After I accepted Christ, the greatest change that I experienced in my life was the change of character and temperament. God allowed many things to happen in my life to mould and shape me into who I am today. Looking back at my journey thus far, I am indeed thankful for God’s love and help all these years.
Take for instance, in the past two years, God has allowed me to experience some health issues. It was during this period as I earnestly sought God’s presence and help, that I witnessed God’s mighty power and amazing plan in action, and experienced His love and grace.
When I reached one of the lowest points in my life where I could not even pray, God sent a quiet and fearless sister-in-Christ, Cindy, to come to my house to pray for me. Through the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Cindy did something that was totally out of her own character, by coming to my house to pray with me. God used her to encourage me and to build me up. Both of us experienced God’s amazing grace and we were both encouraged by this experience.
Many other things happened in these two years. While I was managing my own health issues, my father had a mild stroke which required constant medical care and frequent visits to the hospital. My mother, who was my father’s main caregiver, had a stroke two months after my father was discharged from hospital. Our family was at a loss when my mother fell ill.
Taking care of my mother and caring for her personal hygiene was a humbling experience which I never thought I would be able to do. It was God who helped me to overcome my personal discomfort to care for my mother. With my husband and children stepping in to help me with the household chores, I was able to focus on caring for my mother without any worries.
After my mother was discharged from hospital, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. With all these things happening to my family one after another, I found myself questioning why God allowed all these things to happen.
Once again, I reached a low point in my spiritual life. During this time, I received a lot of support from the brothers and sisters in Christ. They prayed for me, showed care and concern for me. It was through them that I once again experienced God’s love and presence.
My sister-in-law also came to experience our true and living God – His goodness, power, love and grace. After a few visits to our church and prayer by some of the sisters in Christ, my sister-in-law accepted Jesus as her personal savior. All glory and thanks be to God.
In His perfect timing, and with the prayer support from the sisters in the cell group, our pre-believing family members can receive salvation. May God continue to send God-fearing brothers and sisters to help my family grow spiritually and lead those who have yet to know Him into a personal relationship with Him.
By Yvonne Tan