=717= Word: Beyond My Power

β€œIt is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. β€œBut God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
Genesis 41:16 NLT

I love this verse. When brought before pharaoh and when the pharaoh asked Joseph if he could interpret dreams, Joseph could have easily answered yes. He could simply say, “yeah, I interpreted two dreams before and it came true! I can try to interpret yours!”

Instead, Joseph came before pharaoh with such humility and gave God the credit. Of course he isn’t putting himself down. He isn’t saying that he has no power of his own. Surely he can do things a human being can, but interpreting dreams is beyond what a human being can do. With this, he not only gave God credit, he gave God control; with this he relied on God’s power not his own.

What a vast difference from the guy that told his brothers his dream that they will bow down to him.

You will read on and see that Joseph did not nominate himself to be governor. All he did was give advice for an intelligent and wise person to govern Egypt. If a prisoner that was just called up to interpret one dream, no way would he expect to be in that role to govern the whole land.

The whole seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. Then having the people give one fifth of their crops for the whole seven years must have been painful for the people of Egypt. Think of all the complaints from the people. I doubt all of them know about the king’s dream. If they don’t know about the dream, wouldn’t they be bitter towards the king? Perhaps the seven years of prosperity was really that great that it wasn’t that bad, but surely there will be disagreements to the decree.

I wonder how many people got unhappy and left the country? I wonder how many people got angry with the king?

When you read further, you will see more about how people practically gave everything they had in return for food to keep the them alive. I wonder how many people got bitter with the officials? I wonder how many refused to give up their cattle? I wonder how many refused to give up their land?

To those that gave up everything to survive, they were so thankful to pharaoh for saving their lives that they were volunteering to become pharaoh servants.

In a sense, I see a parrallel to salvation. Indeed God has set out to save us. However, the price isn’t cheap. Of course Jesus paid the price, but learning to become more like Him isn’t easy at all. To be more like Christ requires us to give up things that we seemingly need. Perhaps giving up bad habits that are part of your identity. Giving up certain addictions. After giving it up to be more like Christ, we realise what is truly important, our salvation.

When we find that we get to keep our lives and that the rest of the seemingly important things does not seem as important as before, we praise God for His faithfulness.

Indeed Lord, it is beyond my power to do so!


=716= Word: The Moment

“When was the moment you knew that you cannot trust that person?”

“When was the moment you knew you like her?”

“When was the moment you decided to do this job?”

It just seems that in our culture, we celebrate the exact moment when certain things happen. If you asked me when was the moment I decided to play drums, I would always say my mum asked me to learn something during the holidays and I chose drums.

Perhaps moments like this changes our lives drastically. When put to choose between two options and you choose one. Why did I choose my course in poly? I was struggling between two courses. Product design or Audio Visual Technology, I sat down and talked to my mum and she broke down the options for me. The thing was that product design clearly had more plus points, but I decided to go for AVT instead, simply because I wanted to learn more.

Other moments aren’t so definitive. When did you two become good friends? Honestly, when it comes to friendships, I really don’t know how it would get stronger. My good friends just got closer due to several incidents. There was never a definite moment. Perhaps there was a moment or an incident that helped bring people together, but I am sure it isn’t just because of that moment. If it was only because of one moment, man, you will probably go down deep VERY fast.

Why do we want to know when exactly certain things happen? Are we all looking for a very special story? What if the special story is just a mundane thing?

When did you meet?

Oh, we met in class/army/tekong.

Oh, we were in class and he was the best student for math, I needed help with math so I went up to him for help!

Oh we were cleaning toilets in tekong together then I heard him singing RHCP, then we just sang together without knowing each other.

Perhaps even the mundane moment can become significant when held with sentiment. An ordinary pen won’t be ordinary to you if given by someone special.

Perhaps we look back to these moments and we miss the experience we had. It isn’t a bad thing. We just love what these moments mean to us.

Perhaps there was never a single point or a milestone for certain things. Maybe if someone asks you, when did you decide to pursue music. Maybe you will scramble to find an answer. Perhaps there were too many moments. I guess when those time come, we just have to stand firm and share as many as we can and have the other party try and figure it out. I mean, why must we do all the legwork? AHAHA

If life is meant for the moments, God has given me plenty already and I give thanks. Praise you Lord, for my moments are all blessed by you.


=714= Word: Warm Again

It is a wonder, how do friendships get warm again?

Recently, a friendship that has gone cold warmed back up again. I really wonder how did that happen? I mean, was it because of a common interest? Or did something change?

Is it timing? Is it the right words? Is it sentiment?

Nevertheless, whatever it is, I am thankful, I am so thankful for your presence back in my life again friend. So nice to be able to chat with you once again. It has been too long! πŸ™‚


=713= Word: Murphy’s Law Duty

-sigh- I just did my worse duty ever in my span of PG duties. It is a amazing how things can all go wrong on the same day.

All in one day:

  1. Number to the oc was down
  2. Got into an argument with my batch mate because of his manners and not my rank
  3. Noisy people came by the guardroom
  4. My No1 was stepped on.
  5. My guys came back late
  6. Went to the pick up point and the bus came late
  7. As the number was down I had to do some other things, thank God WHQ was there.
  8. Got called by ps and pc to tell me that we took the wrong bus.
  9. Late for dinner.


Nevertheless, I still need to thank God for some things:

  1. Duty is still done properly
  2. Guardroom is clean
  3. I know how to handle certain issues without asking for help
  4. I think the way I handled things with the other platoon was good
  5. WHQ was there!
  6. I had a car ride home
  7. My family was willing to hear my rant and complain
  8. I am at peace now.

Praise you Lord. You keep my feet grounded. You keep me humble. You keep me a servant. Help me to continue to love unconditionally. Help me to not be discouraged. Help me to praise you more and more each day!

You are amazing Lord. Thank you for being in my life that I still have things to give thanks for today!


=712= Word: Clean Up Your Own Mess

Is it really THAT difficult?

If you made a mess, you clean it up is it really THAT tough?

It is really disappointing that my own batch is like that.

Making a mess, then did a half assed job of cleaning the table. It wasn’t as though I did not help at all man. Seriously.

Then when I confront you, you have the gall to tell me that what you spilled was just water not soya bean. Seriously, if I spilled water all over your bed, will you ignore the water and just sleep on it? Or will you clean it up? If I spilled water in your locker, will you not wipe it until it is dry? Seriously, how hard is it for you to wipe the mess you made?

I wonder was it because you were spoiled. I wonder was it because there was always someone cleaning up after you? Horrible. I hope that you will grow up and learn to be sensible.

There is no need to be super clean, but the least you can do is to clean up after yourself.