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Once, while working on the farm during my medical missionary training at Elim Lands, Nigeria, I was illuminated by a pattern with which God works with man; man being the crop and God being the farmer. There are different kinds of crops, for example, cash crops, fruit crops, vegetables, legumes, and tubers. For each one, there is a time of waiting. During this time of waiting, the farmer tends the crops in expectation of a bountiful harvest and those crops which take the longest time to bear are the ones that prove the greatest worth. We must learn to wait upon the Lord for we know not what kind of crop we are in His perfect hands.

 

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Once, while clearing the front of the residential house during my medical missionary training at Elim Lands, Nigeria, I moved some tree branch away from my path into a clear space. Not too long after, my director, Vojtech Ligenza, who had found some clothes littering the surroundings which were left behind by the hired workers, came to the tree branch and hung the clothes neatly on them. Though he was not there when I moved the tree branch and though he did not ask how the tree branch got there, he found it useful. This same applies to the gospel work and it cannot be truer that whatsoever genuine effort we put in for the furtherance of the gospel of Christ may prove especially useful and timely for some soul somewhere who needs something to hang upon.

 

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It is often said by those who have come to Christ from a life of ungodliness and dead works that it had been made possible by the grace of God only. Truly, it is the grace of God that brings repentance from dead works and leads to the conversion of the soul. Yet, one thing that is common to those who have been led to learn of Jesus is a pervading sense of humility for they are of a contrite and teachable spirit; a sacrifice the God cannot despise. No wonder God’s grace is made exceedingly available to them for “God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5; James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34).

 

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In the third month of my stay at Elim Lands, Nigeria, where I was undergoing a medical missionary training, I listened from the classroom as a worker pumped the tyre of the wheelbarrow which was used for farming and construction purposes. As I listened, I remembered that some few days earlier, while transferring cement bags to the store with a hired worker, the wheelbarrow failed to move easily because the hired worker had pumped it in excess. I decided to wait and see if this worker will do the same and encounter the same challenge. Later, I heard him working with the wheelbarrow and I knew from the sound of the wheelbarrow that he was facing the same challenge we faced and was expending more energy than required for his task. Soon, I appeared from the classroom to inform him about the reason for his ordeal. He was so glad and he quickly went about diminishing the gas from the tyre, with expressions of gratitude. I began to imagine what his reaction would have been had I appeared earlier to advise him against pumping the tyre of the wheelbarrow overly. Though he may have listened and taken my advice, he would almost certainly have continued to imagine the likelihood of having a better experience with the wheelbarrow had he pumped just a little more. Often, when God stays in our way, this is how we distrust him, forgetting that he has seen something that we cannot see. As a good teacher, He would then allow us to have our way so that we can learn to appreciate His goodness when we fall victim of our own desires.

 

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With every passing day, I am made to have stronger convictions that there is a God who is willing to save man to the uttermost. The problem is that we men are always very reluctant to let Christ do His work in us.

 

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I narrowly escaped a fire disaster in the third month of my stay at Elim Lands, Nigeria, where I was receiving training as a medical missionary. I was the one on cooking duty on the afternoon of the incident and in the middle of cooking, I had planned to heat the palm oil a bit, but then, I had unwittingly left it to overheat as I became engrossed in other aspects of cooking. When I realised my folly, I rushed to the fireplace with the mixture in my hand that I had intended to pour into the palm oil. Ignoring the still small voice that said to me to bring the pot down from the fire first, I poured the content into the overheated palm oil and up rose a great fire which was intensified by the wind and followed me a great distance as I tried to escape from it. At the instant the fire rose, it burnt very little of my beards, my fingers, and very little of the hair on my left hand. The burns were not at all fatal and I only had to treat my aching fingers which subsided after a day. This was all I had to deal with though I had thought I was burning at the instant the fire rose to my height and came after me fiercely. Indeed, God’s angel stepped in to protect me from the fire. God has His angels around us who protect us from many dangers that Satan brings our way, many of which we are not even aware of.

 

***”Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).***

Friend, what were your Bible reflections this month? Kindly leave them in the comment section below.

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