An extract from Isaiah 7:1-9:
IN THE DAYS OF AHAZ, king of Judah, son of Jotham, son of Uzziah,
Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, king of Israel, son of Remaliah,
went up to attack Jerusalem, but they were not able to conquer it.
When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim,
the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled,
as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.
Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub,
at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller's field,
and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear;
let not your courage fail before these two stumps of smoldering brands..."
Thus says the LORD: "This shall not stand, it shall not be!
Damascus is the capital of Aram, and Rezin is the head of Damascus;
Samaria is the capital of Ephraim, and Remaliah's son the head of Samaria.
But within sixty years and five, Ephraim shall be crushed, no longer a nation.
Unless your faith is firm, you shall not be firm!"
READING ISAIAH 7:1-9 just now reminded me of the story where Jesus calmed a storm in the sea (Matthew 8: 23-28). What a powerful passage! Yet i've not noticed it before.
Yesterday morning, it was time to make payment for my niece's tuition. But my wallet was close to empty. So, i walked out to a nearby food centre to draw money from the ATM. But the ATM was "temporarily out of service". Had no choice but to walk home empty-handed. Looks like i'd need to take a but to Clementi...
Yet serendipity of serendipities! My neighbour, friend and ex-colleague decided to return me some money that very morning before our weekly swim. The amount was just enough to pay for the last month's tuition. ;-)
While this is a really small matter, i was reminded of yet another exhortation in one of my favorite prayer books, "God Calling":
"Peace, be still
"Rejoice, rejoice. I have much to teach you both. Think not that I withhold My Presence when I do not reveal more of My Truth to you.
"You are passing through a storm. Enough that I am with you to say "Peace, be still" to quiet both winds and waves.
"It was on the quiet mountain slopes that I taught My disciples the Truths of My Kingdom, not during the storm. So with you, the time of mountain slopes will come, and you will rest with Me and learn."