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In the dark
devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Monday, Apr 18, 2022

Clearing dawn

Ruth 3: 2 "Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight. 3 "Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor..”

We had to travel around two hours in the public bus to reach the meeting venue which was a remote village.  We did not anticipate severe mosquito bites which was actually pricking my legs all through the journey, the crowd was jam-packed and I was unable to even shake my legs.   When we finally reached the village it was pitch dark around 8 pm, no street lights, as we stood there tired, exhausted and depleted of all energy, we found  2 church members standing at the bus stop.  One of them gave his bike to us and told us to follow them, it was eerie to ride in a new place with no lights.  Faithfully my husband followed the bike and we reached the church venue.

The church was abuzz with activity with church members getting the church ready for the next day prayer meetings.  We entered the house of the pastor which was very tiny with two rooms, after dinner we were made to sleep in one room while the pastor, his wife and his two small girls slept in the other room.  There was another great challenge, if I wanted to use the toilet, I have to go outside the house and walk in the dark to the far end of the corner.  Very early the next day, my husband and I woke up to pray and found the pastor and his family already at work, cooking food for the convention meeting.  As sunrise was slowly dispelling the darkness of the night, the pastor invited us to come out for coffee.  His two little girls woke up and wished us ‘praise the Lord’ cheerfully.  When we stepped out of his small house, what we saw was sheer DELIGHT!  His small house was built in the midst of a vast acre of land with mountains all around, enormous number of trees and garden.  We saw rabbits running around, birds, chicks, turkeys , puppies and whole lot of other lovely things that made the place look like a little heaven. 

Since we were very tired the previous night when we arrived and since it was already too late, the pastor took us inside to rest immediately after food.  We were served coffee in the garden as we sat in the midst of huge trees, we could see the Hands of God giving us a great treat.  Actually since my husband and I were working very hard in the ministry, this break was planned by God for us, the pastor’s family refused to send us on the same day, he took our clothes for washing and extended our stay and the meetings.  Friend, through this experience of my mine, I would like to tell you that God is working for you in the dark.  When Ruth travelled to the house of Boaz in the dark, imagine the pain and loneliness that she might have felt,  little did she know that he was going to become her care taker and husband.  It’s always darkest before dawn.

Never lose hope.

 

ANBE AZHAGE-SHALINA.SAMSON
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