2019 has been one of the most memorable years for me, as God has answered a very significant prayer in my life.
Since I became a Christian and started committing to church more than 20 years ago, my parents, especially my mother, tried many ways to stop me from attending church related gatherings. They feared that I have been brainwashed, and wanted me to focus on my studies and career. I frequently had conflicts with my mother whenever the topic of church or Christianity was touched on throughout the years. She strongly opposed my Christian faith and sometimes made very sarcastic comments. This has brought me to tears many times.
As I matured as a Christian, I learnt that debating with my parents was not the best way to witness to them. Prayer was the key, for my battle was not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of the dark world that was controlling my unbelieving family (Ephesians 6:12). I prayed not only for their salvation in Christ, but for me and my household, we would also worship and serve the Lord together one day. As I prayed with support from my spiritual mentors and close friends, God spoke to my heart that He would work on my family. Yet my faith was shaken and I felt like giving up on multiple occasions.
Shortly after I got married, the persecution intensified. For a few months, my mother attempted to stop me and my husband from attending church by parking in front of our driveway on Sunday morning, and threatened to disown me as her daughter. We cried out to God to move miraculously. God then encouraged me to “be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted.” (Psalm 46:10). He would “make all things beautiful in His time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) I felt that in order for my mother to change, she needed to have an encounter with God like Paul in the bible. We tried our best to show our love and care for her despite the persecution. Eventually, she stopped pressuring us.
In March this year, my mother suddenly fell seriously ill when she travelled overseas. She went into a coma in Hong Kong, and then became partially paralysed after she woke up. She also lost her eyesight a few days later. The doctors in the hospital were very concerned. However, I had this incomprehensible peace in my heart that my mother was in the hands of God. I prayed that she would encounter God in her sickness. Amazingly, my mother improved and regained her eyesight out of expectations of the doctors. Most importantly, she experienced unexplainable joy and peace from God. My sister who went to Hong Kong to look after her, took opportunities to share about Christ with her. Thankfully my mother was able to return to Australia after 2 months of hospitalization, and she accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour a few days later. Now she is a transformed person, who is eager to know God and obey His word!
Our God is a good and faithful promise keeper. Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.
Willawong Family 2A