How are you? I’m very well.
Today, I’d like to share a story with you from my Singapore time. My mom once visited me from Seoul in September 2015 and stayed with me for a month in Singapore. I invited her, as I moved from Shanghai to Singapore in June of that year and wanted to show her my new place in Singapore and spend some time with her. Then, one day, I got a flyer on electronic goods sale and saw a sewing machine in the flyer. In my heart, I wanted to learn how to sew from my mom, as she used to design and make wedding dresses when she was young, and she is very gifted in handcraft. So, I asked her whether she could teach me sewing, and we went together to the Singapore Expo, where the sales promotion was held for a limited time. Thankfully, my mom bought me a sewing machine for beginners. Being excited, I read manuals on the sewing machine home, and my mom watched me try to sew a few zigzag lines for the first time. (I got to know she was new to electronic sewing machines.) And that was it. I mean, that was all I sewed in my time in Singapore!
On one Saturday the next year, I looked at the sewing machine that had been sitting in the corner of my dining table, never up and running for the last half a year. And I thought to myself, “I don’t think I am gifted in sewing. I don’t think I will ever use it again. Why don’t I give it away to someone who needs it before I leave Singapore?” Then, on the very next day, in my church service, a dear lady came up to the front and shared her beautiful testimony. She said that she started up her new business, after finding her gift in sewing. And she said someone came to her and gave two sewing machines. One was new, and the other was secondhand. In addition to the two sewing machines, that person gave her some money, saying, “You might want to use this when the secondhand machine is broken.” Then, to her surprise, the secondhand sewing machine was broken later, and fixing it cost exactly what she was given from that person. And she continued her testimony, saying she could teach sewing to some ladies to help them become independent, and she showed some of her beautiful works on the screen in the front. While I was listening to her testimony, I felt surprised, thinking to myself, “Maybe it’s Him that gave me the heart to give away my sewing machine yesterday. She would need mine for the ladies she was going to teach.” So, I wanted to reach out to her after the service. I almost lost her in the church, but just a minute before I was about to leave the church, she appeared in front of me.
I said to her, “Hi Mary (I put a pseudonym.), I have a sewing machine home. Could I give it to you?”
She said, “Oh, thank you. But you wouldn’t need it?”
I said, “No, I don’t think I would need it anymore. I used it only once a long ago.”
So, the next Sunday, I brought my sewing machine to the church and gave it to Mary. And she said to me, “You know what, Yunee? Out of the sewing machines I had, an old sewing machine was broken, and the repairman said it couldn’t be fixed at all!” Both of us were so amazed to see how our Lord orchestrated all things and see He provides!
Dear friend, in the midst of bad news on current and future economy, I want to encourage you to trust He is our Provider. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The same God who fed Elijah through the ravens provides you today and will forever. All you need to do is to put your trust in Him.
Have a bliss!
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?