Where is God’s Perfection? (2)


Dragon fruit

 

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The doorbell rang like mad
RING! RING! RING!
It wouldn’t stop until I responded
I never open doors for strangers- so I hesitated
Finally, I decided to take my chances
It is Christmas Eve after all
Besides, I couldn’t stop the ringing by not doing anything
I believed that the presence of God in my house would protect us
To my surprise, what appeared before my eyes was a smiling face of my neighbor’s son Albert
His smile seemed to be contagious
Immediately I was filled with joy
He was holding a pitaya (fruit) and a pineapple
He said happily: “Auntie, this is for you.”
“Merry Christmas To You!”

Holding the fruits as Christmas present,
Albert was surrounded by a beam of light
I thought I saw an angel without the wings
My tears rolled in my eyes
Because in that instant I saw the perfection of God’s love
He looked a little scared when he saw my tearing eyes
He thought he was freaking me out
“I’m just giving you the pitaya and the pineapple.” He explained.
“I wish you a Merry Christmas and good luck in the coming year.”
He had no idea how amazed and comforted I was by his presence, especially because of the pitaya, which he brought me.

When the month of December 2019 came
I told myself it was my birthday month and I had to be happy
Also, I wanted to make a lot of people happy
The company I work for has entered its 25th anniversary this year
So the owner wanted to throw a big Christmas party to celebrate the occasion
All three officers were supposed to prepare programs
Unfortunately, this year we encountered a routine inspection from the government
So none of the offices had the time nor the energy to make the show

And I was preparing my show for my dancing studio’s annual Christmas Party
So when my office asked me to do a show
I agreed at once because I could raise the spirits of more than two hundred people!
I put a hold on everything so I could focus on this task
It is a lot of fun to work on the dance routine
I have successfully finished my performance on two Xmas parties
It just didn’t occur to me that something unpleasant was going to happen afterward.

I found out that I could not keep my promise to a friend
Many factors halted my keeping promise
The whole thing made me sad
It’s going to be hard to have a Merry Christmas this year
It is not possible to reverse my mood unless a miracle happens
I sighed and shook my head and helplessly to embrace this unexpected unpleasant Christmas holiday

One day when I drove back before Christmas
I saw the last pitaya left on the tree belong to my neighbor
They planted it only for a couple of years
Yet it bears a lot of fruits
Pitaya is popular and nutritious
It is relatively expensive compared to other fruits
So I’m not surprised our neighbors didn’t offer any to us.

Just when my mood was so low and down,
I tried to think of something that could change my mood.
Suddenly an idea flashed through my mind-
Perhaps miraculously, my neighbor will suddenly give me this last pitaya?
It wasn’t necessarily about the red dragon fruit,
more so that I want my neighbors to think that we’re friends
and that she was willing to share the last fruit with me to lift my spirits.

Oh, God! How could anyone have known?
A simple gesture changed my sadness to happiness.
Without thinking that my little wish could be granted…
How is it possible that this fruit would come to me?
While I sat depressed in the living room while watching TV on Christmas Eve,
Albert brought what I wished for!
I was thrilled that God had not forgotten me
and that he fulfilled my wish.

Two hours later my doorbell rang again
I thought to myself, “I guess Albert is back!”
Without hesitation, I opened the door
There he was with a big smile on his face again
He had a small bag with him
As soon as he saw me, he said he would sing for me
He didn’t have a guitar, but he took out a harmonica from his bag
He began to sing about the story of the birth of Jesus Christ

His speech is clear and fluent, and his voice is pleasant to hear
No one ever sings Christmas Carols at my door
Never once did I think of the honor of sharing a birthday with Jesus Christ
My old church taught me that it was important to remember the death of Christ, not the birth
My neighbor’s child made me feel proud to be born on Xmas day the first time in my life.
Watching his presentation, I was so moved and touched, and I could not help crying.
The tears wiped out the sadness I had right before Christmas and my birthday.
I saw the perfection of God because no one could have done it with such perfect timing!

I remembered a moving article from many years ago
**Where is God’s perfection? The father who had the imperfect kid asked the audience
Seeing no one could answer his question
The father told the story and answered:
God’s perfection is through the loving and caring of 18 young and perfect healthy kids
I too had asked myself during this time
Where is God’s perfection on me?
I never expected my question to be answered.

Who knows?
I received my answer on Chrismas Eve.
He made sure that I would be able to celebrate his and my birthday with joy,
He let me see HIS perfection
Through the act of the imperfect neighbor’s child

Albert has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Even though he looks bright and charming
The police had shown up at his house many times when he didn’t take his meditation
He would scream and cause a scene
He lost his marriage due to this illness
He often visited the mental hospital
Before coming to my door, he checked himself in the hospital for ten days
So he could give his mother a period of peace- what a lovely and considerate child.

Albert had no idea that he was playing the part of an angel on Christmas Eve
Just when I thought I wouldn’t and couldn’t have a Merry Christmas and a happy birthday
He brought me the biggest and the greatest gift
He helped to sweep away my sadness
He performed God’s perfection in HIS direction.
I would never imagine God’s perfection would be through this imperfect human being, would you?

