You did not choose me. I chose you and sent you out to produce fruit, the kind of fruit that will last. Then my Father will give you whatever you ask for in my name. — John 15:16 (CEV)

We come from a land where every aspect of your whole being is under constant control and watch. Your appearance is under control. Your soul is under control. You are told what to wear, how to think and what not to do even in the privacy of your own home. We come from a place that you cannot trust your neighbour even with the songs you listen or the books you read. You are just allowed to watch, read, think and believe in what you have been told and in the way you have been dictated. In where we come from, sadness, fear and uncertainty are part of day to day life.  Looking back to our life and the journey we had travelled since the day we were born, we just wonder how God rescues his children in amazing ways; even those who don’t know him or forget about him. He never forgets and never forsakes us. No one is cast away under the Kingdom of God and there is chance for everyone; every one of us.

God took our hands when we were having the hardest time of our lives. When we were struggling so hard to overcome problems such as illness, loneliness, unemployment and financial issues He lead us through His path and rescued us through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus brought us freedom, love, joy and the peace we were so desperately in search of.

And this is the story of our life:

My soul still remembers  and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind,  therefore I have hope.

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,  Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;  Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,  “Therefore I hope in Him!”

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,  to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly  for the salvation of the LORD…

For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief,  Yet He will show compassion  According to the multitude of His mercies.

(Lamentations 3:20-33)

And this was His promise to us:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:28-39).

The Bible is full of God promises. Reading them gives us strength. We’re not afraid of anything anymore. It seems like everything is falling into place and we’re not worried about anything anymore.

Lamentations 3:20-33 and Romans 8:28-39 contain some of the key concepts that changed our lives, helped us through our darkest moments and made being a Christian so wonderful. We deeply believe in every single verse of these passages. They talk about our story and journey to faith and in faith. What is started in Lamentations 3:20-33 is completed in Romans 8:28-39. Life may not be always as we plan or we want, but what else do we need in life except the unfailing love of God? All the hardship in life, sadness and worries seems so meaningless and small when you believe that the great love of the Lord is always with the ones who put their trust and hope in him and accept his will since no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love”. In fact, all life challenges should be accepted with open arms because they are just ways to make us more close to God. The unfailing love of God is so great that he talks to us and shows us his signs every single moment. We just need to start searching for the signs and every now and then pause to listen to his voice talking to us. And how easy is to see these signs. We just need to look around. Knowing that the Lord had chosen us and called us to show us his grace and unconditional love is the biggest gift someone can ever have. The Lord knew about all our needs and heard our deepest prayers. Even the ones we were not aware of. We feel that the Lord had predestined us and called us for his purpose. That is why despite all the dangers and hardships we may face after on, we are not afraid. The Lord has given us the courage and he will be with us as he says: those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified”. In fact, you reach a point that the Lord’s Love and grace has filled your heart so much that you just need to shout out this joy and happiness to the whole world so that everyone else can also feel it and share it with you. You like to tell everyone that the fulfilment they’ve been looking for in all the wrong places is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Roxanna

07/10/2012