October 2, 2017 by Kgalalelo
When I met my husband and ultimately joined his church for us to be married by his pastor, I was expected as all the youth and unmarried people under thirty years of age to join the youth ministry and so I joined. All of us were in the youth choir and we had to practice songs we had to sing every Saturday afternoon for the Sunday service. I would drive 50 kilometres from Bloemfontein to the township of Botshabelo where the church was. It was effortless though as I enjoyed the season I was in at that time. I became one of the members of the youth choir the day I joined the church and was received with love by all choir members and the leadership of the church. I knew that shortly after the wedding I would transition to the women’s ministry where I would join the women’s choir and receive counsel and nurturing from the pastor’s wife who was leading the women’s ministry assisted by some of the elderly women in the church.
I enjoyed my time in the youth ministry. Every Sunday morning, the programme was scheduled in such a way that all ministries in the church would take turns in singing atleast two hymns including the children and men’s ministry before the pastor ascended the pulpit and the entire congregation would raise him with a hymn. We knew the hymns that the pastor loved and would sing those as they made him happy but above all, they prepared him as the spirit and fire of God took hold of Him to impart on those he had been called to care take, which was the congregation.
There was a song that I got to learn in the youth ministry that was sung by Shirley Caeser. It was released in 1989 and in 2003 it was still a hit in our church and it excited me whenever we sang it because of the powerful lyrics. It goes:
“You may be down and feel like God
Has somehow forgotten
That you are faced with circumstances
You can't get through
But now it seems that there's no way out
And you're going under
God's proven time and time again
He'll take care of you”
And He'll do it again
He'll do it again
If you'll just take a look
At where you are now
And where you've been
Well hasn't He always come through for you
He's the same now as then
You may not know how
You may not know when
But He'll do it again”
I later bought Shirley Caeser’s album “I remember Mama” which contains the song “He’ll do it again” that I may listen to it in the car. The title of this blog was therefore, inspired by that song. There are countless times where God did it again and again for me. He always has my back and comes through for me over and over again. There is a song by Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir released in 1995 that is called “Second Chance”. It says that God is the God of the second chance and I would like to take it further by saying that He is the God of many chances. He gives us countless chances time and time again because His mercies endures forever, the chances He gives us are the forever kind of chances. He doesn’t give up on us nor is He stingy when we ask. He is a good and loving God. I’m inspired by hymns today and there is yet another Sesotho hymn by a South African gospel group Jerusalema e ncha Gospel Choir that says “ha o phetse ho hauela ba setilweng”, meaning God doesn’t tire to show mercy on those who have faltered. This is the God who has created us, He loves us without any condition, that’s what unconditional love means.
We have to realise His mercies no matter who we are and where we have been in life and what we have done. He is no human nor does He think like human beings, He doesn’t condemn nor judge us as we would each other. If you need a friend, look to Jesus the author and the finisher of your faith. If you need help of any kind, He gives freely without any expectations. He doesn’t hold things against us nor does He expect us to pay Him back for what He does for us. How could He, as He Himself created everything, He knows how to get what He wants without any interference or assistance from man. Isn’t that awesome?
This brings me to what I wanted to share as yet another demonstration of His goodness, doing it again and again and again through eternity. I was watching a programme on the travel channel called House Hunters International and a couple had relocated from the USA to Frankfurt as the husband had received a lucrative job opportunity there. As I was watching, my attention was drawn to the transportation system I was observing in the city centre. There were trams across town at every stop. The transportation system was excellent and I observed how nobody could just cross the road casually as I would do in my hometown. I can cross just about anywhere as traffic and our transport system is quite different. We use busses and taxis in town and most people own cars.
I got reminded of an incident one time when I was in Medford, Oregon in USA. I was leaving the shops trying to cross the road to get to the hotel on foot as it was just a stone's throw away and the traffic there was overwhelming. There were huge pick up trucks that you wouldn’t often see here in South Africa, and every second person owned or drove one. Every time I tried to cross thinking that the traffic was clearing and the robots were closed, they opened very quickly and more cars drove by quicker than I could think and I found myself standing on the other side of the road and the hotel for more than thirty minutes.
I was afraid of being ran over by a vehicle as they came with overwhelming high speed and there was no pedestrian crossing sign nearby. I also didn’t know the rules of the road in the USA and whether crossing the street in that area was allowed by law. Nobody knew me there and what if I was injured and taken to the hospital, who would know? Those are the thoughts that came into my mind. I had been attending a workshop and a friend of mine from Sweden had already gone back home and I was left alone as my flight was taking off only the next day. I stood there waiting and looking to the left and then the right and cars were passing with high speed and nobody took notice of me standing on the pavement with my plastic bag.
As I was standing there wondering what I should do, the Holy Spirit impressed on mind that I should ask Him for help in crossing the road. It seemed like an easy thing to do, just crossing the road but time was passing and I was still stuck on the other side as there seemed to be no way I could cross the road in that insane traffic. The moment I said “Holy Spirit, please help me cross the road”, in that moment I looked to my right side and there was a young man with a bag pack standing next to me. I didn’t know where the guy came from as there was no one a moment ago but he just showed up. I was astonished as he was about to cross the road and I said to him “hello, can I cross with you” and he said “sure, let’s go”. He was a local and I could see that he knew he’s way around there by the way he acted and manoeuvred. He just raised his hand and the cars slowed down and I was able along him to go over on the other side. I thanked him as he went along his way and I headed to the hotel.
This incident always astounds me as even on this day, I don’t understand with my limited consciousness where that man came from but I knew in my heart that he was an angel from God, who came as an answer to my prayer. God responded immediately, it was a miracle that I will keep on shouting from the rooftops and David in Psalm 35:18 says “I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people” because you have done this for me and you keep doing it again and again.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
This was not the first time that God had come through for me. Every blog I’ve written and the book I wrote “We live in the Mind”, is another way of God doing it for me again and again. The entire Bible is full of stories of how God has saved and rescued His people, how God has helped and provided for His people and He still does even today. The Bible was written many years ago and the same God, who was there for His people then, is the same God we have today. His ways are so unexpected, you can never predict the method He will use to help you. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 the Lord says "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”.
Glory to God!
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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