**You can read this story on my previous blog-Where is God’s Perfection? (1) http://loveneverending.com/where-is-gods-perfection-1/

门铃像疯了一样响
铃!铃!铃!
铃声似乎在挑战,除非我回应,不然不会止住
我从来不给陌生人开门——所以我犹豫了
最后,我投降了
毕竟是平安夜啊
此外,若不采取行动,铃声是不会停止的
在圣诞前夕
我相信上帝会保护我们
令我惊讶的是,出现在我眼前的是邻居的儿子艾伯特的笑脸
他的微笑似乎具有感染力
我立刻充满了喜悦
只看见他手上拿着一个火龙果,一个凤梨
他开心说:“阿姨,这是给你的。”
“祝你圣诞快乐!”

拿着水果作为圣诞礼物,
艾伯特被一束光包围着
我以为我看到了一个没有翅膀的天使
我的泪水在眼里打转
因为在那一刻,我看到了上帝之爱的完美
当他看到我流泪的眼睛时,他看起来有点害怕
他以为他吓到我了
“我只是给你火龙果和菠萝。”他解释说。
“祝你圣诞快乐,来年好运。”
他不知道他的出现带给我极大的惊喜和安慰,尤其是他手上拿着的火龙果。

刚进入2019年的12月份
我告诉自己这是我生日的月份一定要开心
不单单是自己开心也要让很多人开心
因为我工作的公司在今年已经进入了第25周年
所以老板要大大的庆祝
本来三家分公司都要准备节目
不巧的是刚好今年碰到政府的盘检
因此没有人有心思准备节目

而我正在为舞蹈室的年度圣诞晚会准备表演
因此当我的办公室要请我去表演助兴时
便一口答应了,因为一下能让两百多个人开心何乐而不为呢
本来想要多写文章而且把第二本书完稿也全部停摆
开心而且专心的做这些事情
不久成功地完成了我在两个圣诞晚会上的表演
我只是没想到开开心心的过完晩会迎面而来的是让我非常不愉快的事情

我发现没有办法对一个朋友屦行承诺
许多因素使我无法信守诺言
整件事让我很伤心
心想今年要过一个快乐的圣诞节及生日可不容易
除非奇迹发生,否则我的情绪是不可能逆转的
我叹了口气,摇了摇头,无可奈何地准备接受了这个意外的不愉快的圣诞节。

就在圣诞前两天我开车回来
看见隔壁树上只剩下一颗火龙果
邻居种的这个火龙果树非常成功
所以连续几个月来都不停的结果
火龙果很受欢迎而且营养丰富
在市场上卖火龙果蛮贵的
因此邻居没有送给我们我也不以为怪

只是当心情很颓废的时候
就想到什么事可以让自己开心
忽然一个念头闪过
也许有奇迹,邻居会忽然送给我这最后一个火龙果
倒不是想吃只是希望邻居觉得我们不错
乐意分享提升我的情绪

哦,上帝!怎么会有人知道我期盼奇迹呢?
因为让我难过的事需要奇迹才能扭转它
但是我想神不可能会听我这个小小的愿望
没有想到就在我百般无奈坐在客厅里看着电视节目
火龙果竟然出现在我面前
艾伯特带来了我所希望的东西!
我很高兴上帝没有忘记我
他满足了我的愿望

两个小时后,门铃又响了
我告诉自己,”我猜艾尔伯特回来了!”
我毫不犹豫地打开了门
他站在那里脸上又是灿烂的笑容
他随身带着一个小包
他一看见我,就说他要为我唱歌
他没有吉他,但他从包里拿出了口琴
他开始唱耶稣基督诞生的故事

他说话清楚流利,歌声悦耳
从来没有人在我家门前唱圣诞颂歌
我从未想过与耶稣基督共享生日的荣耀
我的旧教会教导我,重要的是记住基督的死,而不是他的诞生
艾尔伯特让我第一次感受到与耶苏基督同日出生的荣耀
看着他又说又唱,我很感动,我忍不住哭了
泪水抹去了我在圣诞节和生日前夕的悲伤。
我看到了上帝的完美,因为没有人能在如此完美的时间,在圣诞及我生曰前夕扭转我的心态!

我记得很多年前的一篇感人的文章
**上帝的完美在哪里?有不完美孩子的父亲问听众
没人能回答他的问题
这位父亲讲了这个故事,并自己回答:
上帝的完美展现在18个年轻健康孩子给不完美孩子的爱与关怀中
在这段时间我也问过自己
上帝对我的完美在哪里?
我没想到我的问题会得到回答。

谁知道,谁能猜到呢?
我在圣诞节前夕收到了答复。
祂确定我能够即时分秒不差的快乐地可以庆祝祂和我的生日,
祂让我看到了神的的完美
借着这不完美的邻居孩子艾伯特

艾伯特被诊断患有躁郁症
尽管他看起来聪明迷人
警察多次出现在他家
当他不吃药的时候他会大叫大闹
他因为这场病而失去了婚姻
他经常去精神病院
在到我家之前,他让自己在医院里住了十天
为了可以给他母亲一段时间的安宁——多么可爱体贴又可怜的孩子啊。

艾伯特不知道他在平安夜扮演的是天使的角色
就在我认为我不会也不能过一个快乐的圣诞节和生日的时候
他给我带来了最大最好的礼物
他帮我扫清了悲伤与颓丧
带给我享受的与主耶稣同生的喜乐
藉由上帝的指引这卑微的孩子完成了上帝的完美。
我永远不会想象上帝的完美是通过这个不完美的人实现的,你想象得到吗?

 

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