Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Great Expectations
Written by Chan Phaik Yew   

The date 5th September 2009 was very significant. That was the day when a church member gave birth to a baby girl, another got married and yet another, though not a member but our regular church attendant was buried.

For each of these events there were great expectations.

seasonsA young mother holding a new born baby in her arms is full of hope and dreams for the little life brought forth into this world…great expectations. Every mother would want a perfect child- a high achiever who will be the pride of her life. Yet for some it is not to be. Has God made a mistake?…The answer is in Psalm 139:13-15 .” For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb…Thou knowest me well; my frame was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.” It is God who chooses us to be parents of the life brought forth. He gives us the responsibility to raise the child to walk in the fear of God despite whatever shortcomings that we may face. What really matters is not the success and the achievements in the eyes of the world but the character formation of the child to whom God entrusts us. This child’s destiny in eternity is partly shaped by the growing years under the guidance of his parents. Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Prov 22:6

.. Marriage is the bringing together of 2 lives from different backgrounds and of different personalities. Beginning life together with someone you love is so exciting and so full of great expectations. Wedding is always a great event but it is the “ever after” that will take its toll. Accepting each other’s quirks and making decisions together in times of crisis are not easy. Those of us who are married will testify that only in God’s presence and by His grace can we ride the storms together as husband and wife and to come out stronger. A marriage built on the very foundations written in the bible will stand the test of time. The Lord is my rock and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,.. Psalm 18:2 . Marriage involves a dynamic relationship and it consists of different phases – only two, then the children and finally the empty nest. Each phase has its own great expectations. Because marriage is a dynamic relationship to which we are committed, we can make a conscious effort to enhance it so that like wine it grows better with age.

...A funeral involves a performance of rites to signify an end of one’s life on earth BUT a beginning into the journey of the unknown…. the journey where no one has ever come back to tell the tales of his sojourn. As God’s children we have great expectations of this journey because God has promised us that ..” they (God’s children) will be his people and God himself will be with them and He will be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away. It will be a place where the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light and the lamb is its lamp. Rev 21:3 & 4, 23. And to think that this is for eternity…

I am reminded of what the psalmist says As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. Psalm 103 ;15. Life is so temporal and it is eternity that really counts. I would like to live the rest of my days such that at the end I will be able to face my Lord and saviour with great expectations of being in the presence of our God forever.

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