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  • Becoming the Lord’s Body

    I’ve had a few close shaves with death. One such time was when I was overwhelmed with depressing thoughts, when I felt utterly useless and inadequate. But, in that moment, I was saved by Jesus. 

    It started with a rich businessman. I met an important businessman who was ill, and he lamented that his riches were useless because he had a sickly body. This struck me, and so I offered to pray for his health. After sincerely praying, he started feeling better and showing signs of recovery.

    Thankful for my prayers, he offered a gift in return. However, I simply told him that it would be good if he could believe in God and start going to church diligently, to which he promised. Upon his insistence to give me a gift, I told the church near my house needed a new bell, since the old bell had been spoilt for awhile and so, the villagers now lacked something that could remind them to work and rest. Immediately, he agreed and gave me some money. I then used the money to head to the nearest city that sells church bells.

    I almost killed myself

    On the journey, I bumped into a group of students. Looking at them, I felt the fire of evangelism in me light up. I thought to myself:

    how should I approach them? Should I start with, “how are you? Do you go to church?” No – this way of starting the conversation is so old-fashioned; they’ll definitely ignore me. 

    Or maybe: “Hello! The weather is really nice, right? I guess you all are going somewhere for a holiday?” No, that sounds odd, too. Or I could ask them, “Hi, have you all read the bible? Do you have any questions? I have read it many times, and have lots of comments!” But asking this way is too unexpected too. 

    The desire to evangelise them burst out from my chest as I ran through the scenarios in my head. However, I couldn’t gather the courage because I was too shy and my mouth was not able to finish what I wanted to say. Every time I finally mustered the courage to walk over to the students, my mind went blank and I would dejectedly walk back. The students looked at me, walking towards them then walking backwards. Two steps forward, one step back. Feeling utterly disappointed in myself, I kept rebuking myself. I was angry that I couldn’t do God’s work, even after He serendipitously put an evangelism candidate before me. You can’t even say a single word, and yet you want to evangelise and become an announcer? Believing myself useless, I was frustrated that I’d continuously disappointed Jesus and worried my parents.

    I got more and more agitated and more upset. In a moment of anger, I left my seat and ran out of the train carriage door. In that moment, I truly felt like dying. Jump down and die – that’s the best solution. Images of my failure to talk to the students flashed in my mind. I closed my eyes and was prepared to jump down.

    Jesus saved me

    Suddenly, something grabbed my neck, I was so shocked that the thought of jumping off the train was banished immediately. “Who was it who grabbed me? Is it the train driver? I did not see him just now?” I thought. I looked around but strangely, there was not a single person.

    “It must be my reaction from wanting to escape from death. I’m despicable. I am really unbelievable. I do not even have the determination to die!”

    When I was shaking my head at myself, I heard a voice that is about to cry saying: “I have already died for you. Why then, do you want to die?”

    Immediately I recognized it as Jesus’s voice. Jesus said it in a very sad tone and that frightened me. I told Jesus that I felt useless because I didn’t even have the courage to talk to people, I was unable to help the Lord to spread the gospel. I cried tears while confessing my stupidity. Jesus replied saying:

    “A child would not be able to hold a very big object, right? Why are you discouraged and chose death because of this? Do you know how precious life is? Do you know how sad I am without a body?”

    I replied, “But, everything I do, I don’t do well.”

    “You will do well after you’re grown up. Let’s start by evangelizing one by one. Live with me and become my body.”

    Since that incident, Jesus’ words became engraved in my mind. I evangelised one at a time, thinking that Jesus is working through my body. One step at a time, I spread the word to the whole nation, and now to the world. I’ve since become more confident in preaching the word to crowds. 

    Although I’m no longer young, I’m still driven by the fiery heart to live for the Lord. I confessed to Jesus every day saying: “Lord, don’t worry about me, I am living for the Lord, and living to fulfill the will of the Lord. Thus, no matter what hardship I faced, it is ok. I am a happy man!

    We’ve all been there; there are days where you feel like giving up on yourself because you feel that you’re lacking. Listen to my story – even though it’s hard now, know that if you entrust it to the Lord, you will overcome this difficulty and do big things and become a happy person! 

  • Building Seokmak Church – Part 01

    +jung myung seok +pastor jung myung seok +pastor joshua jung +providence religious movementI completed my first tour of duty in 1966 and the second in 1967. After which, I returned back to South Korea in the year 1969.  I earned and saved quite an amount of money from my army allowance and so I decided to buy a television and a tape recorder. I thought that it will be useful to have them because it was really expensive, so I bought them and brought them in Vietnam and brought them back to home.

