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Humans are adaptive in nature.

You don’t have to be told of what will occur next or the plans to be able to adjust. You see how everything plays and try to fit yourself in the large jigsaw puzzle.

But in a family, don’t we get to be informed of the succeeding changes that will happen in our home? Or just like before, we have to adapt fast and adjust to the changes?

At times you just want to escape the endless rumblings of things that they are too afraid or just don’t want to tell the person in question. What if the person is not capable of being sensitive to others or if everything should be laid out in plain black and white for him to see? But we don’t get to choose what will happen. We must learn not to dwell on the past or worry about the future, and we cannot wait for a chance of another life to relive the present. We get by day to day, and it’s up to us to grab that second round that is given to us by grace. And as an excerpt of Mayday’s new song “第二人生” goes (with a rough translation):

         每個靈魂 每個人 每次  劫後餘生 (Every soul/Every person/Every time you survive the disaster or aftermath)
每個心跳 每滴淚 在等  絕處逢生 (Every heartbeat/Every teardrop/waiting/to escape the jaws of death)
如果命運註定你的誕生   如果末日始終沒有發生 (If fate has brought you here/If the end didn’t happen)
不要等到來生  讓此時此刻 能不虛此生 (Don’t wait for the next life/make this moment the most of your life and not make it empty)       期待一趟旅程 精采萬分  你不該再等
別到荒廢青春 用盡體溫  才開始悔恨
(Look forward to a new journey that is very colorful/ You don’t have to wait)
(Don’t waste on your youth and exhaust all the warmth of your body/And then begin to regret)
       期待一種永恆 即使傷痕  也奮不顧身
生命還沒有黃昏 下一站  你的第二人生
(Look forward for a kind of eternity /Even though we get hurt we still bravely face it)
(Life has not reached the dusk/ the Next station is your second life)

I understand though of how God works in our lives, we won’t be able to decipher them at first glance like in a painting where we wonder what are the dots, lines and smudges are for, but when we stand back to see, there’s a much wonderful picture already created. It will take a lot of wisdom and constant prayer to be able to grasp the whole portrait.

Suffering Simplifies Life

The nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge. PSALM 73:28

Trials put our faith to the test.

No matter what its source or intensity, there’s something about suffering that simplifies life and draws us back to the basics. Invariably, especially during a time of intense trial,…I go back to what I really believe. I return to the elementals such as prayer and dependence, like getting quiet and waiting on God. I remind myself, God is sovereign…this is no accident. He has a plan and a purpose. Those thoughts give us hope beyond our trials.

Trials put our faith to the test as well as stretch our confidence in Him. They force us back to the bedrock of faith upon which our foundation rests, and this becomes a refining and necessary process.

 A Listening Heart

Hear, O people, and I will speak. PSALM 50:7

Mark it down, things do now “just happen.” Ours is not a random, whistle-in-the-dark universe. There is a God-arranged plan for this world of ours, which includes a specific plan for you. And through every ordinary day and every extraordinary moment, there is a God who constantly seeks you.

You’re walking through [life] and you suddenly encounter one event among the countless myriad of events that happen every day and every night. All of a sudden, life changes. Something’s different. And never doubt it! The God who loves us and redeemed us uses those moments to advance His purposes.

He doesn’t speak vocally from heaven, shouting down His Word at you. He uses His Book, He uses His people, and He uses events in your life. He says, “Listen to Me… Pay attention, and I will speak to you. Answer My call, and I will use you.”

All that is needed is a hushed spirit and a listening heart.

(Taken from Charles Swindoll’s Wisdom for the Way)

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