Thursday, October 25, 2007

Put a smile on God's face

I got this story from an email from my dad and found it really meaningful and would like to share with you all.


I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around.We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said,

"This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer and are received."I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world. Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them." I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. "This is the Acknowledgment Section," my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed "How is it that there is no work going on here?" I asked."So sad," the angel sighed. "After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments ""How does one acknowledge God's blessings?" I asked. "Simple," the angel answered. Just say, "Thank you, Lord." "What blessings should we acknowledge?" I asked. The angel replied:

"If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. "
"If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy ."
"And if you read this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity."
Also ......" If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive to see this day ."
"If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... you are ahead of 700 million people in the world."
"If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest,torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world "
"If your parents are still alive and still married are very rare .."
"If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair."

Just take a moment to think now. Aren't we truly blessed? Often we take things for granted and expect God to answer all of our prayers. How many times do we actually thank Him once He has answered them? We usually get on with our life and IF we remember we say a short prayer of thanks. Lets make it a habit to thank God not only for the things he has granted us but the fact that we are even alive, Praise and Thanks to our God the maker of the heavens and the earth. Let's put a smile on God's face.

ATTN:Acknowledge Dept.: "Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people to share it with."

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bring the light of each day to the next and leave the darkness behind

pic from left:Alice, Serena, Joan and Mabel
Argh... i didn't realise that i have not posted for nearly 2 weeks.. well thats bad and i apologise.. i gotta make this sort of a habit and keep it going.. anyway.. i have been having a real busy weeks.. preparing for assignments, presentation, research, reading etc. When lectures start, work do pile up. I did my first group presentation on monday for my study skills module and suprisingly it went quite well. There were some positive responds from the class and i think our group has set some sort of standard as we were he first group.. hehe.. It's good to get one out of the way though.. that presentation was like part of our exam so hopefully the lecturer was kind..

I now realise that every single thing my dad said about university was true. READING and RESEARCH. There's just so much reading to do in preparation for class as well as after class. For the first time in my life i'm actually making good use of the library. The libraries here are huge and is updated every year with new books. This is what i call a REAL library not like those we have back home or at least in kluang. For my information and technology module, we have to design a webpage as one of our assignments. We tried it that day in the computer lab and it's just so cool. It's quite time consuming using that html stuff but it was great fun. I'm just wondering how my webpage will look like as i have not real thought about it. Any ideas?

There was also a major development in my self nourishment career here too. A few of us friends of the same course decided to cook together for dinner everyday and i happened to be the only guy among 4 girls. Strangely enough they have generously elected me as chief chef as i continue to develop my hidden talent of cooking.. hehe.. according to certain experts and researches my talent has some funny mechanismes and can only function in this country of England and not back in Malaysia. They said that the heat of Malaysian weather prevents the mechanismes in my body from functioning. Sadly, that means my beloved brothers and sisters in my homeland would not be able to taste my cooking. BUT... there is one way.. Get a plane ticket, fly here and taste the famous cooking of chef isaac!!(silence.... pin drops...) ok never mind..

On Saturday, the 4 girls and i went to central London for some sight seeing. Let me introduce you to this 4 lovely ladies. They are Serena and Mabel from Hong Kong, Joan and Alice from China and of course me. We went to visit Buckingham Palace and witnessed the royal march and band along with thousands of people who were crowding the entire gateway. I just cant bring myself to imagine the amount of people if the Queen was actually there. The crowd was just incredibly massive. We also went to the National Gallery at Trafalgar square. To many, visiting the National Gallery in London is a social and cultural obligation when visiting England. It was real fun as i got to see actual paintings of famous artist like Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Raphael, Michelangelo etc. The oldest painting i saw was dated in the region of 1250 by some italian artist. These were paintings and artist that i have only heard of and seeing them with my own eyes were great. We had to make our way back to campus a little earlier to catch the rugby World Cup final which amazingly the girls with no prior knowledge of the game decided to tag along. As the match went on, i had to be the live commentator for them. All in all, i think they enjoyed the atmosphere at the bar more than anything. Watching at the bar is a total different experience which i really enjoyed. Let's just say that the day would have been perfect had England won.. sigh..

In this world, nothing's perfect. If it's perfect we wouldn't need God anymore. Many a times, we often look at the negatives in everything. The scenario:

Mum: How did exam go today?
Son: I didn't know how to do 5 questions, i tikam them all.

Familiar conversation? Have you said it before? I have.. The son could have said that he knew how to do the other 45 questions. Wouldn't it be more encouraging? We should look at the positives. Look on the bright side, appreciate the things that God has provided for us. We are not failures but victorious in Christ.

"Bring the light of each day to the next and leave the darkness behind." isaac

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Journey begins but am i ready?

Classes have started for the pass one week. Sorry for not posting the pass week. Have been really busy preparing for my presentation on Monday. It certainly has been a really interesting time for me. Having course mates from all parts of the world is cool. My course mates come from countries such as Pakistan, India, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Russia, Albania, Iran, Nigeria, UK, Turkey etc. It's exciting and even though i have only been with them for a week you start to see some enormous contrast in areas like value systems, culture, mindset etc. All the things i use to say about standing up for what i believe has really come to the test. Some lectures which involves a lot discussion sessions are my favourite because i get to know people better and find out what is actually going on in their head. I sort of expect some of the things that come out of their mouth but i have certainly been shocked a couple of times too. This is not to scare anybody about University life ok.. hehe.. It's just that it doesn't help but to make me think sometimes how sheltered we can be. Humbly i would say that i have had more exposure than most people but it's not any easier. Everything that has been taught for 19 years has finally been put to the test. I was confident that my fortress was strong but, is it?