    One day, while I was walking, I heard a voice saying

    “If you are not going to use it anyway, they’ll rust as time passes, so why not sell them and build a church in Seokmakri instead? Use it to save lives, like Noah building the Ark .” 

    Even though I heard the voice clearly, but I pretended that I didn’t hear anything. As I continued walking, Jesus inspired me again and he said

    “Are you going to keep on pretending not to hear me?  There’s no one else around; I’m talking to you…”

    I paused for a moment and reflected upon Jesus’s words. It’s true that I wasn’t doing anything with the television and it was just rusting away slowly. It was rusting away because it sometimes got rained on and I’d just put something on it to cover it, so of course, it was going to rust.  I tried polishing it with some anti-rust polish but it started to rust even more.  Jesus kept on suggesting that we sell it and build a church for lives because if I just left it there, it was just going to rust.  But back then, Television was so precious and our village didn’t have any electricity. I kept on praying that we would get electricity in our village; however, there was no news about it.  Nonetheless, I put the Television in the room that I shared with my brothers and when I was bored, I’d go in and look at it.  I was really chuffed (proud).  But I couldn’t use it, so it was pretty useless.

    wedding_045I tried to find places where they had electricity and found out that, there was electricity in Jinsan. So I walked, eight kilometres while carrying the Television with me so that I would be able to watch it. I even watched Apollo 16 being launched at the school and groups of people soon started to gather and watch together with me. I felt so proud of owning a Television and even started thinking about how much money I could charge each person who is watching, like how bookstores earn money from renting out comic books to people. But Jesus was telling me to sell it away, so I pretended I never hear Him.

    However, I knew that I couldn’t defy the words of the Lord, My Saviour, who saved my life.  So I came up with the idea of keeping the tape recorder and giving the television to Him first.  I knew that I had to give one of them to Him eventually because  Jesus isn’t just anyone,  he saved me when I was going to die in Vietnam so how could I just ignore Him? So I decided that I would give the television to Him.

    I kept the tape recorder instead and I used it to record sermons and listen to them again and again so that I’d be able to understand them.  At the time Elder Un-Mong Na’s revival rallies were really well-known.  So I went and recorded what he was saying and listened to the recorded sermon multiple times.  Things of the world on Television did not really interest me much, so it wouldn’t really be much of a benefit to keeping the Television.  Instead, it felt like keeping the tape recorder was a better idea, so in the end, I decided to give up the television.

    It seemed like God was urging me to give them up too.  I suddenly felt thankful that God had saved me when I was in Vietnam.  At first, I handed it over reluctantly… but then, I made up my mind. Since I wouldn’t have gotten much money if I had sold it to anyone else, I sold it to my older brother for one hundred dollars.  I had a pile of money.  In today’s terms, it would be around ten thousand dollars.  I wrapped the money up in the newspaper, it was a really large bundle, and then I took the money to the church.

  • The Story of Two Eggs

    Recently, an incident that occurred when I was nine came to mind. Some guests were visiting my house but there was nothing at home that we could serve them with. So, my mother gave me some money to buy two eggs from the village marketplace down the mountain and instructed me to make a quick trip.

    The journey to and fro the marketplace was about 6 km. Going to the marketplace, I could make it down quickly, but coming back was a different story. Since I had to run with an egg in each hand, it slowed down my progress. With my mother’s voice instructing me to quickly come home, I decided to put an egg each in my pocket, freeing my hands so I could sprint home quickly. I ran home all the way, slowing down only when I was nearing my house.

    Never did I expect..

    As I stuck my hand into my pockets to retrieve the eggs, I came into contact with something wet. With a sinking heart, I realised that the eggs had broken due to the rigorous movement of my sprint. My face paled and my heart quickened. 

    What should I do? What have I done? Oh, why did I put the eggs in my pocket, knowing that they would break? Mother is still waiting to cook these eggs for our guest! 

    I considered running back to get two more eggs, but was stopped when I realised I had no money left. What should I do? The more I thought about it, the more absurd thoughts would come to mind. Briefly, I even contemplated running away from home. Although I was mere metres away from home, I continued to wander around outside aimlessly for a long time. Even when the moon hung high in the sky, I still didn’t return home.

