them
They get comforted, they felt loved.
Abide in Me, He too pleaded.
And Lo! He had served His purpose,
Went to His Father’s everlasting abiding place.
Deserted, they felt, although His return assured.
His abiding presence filled the earth.
Not everyone feel His presence.
In heaven His throne abided.
So high and far away, someone said.
His abiding presence so close yet so far.
In our soul, guiding, comforting He abided.
He is never far away: always with us.
The heaven abider is He
Yet He walks with us step by step.
He abides with us when we abide in Him.
Are you among who closely feel His presence?
He speaks when we listen to Him.
For you, where did He abided?
Only as the heaven abider or within reach?
His abiding presence felt all over the earth.
Where do you let Him abided?
The Heaven abider and Soul abider.
“Papa, let’s play it my way”, demanded my five-year-old.
We are in the midst of playing manual games – Snakes and Ladders.
“Wait; let me think about it….” I replied. I almost gave in, to his demands.
Today he had struggled a lot. By analyzing the way we played for the last thirty minutes, several times the snakes on the board had troubled him. It is difficult to hide my compassion towards him.
“No, let’s follow the universal rule of playing this game. Keep trying!” I said.
He gave me a scorned look. But he followed my instructions; he knew I have the authority over him.
For starters, Snakes and Ladder is a abidings-20” target=”_blank”>game played by rolling a dice, in different turn, by each player. If your counter lands at the bottom of a ladder, you climb up. And if your counter lands at the head of a snake, you slide down at the bottom of the snake. You keep rolling the dice till you reach the goal or home.
We bought the game for some reasons: One, to reduce his screen time. Two, to help him learn how to count. Three, to spent time together. It is our hope that it would resulted in us growing closer and a good time for teaching life’s values.
Let’s talk about two things:
(a) Power Play at Home;
Now, when he demanded to play his way, by altering the rules a bit, it is natural. We also did that in our childhood days and even protested with hue and cry.
In our innate being, we wanted to bend few things if it does not favored us. But our parents enforced upon us some basic rules, which are not very sweet at that time. And I am really happy they did that.
It is a very small matter. I could have simply let him bend some rules. However, tomorrow he might say, “Papa, let’s play my way again!” So, I used my God-given authority over him so that he might learn his lesson.
In today’s society, I have seen young people challenging authorities, blending the rules and creating havoc in the society. We are deprived of inner peace and harmony.
It is becoming of a trend to revolt yet all revolutions are not bad. Please don’t get me wrong.
At home, the sanctity of family hierarchy has been challenged. In many cases, it has been destroyed. Small things flourished into destruction of human lives.
(b)The Way to the Father;
In the Bible, Jesus Christ told His disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)
We simply cannot bend or create our own way to go to the Father. There is only one way to get to the Father. No other way is given.
If we try to get to our Heavenly Father by our own way, we would perish. (John 3:16) God is beyond the challenge of human; He possessed the Highest Authority, forever and ever.
Do you think it would serve us good to depend on the wisdom of man; bending the way and playing it our own way?
In the game of life, let’s try to, at least, play it safe by following the ways of the Lord.
When failure looms large on our way of life, we are left with none to turn our ways to. This is the biggest threat to a life living on our own ways.
We tend to herds of cattle in the green pastures nearby our village. When we are busy with other work, we tie them with a long rope so that they can roam around freely, but within a limited space.
They are used for ploughing our paddy fields where we grow rice during the monsoon season. It is our duty to feed them as much as we could. These herds of cattle are important assets to the farmer. They become a source of livelihood for some families.
Being their importance emphasized, we took good care of them. However, after much of the preparation of soil for cultivation was done, we juggled our time for their care and other work.
We, usually, tie them in the fields. We control them. They cannot move beyond our permitted distance. We took them to different places where the grass is greener. Even in their limited space, we assured they get their needs.
Some Reasons for Limiting their Movement in the Pasture:
In short, they lack conscience which makes it necessary for them to be within our controlling limit.
When they are free to roam as much as they wanted, they’d damage the crops of other villagers. The damage need to be borne by their owners.
When they intruded, to farms and gardens being owned by other villagers, some of the folks tried to physically hurt the cattle. They cannot fully protect themselves. And, we don’t want that to happen.
