Just Sing!

Meditating on Psalm 124.

“If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,”
Let Israel now say—
2 “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
When men rose up against us,
3 Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us. (Ps. 124:1-3)

I am now reading Deuteronomy and walking through Israel’s journeyings once again as prophet Moses reviews their 40-year expedition in the wilderness. The people of God had gone through a lot:  seen the many miracles and mighty deeds of the Lord, experienced His goodness and faithful providence, witnessed His wrath and received His mercies and deliverances.

God was in all their journeyings even though they often wearied Him of their incessant murmurings. I marvel at the Lord’s patience and unrelenting faithfulness to His people to see them through no matter what.

And this God has not changed through the ages. Or is He ever going to change. He is still faithful and wonderful even in the little things. Though they are not of the magnitude of parting the Red Sea or making water gush out of the rock, His miracles can still be witnessed and received as long as we keep our eyes and hearts open to them.

I share with you this testimony; I pray it will bless you as it did me.

Bro. Joseph is one of the younger members of the Jesus Finest Generation Choir but that’s not an obstacle to his being often sent to the outreach stations of our Church in the far provinces to teach the choir there. He helps prepare for church anniversaries, crusades, and Bible Studies.

The night before his trip to Singapore (his very first foreign trip) to assist in the preparation of the outreach’s first anniversary, he posted an update on Facebook thanking the Lord for the opportunity. But the next day, his update was a sad story: he was not allowed to travel to Singapore and was sent home. He was stopped at Immigration due to lack of other supporting documents. His reason for travel was – he was invited by Church brethren to teach the choir in Singapore Outreach. That’s what his papers said. But it was not enough. Bro. Joseph was dejected. (I could almost feel his heartbreak).

The same day, he started to fast. About 2 weeks later, he was sent by the Church management to try again. The church anniversary was only a day away.

When the immigration officer saw him, he said, “You again? I told you you can’t go to Singapore. You lack supporting papers.” Bro. Joseph tried to explain again that he’s a choir member and his reason for traveling to Singapore is to teach the choir. The officer found Bro. Joseph’s application and when he looked at it to prove his point, he was surprised and couldn’t believe what he saw.

“This wasn’t here before. Why didn’t you tell me that your application was annotated?” Bro. Joseph was dumbfounded; he didn’t know what the officer was talking about. It turned out that another officer stamped on his application: “Allow this person to go to Singapore.” Who would have written it? The officer was just too baffled to argue.

Shaking his head in confusion and acquiescence, the officer asked, “Are you really a choir member? Will you sing?” To which Bro. Joseph gladly, albeit shyly, yielded.

You were there all along just like a song
Somewhere in the back of my mind
There all along leading me on
Now my eyes can see You standing there
Waiting to set me free.*
 

Hallelujah! I’m still touched writing these lines.

The officer told him, “Alright. You may go to Singapore.”

When Bro. Joseph testified this in the pulpit after he arrived from Singapore, he couldn’t stop the tears. As he spoke and wiped his tears, I could almost feel what he was feeling. He probably felt so sorry for himself to go through that. If it had not been the Lord who was on [my] side… He was probably thinkingIf it had not been the Lord who was gracious and faithful to him, he wouldn’t have been victorious. After his testimony, he sang to the Lord, crying in gratitude.

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. (v. 8)

(*Chorus of the song Bro. Joseph sang to the immigration officer; Photo courtesy of cousin Bill Raras).

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Comments

  1. Fabulous story!
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays,
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

  2. What a beautiful story, Rina – God is always, always so very good!

    Thank you for linking up at #HearItUseIt – I am so grateful for your participation there! Christmas blessings, friend.

  3. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing story at “Tell me a Story.” I love your well chosen scriptures too. You are blessing many with your writing, even though you are housebound and your life is quiet and still in body.

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