On the 21st was my Aunt’s wedding. It was a small, low-key event. But, it was fun to see everyone from my Mom’s side all gathered together. The wedding was outdoors in a temple. It was EXTREMELY hot. The weather in Faridabad/Delhi has suddenly changed so much. It feels hotter here than it was in Chennai. People are saying that this year the winter and cold weather have left sooner than usual. Mom has packed away all of our winter clothes, because it seems doubtful that we will need them again until November.
The 22nd was the most busy of the past four days. In the morning, a friend of mine, Sunny, came over for prayer. We have been talking and praying over the phone for the past few days. He had seen the Lord do miracles in His life in the past and now he wanted the Holy Spirit. As we prayed Sunny began to speak in tongues.
As soon as Sunny left, a young woman who has been coming off and on to church, Dharna called. She wanted prayer for a job that she had applied and been interviewed for. It is her dream job. We prayed that she would get the job.
Then, another friend came over. She wanted to share an amazing praise report. We had met her back in September. She had been coming over with a relative who needed prayer. She hadn’t really been interested in knowing Jesus at the time, but as the months progressed, she began to see the Lord work and her interest in Him grew. In January/late December she developed a burning desire to know more about Jesus. She started reading the Bible and coming over for prayer regularly. I think she was partly inspired by a situation in her life that she wanted Jesus to resolve. She wanted to marry a particular young man. Although the guy and girl are from different religions, the parents were agreeable to the match. However, the guy’s side said that they would only go forward if the astrological predictions (Kundli) for the match were favorable. However, the astrological predictions showed that if the guy and girl got married, the guy would die. So, the guy’s side backed off. However, the girl continued to trust in the Lord. She said, “I know He is in control and whatever He does will be for my best.” She continued to come to our home for prayer even after her prayer request was not answered. Two days after we left for Chennai, a miracle happened. The guys side sent a mutual friend to the girl’s home to tell them that the guys side really like the girl and despite any astrological predictions, they wanted to go forward with the match!
After this friend left, Dharna called with a praise report. The Lord had been faithful and she had gotten the job we prayed about. She was to start the next day! She had been praying about this job for months…and the Lord was faithful to give her the desires of her heart.
Next, Sonu and Kulbushan came over for tuition. There is so much the kids need to review before their exams that we have decided to have extra sessions on Thursday and Saturday.
After the tutoring session was over, we had our ninth miracle meeting (we have changed the day to Wednesdays). Because of the demolition of the slum area, we had a very low turn-out. Only five children attended: Nahim, Sarika, Mahima, Sonu, Kulbushan. We discussed the miracle of Jesus walking on water.
In Matthew 14:22-33 the Bible states:
22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
We discussed a few of the lessons we learn from reading this miracle: (1) Nothing is impossible with God (He defied the laws of nature and walked on water); (2) We need to keep our eyes focused on Him and not on our circumstances (Peter was able to walk on the water until he looked around and “saw the wind was boisterous”); (3) All we need to do is call on His name and He will save us (Peter said the simple prayer, “Lord, save me!” and Jesus saved Him); (4) After the Lord does the miracle, we should recognize and thank Him for what He has done (The disciples worshiped Him).
Today, again, was a relaxing day. The highlight of the day was when Sonu, Kulbushan and Gyanu came over for tuition. Aside from that we prayed over the phone with Mr. Gupta’s mother-in-law, the lady who had come over on Sunday with arthritis. We also prayed with a neighbor who unexpectedly dropped by.
Scripture for the Day:
35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. Matthew 14:35-36.