Further, they can easily get lost into the vast landscape, either losing their way or being snatched by other folks to sell in the black market.
On some occasions, they would fall down in a pit or deep gorge. They needed to be rescued every now and then. We put them safe from the attacks of wild animals too.
To avoid these unwanted circumstances, we have limited their movement and put them under our control.
Living within Limited Space:
Although we gave them their needs and keep them safe, they don’t seem to enjoy all the time. It is in their innate being to get loosed and roam around the wild.
As wild as they could, they do not want us to be in control. They are unable to know the plans and care we had for them.
Within their limited space, they would, sometimes, rebel hurting to the owner physically. They can even protest in some situations.
Just imagine if I could care this much for our cattle being safe and fed, how much our Heavenly Father would care for us. We are His sons and daughters – through the blood of His own son.
There aren’t certain limitations prescribed – free to do whatever we like. To each person according to his performance and deeds, we will be rewarded on Judgment Day.
For the thinking mind, this verse from the Holy Bible contained all the possible Dos and Don’ts:
“You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9 NIV)
However, if you are among the un-believers of life after death, you don’t need to bother about it.
To Ponder Over:
God worked all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory. (Read Ephesians 1:11-12)
Yes, God is in Control and under His limitations, we are safe.
Under His limitations, we can be happy. God cares more than any human ever could.
It is my prerogative in His abiding grace; to always start my days with, at least one verse from, the Scripture. It renewed my hope, giving me the zeal of living, even in my worst circumstances.
There are times though, when I go by my own conveniences getting absorbed in other things. At times, my minds got usurped by what is happening around us. Too much focusing on the happening around us might distort our zeal of living.
Some of the Synonyms of zeal are: passion, enthusiasm, eagerness, fervor, love, and many more. In brief, zeal can be defined as the energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause.
In my free time, I would glance around the world through printed media. Hate-crimes are rampant in every corner of the world. The flamboyant lifestyles of some people adversely affect thousands of people, either directly or indirectly.
Distortion of facts, even in religious matter, to suit one’s living and in fulfilling their selfish ambitions becomes a threat to humankind. More and more people claimed to follow God by only befitting or letting down their faith.
Spreading false prophecy, distorting anything on the way; by way of playing the so-called diplomacy has been disheartening. Each day we are closer to the end of time. Especially to those who do not have hope of “life after death” or unmoved by the promise of life after death, they are in their prime.
In a world of distorted conscience, if I do not believe in the promised privilege about our eternal glory after death, it would be disturbing to spend each day. What really does the world has to offer? It is for you to think.
It might sound foolish to someone who enjoyed fitting in the systems of the world, as it is. I have been through some of the enjoyment but it’s not worth it. In the end, you wanted more. Either you ended up with guilty feeling or you get stuck.
Our body has been in its declining mode once it reached its peak. However, our mental strength in keeping our faith just started heading towards maturity. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, states, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live” (John 11:25)
The time, for my Savior to take me home, is worth waiting. Getting home, from a journey full of challenges and unfulfilled dreams – that’s the reason behind getting the zeal to live on. For someone who is really in Him, life is not burden but enjoyment.
Should you ask me how do I still have hope and have the zeal to go on? By now, I hope, you get it right.
Faith, without His abiding grace would get lost on the way. Yet even when there seems my faith have been lost, in His grace it gets renewed again and again.
Consider the word of the resurrected Christ in these verses, even before His Crucifixion:
“Because I live, you will live also” (John 14:19). Christ had also taught His disciples, His intention, for all of mankind: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)
In my younger days, I loved to read as much as I could. I’d enjoyed being submerged in thoughts of wise people. In my innate being, I wanted to know more about them, personally.
Let me confessed little bit, I’d follow few communist whose writing pattern had become an obsession to me. I’d imitate their styles during my school days. More than the content in their writing, it is their style of expressing, I had enjoyed.
We all enjoyed learning new things, I hope, for which writers or columnist became our channel for getting useful information and resources.
Few years had passed, when I got to know more about their ideologies and personal ethics, I stopped following some of them. I am no more a huge fan of them. Why? Because, only in my perception, I know them enough to the extent to even dislike them.
