Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Coincidence? I Think Not!

I have two stories to tell that join up at the end.

Story Number 1

My Mum sent me a box of goodies from home recently. Now Korea has a rule that if the value of the box is over US$150 you will be charged duty. So Mum carefully made sure that the box was not worth more than that.

I got notice that my box was being inspected by customs on a Monday and by the Wednesday of the same week I was informed that I would be charged approximately $50. I called and discovered that when they calculate the value of the box they include the cost of postage. That seems incredible unfair to me, but there is nothing that I could do about it. So I paid the fee and my box was delivered later in the week. 

And I am now enjoying the goodies :-) Thank you Mum.

Story Number 2

On the same Monday as the story above a friend messaged me and said that they had agreed to help someone on Monday and something had come up and they were unable to do it. Would I be willing to go and do it for them. Now the task was to stand at a school gate and hand out leaflets to the students as they left school for the day. I hate, hate, hate handing out stuff. I always feel like I'm forcing people to take something they don't want. So I said "NO, I don't want to do it."

But then I started thinking about Jesus says that if someone asks us to go one mile we should go two, or if they ask for our cloak we should give them our coat too. And I knew that this was something I had to do. Sometimes to be the person I want to be I have to do things I don't want to. Anyway I messaged my friend back and said "Yes, ok I'll do it." And I prayed that God would change my heart, and He did.

Now the handing out stuff was on Wednesday - the same Wednesday I was being charged for the box from my Mum. I went to the school and it turned out that what we were handing out was these really cute fans which had whistles in the handles and the advertising was a sticker stuck on the fan. The kids actually wanted them, they were lining up and asking for them. 

Stories Joining Up

The lady paid me. I had not expected that, I was just doing it as a favour. And after I took out the tithe from what she gave me, the amount was almost the exact amount that I was charged for my box.

God is Good.



Sunday, 10 July 2016

Today

Today ...

I was trying to get to church extra early today and had two trains and a bus to catch to get there. So praying to get each I set out from my house. 

Made the first train with 3 seconds to spare - was opening it's doors as I ran down the steps to the subway platform. 

Was despairing of catching the second train until I arrived at the station and realised I had about 5 mins to make a 6 min transfer. So with a prayer I decided 'let's give this a go.' "God please make the train leave late." 

Raced along as fast as I could, up the stairs, along the corridors, up the escalators, and into the main hall of the KTX train station. (Those are the express non-stop extra fast trains.) and saw the clock tick to my departure time - but the train was still on the board. "God make the train leave at the end of the minute not the start, please." 

Made a point of remembering the platform number in case it was removed from the board and kept running. Got to the steps down to the platform and the train was still there. With the conductor by the door and a whistle in his mouth. Picture me running down the stairs waving at the guard trying to indicate that I want to be in this train. 

Was almost at the bottom when I saw two other people casually strowling along the side of the train, suitcases in tow looking for their carriage. God bless slow people. Climbed in the train directly behind the slow slow people but before the guard and paid for my ticket as the train pulled away from the station. 

Amazingly I was able to get a seat and not a standing ticket which was an added bonus. 

Got off the train an hour later and hurried through the station towards the bus stop. Didn't see the Korean man who started to follow me. 

Outside the station saw an unexpected friend who had also arrived early. We walked to the bus stop together, unobserved Korean man somewhere behind us. Climbed on the bus and the man got on too. Chatted until we got to our stop then got off. 

I did notice the man get off but thought nothing of it because I didn't know he'd been following me. Thought nothing of it when he turned off the main road at the same place we did. However I did think it was strange when he turned into the building where our church is located in the third floor. Was even more strange when he climbed the stairs to the third floor. And then he waited while I unlocked the church and he followed us in, sat down and started to pray ...

At lunch time our Korean Pastor was talking to him and found out the other half of the story. 

The man had been planning to come to our church but wasn't sure how to get there. He saw me walking through the train station and thought "She looks like an Adventist." So he decided to follow me....

I'm not sure what an Adventist looks like but apparently I'm it. 

So many things could have stopped this man from getting to church today, but God is in charge of timing and we can trust Him.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Definitely Not A Happy Day

So I am of course having lots of happy things happen I just haven't been blogging about them.

However today is already definitely not a happy day - am blogging about it because it is so funny, and also kind of very grossly horrific!!

Last night I dreamed a dream ...

I dreamed that some ultra religious people I know here in Korea (not naming any names ^^) had started a business, and they wanted me to join them. It was a cooking business. But after a short time I discovered the true nature of their business.

They were kidnapping people and turning them into pies.

(Also, strangely, their kitchen was set in a jungle gym...)

I'm not sure what horrified me more, the idea that possibly I might become a pie, or the thought that maybe they wanted me to help them produce more pies.


Suffice to say, today I do not want to eat anything remotely pie-ish!!!!