I have been on a blogging slumber since 2016 of November.A lot of things happened to me starting from moving from Doha to Vancouver,getting my job as QA Analyst, getting pregnant, DS scare in the first three months of pregnancy, moving to a new house called home,Preclamtic on the 8th month of pregnancy, emergency c-section and gave birth with a baby boy at 35 weeks 5 days,hematoma in the c-section and weight gain issue of my premie boy. All these happened for a reason because that was the season of testing of my faith in God and again God proved how great He is in our life.
To be honest, my life last year is like Jonah’s story. Jonah was asked by God to serve and preach but instead of following God’s direction he went the other way around,a storm came in while he was traveling and later on Jonah asked the people in the boat to throw him in the sea and the storm stopped. Jonah was then swallowed by the whale and stayed there for three nights. He prayed to God and the whale spit him up in the seaside.
This story is also available in kids bible story in you tube, I played this story several times while my little boy Jared is still in my tummy. He will move when ever I played this story. I even told Jared to be obedient to God because a whale might eat him. Fast forward to January 14,2018, Jared and I attended a service in New Hope Christian Church and the topic is about Jonah. All along I thought the story was for my son, then the holy spirit yesterday prompted me that this story is for me since I was in slumber and I’ve been in church hopping since last year.When I attended the church service yesterday with Jared, I felt the holy spirit guided us to the church that God will nourish me and plant me to spread his good news the gospel.
Now back to the preaching, just like Jonah, I was in slumber in my christian faith. I know I believe in God but a whale ate up my existence as a christian. This whale represents the circumstances of my life:
- getting a job
- getting pregnant
- being a mom and wife
This was the whale that ate up my christian walk in 2017. Like Jonah, it took me while to pray for this whale to spit me up. I literally enjoyed being caught up by this whale. Until I joined the 5 days prayer and fasting of Every Nation for 2018. It is also thru the 5 days prayer and fasting for Every Nation that I was able to gain the momentum to reconnect with God and nurture and rekindle our relationship. It was like a sweet second chance, when I am doing the devotions everyday, God thru his words in the bible reminded me that I am loved by Him and I am welcomed back to return to Him.
When God gave me a job in 2017, it was favor from Him so I learned that this should not eat up my christian life but instead I need to be thankful for this job and be a good steward of it. When I prayed for a child, God heard my prayer and granted it.Now being a mom and wife should not be a reason for me not to serve him and worship Him. I did passed all the testings in my pregnancy from Down Syndrome scare, to preclamsia, to csection hematoma and weight gain of my little one, no a big jared now it’s all because God promised me before I landed here in Canada this verses:
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”- Genesis 28:15
All these struggles that made me a slumber thought me that God was always there with me, He provided me people to take care of me which includes my husband and his family here and our extended friends. He also provided finances for me to be able to pay for expenses here and of course to offer and do our tithes. Most of the struggles and battles I went through, I literally didn’t went alone but God was with me and He reminded me this verse:
He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.-2 Chronicles 20:15
Lastly, Jonah’s prayer reminded me that I was eaten and cling unto worthless idol of the world and I am thankful that God heard my prayer and now I was drawn out of the worthless idol that tarnished our relationship. Let me leave me you with these verse from Jonah as an inspiration to all:
7 “When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.
8 “Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Lets us claim this verse for our slumber to reawakening of our walk with our christian life.