Lately, while I am staying in this foreign land, I suddenly got myself bombarded with many issues of life, and practical things that never come to my mind that I must worry about it at all…

Then I started to go before God and pleaded with him… saying.. I decided to leave my home and my country, because I felt that God has a special reason for me to leave… Suddenly I find myself trapped in all sorts of funny logistics problem, and I also find myself unable to fullfill what God wanted me to do..

I never said that it was God’s fault, but I am concern if I am not treading on the right path that God intended me to follow… So in my prayers, I asked God.. “O Lord, please show me the way to go, if the path I have taken isnt what you want me to, please let me know… as I am so afriad that I will end up losing both my oringinal purpose, and not fulfilling your will… Please just give me an indication of your will…. please Lord”

That morning, before I left for work, I was singing hymns to myself .. and I just suddenly flip to Hymn 96, which is amazing grace… Usually I would sing that in Chinese, but I just started to use my english hymn book that morning…. and Gods answer seems to be there… It was written on the 3rd and 4th stanza of the hymn… God is telling me

God has protected me through many dangers, toils and snares.. and this grace that brought me safe thus far… it will bring me safely home too… (As I was singing that, I recalled the many things that happened in my life, and how God had protected me, although I have lost my faith and stopped praying to him)

God has promised good to me, and in his word I must secure my hope… He will be my shield and portion … as long as life endures..

Suddenly, as I was singing that, I started to tear slightly, and I thank God for his indication…

Hence, I would like to share this hymn with all of you… This is written by John Newton… Intiailly he wasnt close to God, his youth is filled with religious confusion and a lack of moral self control and discipline. He joined the royal navy and he became a slave trader.. On his slave voyage, once there was a storm, and moments after he left the deck, the crewman who took over him was swept overboard. He started to realise his helplessness, and only the grace of God can save him. That was the begining of his journey of faith. He wrote this hymn base on 1 Chron 17:16-17 in the prayer of King David… This hymns is also remembered by both fractions in the American Civil war.

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

I found an interesting tune of this in youtube. This is sang in the Cherokee language
Lets hear it together