Just got back from church camp at Putrajaya KL. We spent 4 days there and the theme was Sermon on the Mount. There were many lessons learned from the daily teachings and discussions. But I want to recount a personal encounter which blessed my heart.
On the last night of the camp, while waiting for dinner to start, I walked by GT and LC. I sat down next to them and asked what they think of and learn from the camp. LC is visually impaired and when one talks with her, you can’t be sure if she is listening, she does not focus her eyes on you. She cannot. We tend to talk with eye contact. Do we have a problem talking with someone who cannot maintain eye contact? I think I do, I speak more slowly and with simple words and short sentences. This may not be right since the person may hear well and is not mentally challenged.
But LC is timid and not confident of speaking. Nevertheless she shared with me that she is thankful to GOD for teaching her to be dependent on Him – He is sufficient. I did not ask her to explain and did not want to question her simple sharing. Thinking that she is unable. I was wrong.
At dinnertime, I sat next to LC’s elderly aunt GT who has just gone through a heart bypass and was hospitalised for kidney failure. By GOD’s grace GT is now physically well and mobile. GT tells me that LC was very anxious over her health. LC has no other family member and cannot see how she can live on without her elderly aunt. She has real worries!
At the camp sharing, later in the evening, I was amazed that LC inspite of her timidity, stood up to give thanks to GOD and in her almost inaudible voice spoke the assurance of her learning – Do not worry about tomorrow (Matt 6:31-34). She did not explain her situation and link it to what she learned about not to worry etc. It really did not matter. It was just her sincere expression of thanks to GOD that really count.
As I reflect on all the sharing made that evening, in my heart I felt this simple expression of thanks would most truly be pleasing to our Heavenly Father. She is just like the woman who had nothing but 2 copper coins and she offered it. Dear LC has nothing, no eloquence, no courage, never stood up in public, except this instance her momentary “boldness” she gave her all.
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.