    Eventually, my mother came out to look for me and found me in a bush nearby. “What are you doing here? Why didn’t you go home after so long? I was so worried about you!”

    “I’m sorry mom, I broke the egg…” I cried as I spoke.

    “The eggs broke? How?”

    “You told me to come back quickly so I placed the eggs in my pockets so I could run faster and return sooner. I only realized the eggs broke after that.”

    “You didn’t dare to come home because of this?”

    “Yes… I’m sorry mom…”

    “Don’t be silly. If the eggs broke, so be it. It isn’t that big of a deal. Besides, the guests have long left. It’s late, let’s go home.”

    That day, my mother held my hands throughout the entire journey as we made our way back home. Holding her hands, all of my worries disappeared and warmth coursed through me.

    As I reflected about the past

    Thinking about it now, I realise that God will hold your hand throughout it all.

    Even as I think back to this incident years later, I laugh at my naivety – that I didn’t dare to go home simply because of two broken eggs.

    “Ah, just like how the things that caused us so many worries when we were young eventually turn out to be such a small matter after we have grown up, the Lord is telling me through this incident that the things that I am worrying about now will feel like nothing when I look back upon them in the future.”

    “Just as how I felt so at ease and without worries when my mother held onto my hands then, I want the Lord Jesus to lead me forward holding my hands. In this way, I will have nothing to worry about.”

    Year after year, I continued to live with this attitude till today and would like to pass on this mentality, encouraging teenagers who currently fear the difficulties ahead of them.

    Your difficulties are ordinary things, just like the two eggs. There is nothing that the Lord can’t fix. So, let the Lord hold your hand, and overcome all your difficulties with ease.

  • The Teacher

    How do you want to live your life? Do you simply go through the motions of life, existing from day to day? In my life, I can say that I’ve found meaning by spreading God’s Word because I’ve followed the teachings of the wisest teacher – the Lord.

    Who am I?

    I’ve always doubted myself – I’m not smart; I don’t think quickly; and I can’t speak well in front of crowds. I prayed, telling God sincerely: “Lord! I am ignorant and stupid. Now matter how deeply I think, there is just no possibility of me becoming smart. People constantly call me stupid, saying that my brain is useless. I thought that what I’ve done so far is wise, but I’ve realised that it was foolish and so, I’m a stupid person without wisdom. Yes! I now realise and acknowledge that I am stupid.” 

    My ignorance pained me, and I cried in agony. Suddenly, in that moment, I heard a voice gently comforting me: 

    “I already knew you are neither intelligent nor wise, so please stop cursing yourself. No matter how stupid and useless a person may be, as long as he has the heart to learn from someone wise, he can also gain wisdom. But no matter how smart and wise a person maybe, if he learns from a foolish teacher, he will definitely become a fool. Therefore, foolishness and lack of wisdom is not the problem; the problem is whether you follow the intelligent teacher or not.”

    This spurred me. With a renewed sense of motivation, I searched high and low for the wise teacher. Yet, I realised with disappointment, that in my village, no such person existed. 

    The Wise Teacher is non other than Jesus

    That night, while praying, I realised that the wise teacher is someone I already knew: the Lord himself. I confessed that Jesus was the one and only wise teacher. Since then, whenever I prayed, through my thoughts, the Lord will appear and teach me the words of the Bible. He taught me about the laws of creation and reasons of the universe. Gradually, I came to see and understand God’s words in a clearer manner. Scriptures that were once confusing became understandable.

    This continued for a few years. Then, I felt the Lord’s inspiration in my heart: Since I became the teacher who taught you, after learning from me, you too, go out and become the Teacher who teaches others about this word.

    Looking back at the past

    Years have passed since the Lord told me this. Till today, remembering what the Lord told me, I’ve been sharing the word of this time period to all parts of the world. With God’s word of the time period and God’s mentality, the Lord made me a wise teacher by letting me learn from Him.

    You too – who will you learn from? How do you want to live your life? This is the best time to think about making yourself. Then, find your wise teacher and make yourself into that great person by learning the Word of God. In this way, your spirit and body will become the greatest person on this earth.

  • Cleaning the Valley filled with Trash

    Back in 2003, when I was in Hong Kong, there was a valley 1 km away from the place where I stayed. The valley had rotting trash and was giving off a stench, but no one dared to clean it. Instead, everyone just left it alone so I decided to clean it. One day, I went to the valley with two of my disciples to clean it up. I cleaned the 1 km long valley all the way to the end of it.

