The travelers’ hymn

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I love traveling! I have this wanderlust in me that kept me on thinking: “Where to go next?” I have a dream on visiting every countries and territories in this world. I believe that God put this will, this passion in me for a reason.

I stood in awe every time I am out in nature. I am in pure joy seeing the great nature; those towering mountains, the lush jungle, those crashing waves, crystal clear streams, the turquoise sea water with abundance of life in it… I am in absolute awe and wonder. Always… and somehow those experiences connect me in a very special way to God. In those moment this hymn “How great Thou art” always come through my mind and subconsciously  sing it every time I encounter that unique connection with The Creator.

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing;
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Credit to the creator of the hymn as cited from Wikipedia:

How Great Thou Art” is a Christian hymn based on a Swedish traditional melody and a poem written by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859–1940) in Mönsterås, Sweden in 1885. It was translated into German and then into Russian and became a hymn. It was translated into English from the Russian by English missionary Stuart K. Hine, who also added two original verses of his own.
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Not only that this hymn reminding me of God’s almighty power in creating and carefully crafting everything in the universe there is, but also of His ultimate work of wonder: the salvation through Christ Jesus. The amazing grace that made my soul sings.

This is one way of God reminding me of his love… and I cherish it dearly. And cannot wait for other special moments God has in store for me… showing how great He is! Hallelujah!

The promise that is not vain

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I took the photo above over lunch somewhere in the Icelandic western peninsula earlier this month. We were at our table enjoying our meal overlooking a tall glass window when suddenly the sky painted a rainbow just above this church. What a sight to behold. I took it as a reminder of God’s covenant with the entire humanity. Not only Christians but THE ENTIRE humanity. Forever grateful.

The line, however, is taken from the third verse of the hymn by George Matheson entitled “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”. I knew this hymn from the devotional I read. I listened to the song and I connected deeply with the beautiful lyrics.

Just so happen this morning my reading lead me to the David’s Song of Praise as written in 2 Samuel 22:1-20 (NIV).

22 David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
    from violent people you save me.

“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and have been saved from my enemies.
The waves of death swirled about me;
    the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
    the snares of death confronted me.

“In my distress I called to the Lord;
    I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
    my cry came to his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
    the foundations of the heavens shook;
    they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
    consuming fire came from his mouth,
    burning coals blazed out of it.
10 He parted the heavens and came down;
    dark clouds were under his feet.
11 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
    he soared on the wings of the wind.
12 He made darkness his canopy around him—
    the dark rain clouds of the sky.
13 Out of the brightness of his presence
    bolts of lightning blazed forth.
14 The Lord thundered from heaven;
    the voice of the Most High resounded.
15 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
    with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
16 The valleys of the sea were exposed
    and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at the rebuke of the Lord,
    at the blast of breath from his nostrils.

17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
    he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
    from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
    but the Lord was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place;
    he rescued me because he delighted in me.

As I recite this passage, I can feel the passion of David in praising the Lord for saving him. I can feel from that GOD went all out to defend him! He showcased his sovereignty in every way to rescue David. I was awestruck! How great is our God!

I reflect that once God promised to take control, He would not go in vain. He will act ALL OUT and David himself witnessed that resulting in this powerful song of praise.

I might not today facing a great danger like David was but I believe through every challenges I face, every trials I was put into I could call on my God for He is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer. I am reminded every now and then that His promise is not vain. It is as what it was, is and will be forever and ever.

Soli Deo Gloria.

YLG 2016

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Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering 2016: United in the Great Story

God sent me this amazing blessing of joining @lausannemovement Younger Leaders gathering 2016 #ylg2016 and it made me realize the major truth that all you have to do is open your soul, receive the grace and made yourself available for God’s calling.

all you have to do is open your soul, receive the grace and made yourself available for God’s calling.

I was awestruck by the wonderful occasion where I got to be together with the global church, the younger leaders: engaging The Scriptures, sharing life stories, connecting (simply that! But how divine those connections are, Praise the Lord!), listening to the most brilliant speakers exposing the Words of God and praising and worshiping God in our diverse self but united faith in Christ the Lord. HOW GREAT THOU ART!

For me Christine Kaharmen this is yet another beginning. I proclaim my faith that LORD JESUS, you are THE WAY! You are worth dying for and for that You are worth LIVING for!

All the glory be to God.