There is a story in the Gospel of John: Jesus once met a woman who lived in Samaria. She had a complicated life history and was often busy and burdened with life. Her life changed drastically after Jesus revealed to her that He was the living water she needed. I feel a similar connection with the story of this Samaritan woman.
My name is Stephen. My story began 23 years ago.
When I was still in my 20s, a relative and a friend passed away one after another in my arms due to accidents. When all the instruments in the hospital’s ICU room stopped, that was the moment when their lives ended. Only their cold bodies remained on the bed. Soon my mom was also diagnosed with breast cancer. At that time, I was devastated and afraid that another loved one would die in my arms. All this happened so suddenly and later became a thorn in my heart.
In the following years, I continued searching for life’s meaning. I had many questions: Is life really like the others saying, “A person dies like a lamp goes out“? or as one Emperor asked, “I was confused when I came, and then I was lost. I walked along the world once. Who was I before I was born? Who was I after I was born? Who was I when I grew up, and who was I when I closed my eyes?”
“Whereas you don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. For what is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” -James 4:14
Four years later, by the grace of the heavenly Father, I met my wife and, at the same time, got to know the gospel. I started to read the Bible stories, and through the pastor’s explanation, I began to understand Jesus of the Bible more deeply. Whenever I read the Bible, I felt the gentle voice of Jesus calling me, “Come to me!”
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
After four years of marriage with my wife, God once again blessed me with two sons. When I held my youngest son in my arms, I saw and understood it.
“He restores my soul, He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3
My hands cannot hold back the life that was going away, but my hands can welcome new lives. Two people have died in my arms, and now God placed two new lives in my arms so that I can start a new life together with them.
As I am counting my blessings in my 40s, I no longer have that thorn in my heart. I am filled with indescribable gratitude whenever I look back and see through Heavenly Father’s grace. It turned out that the road I walked was always under the care of my heavenly Father.
“As an eagle that stirs up her nest, that flutters over her young, he spread abroad his wings, he took them, he bore them on his feathers, Yahweh alone led him. There was no foreign god with him .” – Deuteronomy 32:11-12
Choosing to follow Jesus has been the best decision of my life. If I had to choose again, I would follow Jesus without hesitation. Jehovah God is a God who gives life. His Word is mighty, wise, loving, and righteous. I sincerely invite you to learn and know this loving and gracious Jesus together. May God bless you even more!
「其實明天如何、你們還不知道。你們的生命是甚麼呢．你們原來是一片雲霧、出現少時就不見了。 」- 雅各書4:14
「又如鷹攪動巢窩、在雛鷹以上兩翅搧展、接取雛鷹、背在兩翼之上、這樣、耶和華獨自引導他、並無外邦神與他同在。」– 申命記 32:11-12