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Experiencing the Heart of the Heavenly Father, part 1

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”  (James 1:2, NLT)

This is what the Bible says that we ought to do when we are faced with troubles and temptations.  But how often do we follow its counsel?  Often times I considered those moments as opportunities for great sorrow and sadness - until the Lord taught me how to change my perspective. 

Praise the Lord that He teaches and enlightens us with many of His instruments!  Our children are one of the most powerful tools He likes to use.  Genesis 5:22 says that Enoch learned to walk with God “after” he had his son, Methuselah.  I can say the same about my spiritual walk with God. 

April 25, 2006, My son, Enoch, was born in Toronto, Canada. He was such a precious gift from above – a very surprising gift.  My wife, Emily, and I were expecting to welcome our son in early June.  However, my son seemed too excited about meeting his parents.  He was born 6 weeks early.  Although we were delighted to have him, we had to face much heartache due to his medical complications.  His lungs were still full of fluid, because they were not fully developed.  His fragile under-weight body was not yet ready to maintain his own temperature and heart beat.  To make it worse, he developed jaundice. 

Even though his comfortable bed and many colorful toys were waiting for him, Enoch was not allowed to go home for three weeks, until his conditions improved.  My wife and I had to witness many painful procedures done to our son.  Every morning, a nurse came by and poked his innocent tiny feet with a huge needle to take his blood sample.  Then he was taken in for phototherapy sessions for his jaundice treatment.  When his feet were poked, my heart was poked also.  When the phototherapy blinded his eyes, it blinded his father’s heart also.  Enoch screamed and cried out.  Even though he could not verbalize it, I was able to hear the message in his cries.  “Where are you, mommy? Daddy? It is so painful.  Please save me and get me out of here!!!” 

This is often our cry in our spiritual journey.

But praise the Lord that it does not end there.  The reason why the Bible tells us to rejoice when we meet troubles and temptations is because God has a bigger picture in His mastermind.  Romans 5:3-5 shares with us that “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”  

Those three weeks were painful for Enoch, but it was also those three weeks that brought restoration and recovery.

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Pastor Philip Lee is married to his beautiful wife, Emily, and is a father to two loving children, Enoch (5) & Chloe (3).

 


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