Will it be able to take the wind? maybe yes, anyway it should.

What about the wave? I think it can

What about the coming tsunami? Err...

When I start to see,think and imagine what could happen there's a sudden doubt and fear. What if i fail? What if i fall? God help me..

God will always be willing to help because he is our Father and He loves us.
But am i willing to be helped? Am i doing my part?
That is the question that i am wrestling with at the moment. Will i be ready when faced with extreme adversary?

"Now therefore, listen to me My children. For blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear my instructions and be wise, and not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the post of my doors.For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:32-35

Be faithful with Simple Daily Chores. Obedience is better than sacrifice.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Sheperd always takes care of his sheep

This past few days were great. Ryan came over to the University to stay with me for a couple of days during my orientation week. It was really fun to have a friend from home to be with you. Sometimes without even realising it, it actually helps you settle into a new environment much easier. Then on Friday we left for Ryan's aunt's house in Lewes. Lewes is a small town in the South of London which took us a good 2 hours to get there. Aunty Am(unc.Ven's sister) and Uncle Ian her husband were such lovely people. They certainly stuffed the both of us with such nice home cooked food. We spent the rest of the night watching this stupid but hilarious show caled Monty Python. It really felt like home.

The next day, we had lunch at a really nice restaurant called Bill's which serves one of the most delicious cake i have ever eaten. It's a bit like the chocolate banana cake you get at secret recipe but just imagine 10 times better. haha... mouth watering le... anyway.. the toast of the day was the rugby world cup match England vs Australia. The best thing is that England against all odds BEAT Australia 12-10. yoohoo... to top it up.. Manchester United also demolished Wigan 4-0 that very Saturday afternoon. ah.... What joy and excitement... In the evening we also enjoyed a delightful walk along the country side and witnessed some quite spectacular views.

It was certainly a weekend well spent with friends and 'family'. This was certainly my very last 'vacation' of sorts as classes start on Monday. As i reflect, God has truly been gracious to me for providing such friends. I find it quite incredible with God's timing of things. Of all times, Ryan was able to make the trip to the UK at about the same time as i would be coming. And because of his many relatives here, i am really blessed to have been able to meet them. These are gestures that can never be measured. With no relatives in the UK with the exception of one, i am suddenly somehow acquaited with the Nair family. With unc.Ven and A.Sze's flattering words i have miraculously being invited back to their houses in the near future. All my life i have been brought up in an environment that puts utmost priority in FAMILY. This was one of my greatest fear when not having a 'family' around. Lo and behold, God has provided one in the form of the Nair family where i truly felt at home. One thing I do know is that God has brought me to this country for a purpose-TO MOULD ME into His likeness. As a mother to her child, He leads me with such gentle kindness and doesn't throw me into the deep end all of a sudden. I recently read on Joyce's Blog. LET GO, LET GOD. If we don't let go of our worries and troubles how can we expect God to help us?

I cast all my cares upon You,
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet,
And many times i don't know what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You

This was a song that i heard since i was a child(ask paulus if you want the tune). God has brought me back to the basics once again. God doesn't short change us, but it's often that we do not trust Him enough.

"Lord, i would like to thank You once again for giving me this opportunity to be here. Thank You for providing for my needs when i sometimes fail to even realise. Thank You for being there for me always. I pray that I will continue to learn the Art of letting go and letting You. Thank You Lord. I Love You my Father. Amen."

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Tour of London

Had a great weekend with Herman in London last week. On Saturday he brought me on a tour of London. We went to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Downing Street(prime minister's office), Covent Garden, Chinatown, St.Paul's cathedral, Westminster Abbey(the Church)top, Big Ben(the clock) and some other places too. It was a great fun just walking in London. These are places that i have heard of since i was young. Some places like Leicester Square, i first heard about it while playing monopoly(winks at wei ling).. haha... So i really had so much fun just walking around. Thank God for the good weather, a nice sunny day. Central London was also swarming with people. Because it was such a nice day everybody was just taking a walk in the streets. We also went to Regent Street which is like the Orchard Road of London. Shopping shopping shopping everywhere. Im sure people like Kar mun and Joyce would absolutely love Regent Street. haha.... The pick of the day for me was actually at Covent Garden. It's quite a popular touristy place where you can enjoy some old buildings and a nice cup of coffee. The wonderful thing there was the Street Performances. People just put up a performance to entertain people who visit that place and they do not get paid. Performing on the streets is their livelihood and they survive on people's contribution after each show. I utterly enjoyed the performance. The great thing is that people here are also very sporting and responsive. They actually answer questions and support the performer. In all my experiences in MC-ing believe me, us Malaysians are just so hard get going even in Youth camps. Anyway, we Malaysians really have a thing or two to learn from the English especially in the area of politeness. Shame on us... haha... Thats it for now.. more to come when i get back to campus tomoro.. see ya... top:London eye