That being said, there are few reasons – I have become more critical of them. And I remained there, to be among their faultfinders, before I’ve moved on.
Now, getting to know more and getting closed are quite similar yet dissimilar hugely. And as you see, getting to know more of someone does not end in being getting close, somehow or never.
In the affairs of our so-called ‘love life or romance’, we can be attracted to someone before knowing them as much as we wanted to. It can led to a spark between two different people meeting in the stages of life – infatuation.
There are some who are unable to tolerate and enjoyed their incompatibility, which gradually let them to split despite their past commitments to each other. Failed partnership, failed marriage, failed relationship, or whatever name we called them.
In reality, our getting to know more must have led us to being getting closer. However, it can hit rock bottom and blew wide open otherwise. There’s nothing as such ‘an incompatibility-proof’ in all matters.
What is next? Being unable to get closer because of the ‘I know you’ attitude, jealousy plays a spoiler. When we felt not closed enough for few moments, our innate evil owner could creep in, destroying everything we had.
This critical view of fault finding can turn into compassion! One can take joy in dealing with incompatibility. When compassion creeps in, criticisms can turn us into being closer.
One thing, I must tell you, in the love of God poured out and made available in the blood of Jesus Christ, all things are made possible in His might.
Remember all the divisive barriers and personal strongholds were crashed on the Cross of Calvary, in His abiding grace.
Apostle Paul urged the believers, of Philippians, to let their knowledge and insights must draw them closer to the resurrected Christ. When he wrote to them, in Philippians 1:9,
“And this is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.”
Our God, always, remained close in His abiding grace. The more we know the more we get closer or want to get closer instead.
Unlike other personalities and existing creatures of God, we could be as close as Christ Jesus, and as much as we wanted to. His arm is always open to anyone. Let me end herewith;
To know more of Christ is to become closer to Him, day by day!
In the city where we now lived, kite-flying has been a common sight as the Independence Day of India is approaching. Young men and children throng the few open spaces available in the city.
The country’s artist and composers are hugely inspired by the man-made flying object – the Kite. The Hindi word ‘Udaan’, which can be loosely translated in its Verb form as ‘to soar, to fly or flying’ has been mostly associated with positive inspirations.
In villages and country-side, there are lots of people who do not have the chance to get a glimpse of the modern airplanes. Although most of fed ourselves, sleep and enjoyed the luxury of the flying object. For many, it is still a distant dream.
One evening and as usual, we were strolling for our evening walk in the park nearby. There are few boys flying a kite but two boys catch my attention as I’d sit down in the corner and watch them enjoying.
By their appearance, one seems to be younger who follow the command of the older boy. Orientation of understanding the hierarchy doesn’t seem to be needed, or they already it, that I don’t know. However, they are blending quite well. They work together like a good team.
And as I watched them, their effort paid off after several attempts. They are running the kite with excitement as the kite began to soar higher and higher. In gaiety, they looked around their friends proudly. It is hard to put in words, how happy they when they saw the kite soaring, from their very own hands. It is a great achievement for them.
Now they wanted to do something by winding the reel, as they are confident their kite wouldn’t simply go down. They tangled the reel with the nearby kite and successfully cut the reel of another kite. The other kite runner eventually lost control of his kite, which started to dwindle in the sky following the current of the wind. They are nor more connected.
As darkness gradually descended, the boys are hesitant to let go of their flying kite. They simply don’t want to take down the flying kite. I saw them tying the reel in one of the bench so that the kite will soar on its own. Now they headed towards the gate of the park, as it was time for them to go home.
They had just reached the gate, when they came back running. At this instance, I could see their dilemma and enquired their next step. The boys are shivering as they felt too connected. And they told me, they are afraid it might get lost or either way it might not fly for long before it was grounded by the wind. More so, someone might take it home, they said.
So they took down the flying kite slowly, handled with care, and took it home. Safely in their arms, they held the kite when they make their way out of the park. In the process, it can be seen they have great pleasure in taking home their favorite possession.
