Footprints in the sand of Melbourne

Footprints in the sand

When I took this picture along the beach of Melbourne, I immediately thought of the wonderful poem, Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson. Thus when I got back home to my computer, I inserted the poem into the photo using photoshop.

How often in our most trying time we think that we are all on our own with no one to help us. We think that nobody could understand our plight or offer any form of relief. But God is always there for us, watching our every footstep and carrying us along. Sometimes we stray into the wrong path and injure ourselves, but his sustaining hand is always there to nudge us back to the straight and narrow way again.

Hebrews 13:5-6, “… and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

For the beauty of the earth: Melbourne

Another compilation of my favourite scenic shots taken in Melbourne. Truly God’s creations are so wonderful. Hymns used in this video are For the beauty of the Earth and This is my Father’s world. Just sit back and enjoy!

The most emotional baptism I’ve ever witnessed

My heart was filled with great excitement and anticipation as I stepped into Berean Bible-Presbyterian Church to attend the service which Ah Gong (Reverend Tan Kian Sing’s father) will be baptized. Just last Sunday, Ah Gong made a decision to accept Christ as his Saviour. This came as a surprise to all of us as he had been rejecting Christ for the past few decades and there was no indication to show that he was even close to believing.

I remembered the account of how the Tan family rejoiced and wept tears of joy at the news of his acceptance, and I cannot help but share the same happiness and thanksgiving that they felt to the Lord. The entire family had been praying for the salvation of their beloved grandpa for many years, and although Ah Gong has been attending church every Sunday, he had stubbornly rejected Christ time after time.

I can imagine the agony and helplessness they must have felt as he hardened his heart to the gospel call, but I believe that God has granted them His peace during this time and has showed that salvation comes not by the efforts of men, but solely by Him. All these years of waiting have complied them to pray more earnestly and to put their trust in the Lord.

All these thoughts filled my mind as I sat in church and drops of tears trickled down my face as I gave thanks for how gracious the Lord has been. The message from Rev Tan reminded me of the salvation that God has so unconditionally given to me; when He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins.

As Ah Gong slowly made his way towards the pulpit, many started taking out their cameras to record this precious moment that they had waited for so long. He declared his acceptance of the faith and knelt on his weakened knees in preparation for the baptism. It was quite an amazing sight to see the son (Rev Tan) laying his hand on the head of his father (Ah Gong) to conduct the baptism. When Rev Tan was done with the baptism, he helped his father to stand up, hugged him and cried.

Rev Tan seldom shows any emotions — at least in my opinion. Therefore, the moment I saw that, the tears I had been trying to hold back started flowing uncontrollably. Oh, the joy the son must have felt when his father received Christ and that he can finally look forward to seeing him in heaven! As I bowed my head, trying to hide the fact that I was crying, I could hear the sobbing of many others around me. Truly, the thankfulness towards God has overwhelmed our hearts, and our tears were an expression of gratitude to God for having saved a sinner from the gates of hell.

At that moment, I can’t help but think of my own family which is still wandering outside the kingdom of God. How I prayed that the Lord would also kindly open their hearts to Christ and accept Him as their saviour. I understand that I have a great task in front of me and how I ought to seek the Lord more earnestly in regards to this matter.

My dear friends, if you have been wondering why Christians are so persistent in sharing their faith, please understand that we gain nothing from doing it, nor does it help us earn our place in heaven. We do so only because we want to share this wonderful gift that God has given us, and by sharing it with you, it shows how much you mean to us.

Salvation cannot be earned, because an imperfect man can never stand before an absolutely perfect God by his own efforts. God has so graciously sent His son to die for our sins and all that we need to do to be forgiven of our sins is this; believe.

John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should no perish, but have everlasting life.’

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