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    Pastor Jung cleaning the Tai Tam Valley in Hong Kong

    After cleaning the valley, I was drenched in sweat but there was no clean water to wash myself. It was the day of my birthday, so churches throughout the world was waiting for me to cut the cake in celebration of my birthday. However, I continued cleaning until 2 pm. Thereafter, I reported to God that I had finally completed cleaning the valley that reeked of trash stench.

    As soon as I finished praying, rain began to pour down. It was a gift of grace on my birthday. Torrents of rain poured down for about 10 minutes and as a result, the rainwater flowed along the valley that had already been swept clean and it became cleaner. At that time I was so thankful that I raised my voice and broke out into a song, ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’, as a token of my gratitude to God who had led me to the green pastures and to the places where Their Will exists, even in the midst of tribulations.

    When I found out the things needed to be done even in the midst of tribulations and put them to action, I gained more than what I had lost.

    It’s the same thing even now. When dark clouds develop, rain is likely to come. Thunder and lightning strike and raindrops begin to fall. Therefore people usually get anxious about being caught in the rain and their clothes getting wet, so they quickly go indoors. Or they feel bad, saying, “It has been a while since I was out like this but I am caught in the rain unfortunately.” Even when they go on a picnic, if it starts to rain they would get in the car and come back home right away. By the time they arrived home, the rain will have stopped after raining just a little bit. Then they would say, “Since we can’t go out again and the sky is covered with dark clouds, let’s go to sleep,” and they would just keep on sleeping. But in fact, the day would eventually turn out to be a really good day because the weather will become cool.

    What I realized from this incident

    Things often happen in this way when tribulations and hardships come. If you just get scared from the start, you will give up and run away and you will get used to being that way. Such people are always afraid of having any hardships that they may face in their future. Even if a small thunderstorm strikes and only a few raindrops fall in their lives, they feel nervous, have all kinds of worries and are afraid. Then, they give up and stop what they were trying to do.

    Do not think or be afraid of your difficulties and worries, but leave them to the Lord. You should take action boldly just as you get rained on during the summer and get caught in a snowstorm or cold wind in the winter time. Then like me, you can become a strong hero of life and you will be able to complete the work that the Lord has entrusted to you in the end. Do you believe this? If you get too scared, you will become a patient with heart problems. Call on the Lord. Call on God. Do you understand?

  • Is giving a challenge or a joy?

    There was one time, someone asked something from me. It was an item that I needed and therefore I was reluctant to give it to him. Upon hearing his request, I thought, “If I give it to you, I won’t have any to use. Why should I give the item to you when you didn’t help me with anything before?” I couldn’t find a reason to give the item to him. However, he was rude and persistent and kept demanding the item from me. I was irritated by his actions. At that moment, I recalled the teachings in the bible. God taught us that we should reward people only according to their deeds. While pondering on these words, I decided to keep the item for myself.

    Not long later, I received several hardships due to this incident. I asked the Lord in prayer if I had done something wrong and He replied me through inspiration, he said: “Why didn’t you obey my word? Didn’t I tell you to give even your robe if someone asks you for your tunic?”

    At that moment, I recall the words that the Lord spoke of in the bible:

    Matthew 5:40 

    And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

    The Lord continued, “Didn’t you promise me that you will live according to My Words in the bible? You have kept even harder commandments of loving your enemies during the Vietnam war but why couldn’t you do the same this time? You suffer losses because of something trivial, your actions saddens my heart. If you gave it when he asked for it, you would have become a person who kept my words. You should also give while thinking about my words correctly. Eventually, the act of giving will be beneficial for both of you.”

    Because I only took action upon the words in the bible while understanding it only partially and judged with my own thoughts, I was rebuked by the Lord.

    The Lord then asked me, “Wouldn’t you have given it if you thought they were people you love?” I replied “Yes. If one of my disciples asked me for that, I would have given it to them no matter who they were.” The Lord continued, “Didn’t I also say not to love just the people you love but people you don’t love?” Upon hearing his words, I lowered my head in embarrassment.

    While reflecting on my actions, I saw my own contradictions and that I was only focusing on the words in the bible that said, “Reward people according to their deeds.” while asserting my own perspectives. Through this incident, I realized that I must read and understand all of the Lord’s words and do what is appropriate at each moment.