Several thoughts strike me as I make my way out of the park too:
One, it is in our natural instinct to be wanting to soar one day, at least achieved something, like the other creatures of God. Some of us succeeded while others did not. It is in the hands of God.
Two, in everything there needs to a leader and it emerges out when needed. A guide, who provided valuable insights and a shoulder to cry on, when needed.
Three, we tend to hurt someone nearby when achieving and enjoying our goals, whether knowingly or unknowingly. Four, to our God we are His prized possession saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. He takes pride in us being in Him.
Five, our God full of grace, wanted to stay connected with His creature, in this context, like the Kite Runner. Six, our God would never leave us midway in our journey. He let us enjoy the soaring and He will take care of each one of us.
Last and more importantly, when our flying time was over, when our journey comes to an end, Our God will take us home safely in His loving arms. Especially, to those who believed in the salvation through his own Son!
Few weeks ago, our relatives visited us. In the city where we now lived, we have few relatives. When they can spare time to visit us we were really happy and excited.
The children are busy playing their games together. It was a good feeling for them to get to know each other. For the parents, it was a good time share life as we faced it, which could provide us valuable lessons to take care for the future.
We are happy because we have someone who loves spending time with us. The conversations could be endless as we jumped from one topic to another. Moreover, when we have the chance to meet old friends and old neighbors, we have so many things to let out.
Time for Visitation:
Time for visitations cannot be bought. We cannot coerce someone to visit us either. It is a priceless experience. To the visitors during my hospital stay, I am more than grateful. Yet due to my health conditions, I am unable to talk to them that time.
In our hard times, God had sent his people, in His abiding grace, to help us in prayers even inside the hospital. When in grief, the presence of visitors and relatives make the suffering a bit easier. Theeface of God, for comfort, can be seen in the face of our visitors and the warmth can be felt too.
Further, let me broadly classify visitors into two: the uninvited visitors and the invited visitors.
The Uninvited Visitors:
The other name for uninvited visitors could be ‘the crashers’ in weddings and personal events. First, let’s talk about the ‘Gate crashers’. A Gate Crasher is a person who attends some event or social affair without being invited or without having proper credentials to get in. Some do it to gain popularity while some gate crashed to disrupt the atmosphere of an event or party.
Second, Wedding Crashers must be the one who are mostly unwelcome. Wedding crashers can be chaotic and unpredictable. If you have already watched the Hollywood movie ‘Wedding Crashers’ and its sequel, you already knew it.
Third, having visitors like the ‘Dupree’ of the Hollywood movie ‘You, me and Dupree’ can be annoying at times. However, it can be useful in some way or the other. Our toleration level might get boosted.
Above all, visitors unannounced can create nuisance although the intention and purpose might be good. And unwanted situation could be saved by letting our visits known before hand.
The Invited Visitors:
“My Lord, if I have found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant,” Abraham pleaded the three men standing by the terebinth tree of Mamre. They obliged and, in short, he fed them. The three men promised to return in time. They were on their way to Sodom and Gomorrah.
They told Abraham, that, “Sarah your wife shall have a son.” After which, the three men rose from there, and looked towards Sodom. (Genesis 18) Thus, the due promise of Abraham becoming a mighty nation came true. Since he had invited the three visitors in his tent, he was blessed. To be noted here; Abraham invited them.
Two, two men were walking on the Road to Emmaus. They were lonely and sad; they believed that the Messiah would redeem Israel here on earth. But Jesus Christ was crucified before their very eyes. Then, a stranger joined them.
They invited Him saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. He sat with them at the table. He blessed and broke the bread before their very eyes. And behold, it was their master, Jesus Christ who had been resurrected from the death. (Luke 24:13-31)
Now, consider this: should we let ourselves to be left annoyed by the uninvited visitors or invited a visitor before it is late?
In this lonely world, should we invite Jesus Christ; He is ready to abide with us. He would warmth our heart, filled our emptiness and makes us whole again.
Christ has unlimited time for visitations yet we have to take decision and invite Him. Since our eyes are opened – knowing good and evil – after what had happened in the Garden of Eden. In other words, since the time we have been deceived.
On our part, it is our duty to invite Him; to not pass on by and feed us from His own hand. Thereafter, He would get us filled and work in us, according to our needs.