    A person needs to be equipped with the Lord’s heart of generosity, the willingness to give whether

    the item is big or small. People who love their brother, sisters and people around them as if they were the Lord, are people with good and righteous hearts. When I realized this and took action upon the word after correcting my perspective and gave the item to him, the Lord was happy and through this person, I received much help too.

    Everyone, you should not reject someone who asks you for something but give grace to them without finding fault. Always look at God’s word in its entirety, pray and receive God’s wisdom before you act. I want you to help one another even to the extent of the people you have a conflict with. Wake each other’s faith and help each other thinking that you are doing it for God, Holy Spirit and the Holy Son. The Lord delights when you obey his words with a kind and sincere heart.

  • The P.O.W. who became my spiritual friend

    After saving the life of a Prisoner of War (P.O.W) at the expense of mine, I brought him back to our base camp. However, the Vietcong was eventually killed by my platoon leader. I was completely heartbroken and devastated! How can someone take away the life of someone else’s life so easily, a precious gift given by God?

    As I prayed for the late P.O.W., I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. If I had been there with him, he wouldn’t have been killed. I regretted entering the cave to catch the other Vietcong, because I ended up leaving him alone. I cried and cried overnight. 

    He was a Catholic. I felt a deep affection for him because we owed the lives of each other, and we were both Christians after all. I’d grieved over my beloved brother’s death for weeks. He was always in my prayer and he became my spiritual friend. In 20 years since the military discharge. I tried to find my war buddy. Yoo, Kun Tae. I’d searched for him all over South Korea for four years, but he was nowhere to be found.

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    Pastor Jung Myung Seok and his Vietnam War Comrades

    His irresistible love for alcohol, tobacco and women finally took him to another world. Also, I looked for the then-platoon leader, Son. I found out that he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. One winter day, he and his family – his wife, a son and a daughter – died in sleep from briquette gas poisoning. He was only in his 40’s, the prime of his life. Not loving brothers and ruthless killing of enemies brought calamity upon him and his family. I wrote this testimony of how God worked in this episode because neither the dead nor those unseen can testify His works.

    Remember only love can save our body and soul/spirit.

  • What is the purpose of your life?

    After entering the spiritual world, your mentality, heart, and soul will grow to resemble God’s. You will come to know what you couldn’t understand in the world and about God. You will understand about the Holy Son, and will also understand and realize your path in life. That’s the significance of the spiritual world. 

    Entering the Spiritual World

    If you pray deeply, you can enter the spiritual world from the physical one. The spiritual world has thousands of levels. Whether it is entering a low-level spiritual world or a high-level spiritual world, so long as one enters the spiritual world, it is considered that one has succeeded in praying. 

    The physical body remains but the soul travels to the spiritual realm together with one’s mentality, thoughts, and heart. In the physical realm, one’s spirit will only exist at the level of the body.(one’s physical mentality, heart, and soul) However, if one’s mentality, heart and soul enters into the spiritual world, its spirit will exist in the spiritual realm as well. When this is done frequently, the spirit itself will be able to travel into the spiritual world successfully.

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    The infamous eagles peak that Pastor Jung Myung Seok used to pray on during his ascetic life prayer. He has command all members not to try to pray there for it was extremely dangerous

    The challenge of prayer that transcends the boundaries of this world. I have often cautioned that the famous eagle’s peak at Daedunsan mountain is extremely dangerous and steep and advised members not to try praying there.

    In order to offer a deep prayer that crosses from this world into the spiritual world, I often starved when I went to the mountain or cave to pray. Praying at the cliff of the rocks is difficult. If you have a physical body, how can you forget about the hunger, cold, heat, worries and anxieties and pray deeply? The only way is to forsake the sense of consciousness of the body. However, because the body lives is subject to the laws of the physical world, it is difficult to focus our thoughts and spirit to go into the spiritual world through prayer.

    Just like in this world, it is challenging to live in another country, all on your own. One has to invest a lot of time to adapt to living in the new country, and cannot assimilate well without changing their lifestyle. In the same way, this reason also applies when entering into the spiritual realm. That’s why it is not easy to go to the spiritual world.

    There was once, I started feeling cold in the midst of prayer, and I opened my eyes out of curiosity. Unknowingly, the day had already changed into night. In this way, I realized that I was so focused on prayer that I didn’t even feel the passage of time. For a physical person, because one prays physically, there is nothing to say when praying, so it is hard to pray deeply.

    If you pray spiritually, the Holy Spirit will inspire and move your heart, and you can feel the heart of the God, Holy Spirit and Holy Son. At that time, you will pray according to the inspiration that comes to mind. When you pray in that manner, you will not feel the passage of time. This will become not a prayer of mere words, but a prayer made using the heart, soul and spirit.

    Leading a spiritual life

    When you see the spiritual world, you will be able to differentiate between the good and bad path of life. You will also understand the reason for the existence of your spirit, the path of death in hell and also the path of Heaven where God dwells, and you can even meet with God. You have to meet the Saviour Lord, because it is through him you will know the complete path of life.

    Pastor Jung Myung Seok praying sincerely in the Hwetgol cave behind Wolmyungdong in the late 90s, while developing Wolmyeongdong. It was one of the prayer cave he used to pray in and studying the bible

    I know this because I have gone and found that path of life when I met the Lord through deep prayers into the spiritual world while suffering all kinds of difficulties and hardships praying at the mountains for over 20 years and more. I did this because more than anything else, I wanted to know clearly the purpose of my life. I wanted to meet the Lord since I believed he is the one who can answer all my questions about life.

  • You will surely return alive!

    I went to Vietnam for the first time at the age of 21. It was 1966, and I had been dispatched to Vietnam during the Second Indochina War.  When we first landed, the unexpected tropical sunlight and burning heat – it was over 40°C – welcomed us. We soldiers suffered from breathing difficulties and heatstroke. Under these circumstances, we had to lie in ambush and carry out military operations in mountain areas. 

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    During the war, I was fearful of war and death, questioning, “Can I really return to my country alive from this scorching hot weather, fierce battles and hellish surroundings?” I kept praying to God that I really want to survive this war and return to Korea safely. One day, I pledged to God, “If I can return to Korea in one piece, I’ll devote my life to God and the world.” While praying sincerely, I shed hot tears and felt that the sky looked much clearer and brighter than ordinary days. Then, a voice in my mind said to me: “You will surely return alive!”

    As the voice had promised, I was discharged from service without hurting a finger despite scores of precarious incidents during hundreds of ambush, searching operations in mountains, and countless battles. My prayers saved my life during the war.

    After returning home. I kept my pledge to God: I diligently trained my spirit and body like pure gold to be His better tool, continuously prayed and received the Word of life in Mount. Daedum and caves near my hometown. At the age of 34, I began ministry by preaching the new Word and curing the sick with various diseases like deafness, mental illness, cancer, tuberculosis, etc, by praying. And in some cases, even the physically-dead returned to life again. Such encounters are countless, and I couldn’t

    explain everything to every single person during a gathering. If I were to speak about all of it, it would have taken a few days. Furthermore, the spiritually sick were cured and those whose faith was dead were resurrected. All these miracles made through prayer are too many to record. Whoever prays, big and small wonders will take place because God is with his or her’s prayer.

  • Persistence & Perseverance

    Once, as I was about to go to church, it started pouring heavily. It was so heavy that I couldn’t even step outside. However, I told myself that I couldn’t skip service simply because of bad weather. Since I had no umbrella, I ended up dashing to church while covering my head. 

     

    The continuous rain through the night led to deeper streams – the river was about three meters high! I was terrified, and wondered if I should just head home instead. However, I steeled my resolve: I’d already made it this far, and I was determined to make it to church. 

     

    I took a ginger step towards the stream, but soon got weighed down by the water. Feeling my body leaning into the water, I frantically searched for something to hold on to. I was able to grab hold onto something which did not break even when I pulled it while taking a few more steps to cross the stream.

     

    After that, I had to cross another stream. This time, even more water came gushing, and the stream was far wider than the previous one. Though it came up all the way to my thighs, I managed to cross over and reached church safely. However, I found that there was no one

    God's burning and anxious heart

    However, I found that there was no one else in church. Even my mother, and the female elder, who always arrives earlier to ring the bell, were not there. I thought of God, and how He would feel when he saw that no one was in church to pray, wouldn’t He feel sad? I thought that I should comfort His heart, and prayed confessing that I would be faithful in doing His work.

    As I prayed, a miracle happened: a vision came to me, a huge fireball the size of the sun charging towards me. In that moment, a surge of energy came upon me and I felt God’s burning and anxious heart. With that feeling, I prayed even more earnestly to become a person of God and accomplish what people would not accomplish.

    Many years had passed since then. I realized only through one’s effort of being persistent and perseverance, could we come to understand and feel God’s presence and His love for us. I understood this principle while taking action to love God throughout my life.