Friday, February 22, 2013

My Great Barrier Reef

One of the best perks about living in Vanuatu is the access we have to the ocean; it quite literally is in our backyard. I don't really like to swim in the ocean, but I love to sit on the shore and just gaze out across the water and enjoy the beautiful landscape God designed. There are two small islands just east of us that make for an incredible view.

Tonight, when I went out to enjoy the view, I again noticed the waves coming in off the ocean. They would come in fairly large, probably about two or three feet tall, until they got about fifty feet from shore, where they would crash against the coral reef that encompasses our little cove. From there, the water would roll in much more smoothly until it hit the beach. That got me thinking. That reef is like God and the way He protects us. When there are huge waves coming off the ocean of life trying to crash hard against our shore, God stands out from the shore and lets the strength of the wave crash against Him. Then a small surge comes up the shore. Oftentimes, we will look at the small amount of surge that hits our shore and wonder why God has allowed such problems into our lives. Why couldn't God have removed these problems we're facing? Why did He allow these things to happen to us? Little do we realize that He has already faced the brunt of the waves on our behalf. He has tempered the amount of surge allowed to come our way. Instead of asking why He has allowed these problems, we should be thanking Him for all the trials He has not allowed to come our way.


  1. Hey girl! Great to see you have a blog! So excited for you as you serve in Vanuatu! May the Lord continue to bless you richly. Love you! Jen (Byerly)

  2. Egyptologist, Dr Maurice Bucaille stayed up all this night gazing at Pharaoh’s body, thinking deeply of what his fellow researcher told him about the Muslims’ Qur’an explicitly establishing that this body was recovered after drowning, while the Christians’ Gospel (Matthew and Luca) narrated only the story of Pharaoh when he was chasing Prophet Moses/Musa (alaih salam/peace and blesings be upon him) without mentioning the fate of his body at all.

    “Is it believable that Holy Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam/peace and blessings be upon him) knew about this over 1,000 years ago while I have only just known it?” he thought.Maurice spent a sleepless night, and asked for a version of the Torah. But it only furthered Bucaille’s astonishment; since even Torah did not narrate that
    the body was recovered and remained intact due to the processing and restoration, which it did undergo.

    France sent back the mummy to Egypt in a splendid glass coffin. But, since he knew about the story circulated by Muslims on the intactness of this body,he decided to pack his baggage and travel to Saudi Arabia where a medical conference happened to be held with a galaxy of Muslim anatomists attending.
    There, told them about his discovery, i.e. that Pharaoh’s body was kept intact even after he drowned. One of the conferees opened the Qur’an and read out the Ayah(verse) in which Allah Almighty said,

    In the name of Allah,the Most Compassionate the Most Merciful.

    “So today We will save you in body that you may be to those who succeed you a sign. And indeed, many among the people, of Our signs, are heedless.” Holy Quran 10:92

    In his excitement, he stood before the attendants and loudly said, “I have converted to Islam and believed in this Qur’an.”Back to France, Maurice Bucaille spent 10 years conducting a study as to how far the recently scientific facts match that mentioned in the Holy Qur’an,trying to reassure himself that the Qur’an has never contradicted with any single scientific fact, so that he eventually came up with the conclusion that

    Allah Almighty said of the Qur’an, “Untruth does not come up to it before (Literally: between its two hands) it nor from behind it; a successive sending down from (One) Ever-Wise, Ever-Praiseworthy.”

    He came up with a earth shaking book on the Holy Qur’an which jolted the entire Western states, with the title of the book reading, “The Bible, The Qur’an and Science, The Holy Scriptures Examined In The Light Of Modern Knowledge.”

    He has authored another book titled, "THE ORIGIN OF MAN". It comprised Quranic explanations of some of the queries raised much earlier than the period when those queries were logically and satisfactorily resolved by scientific experimentation, to be fully in conformity with the explanations provided by Quran about 1500 years before. The Church acknowledged and accepted these researches of Dr. Bucaille to be a valuable contribution to human knowledge and the author became famous all over the world, like Cambridge, and Oxford Universities in U.K. & Yale and Harvard in USA. He was invited to give Extension Lectures in their academic institutions. By dint of his Quranic thought, and by virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic approach to Quranic thought, and by virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic discussion and research work, Dr. Bucaille has converted a number of high ranking scholars to agree with him and to subscribe to his view that the Quran is a Divine Book, not authored by any human being and actually a Book of
    Revelations from Almighty God to His Last Prophet, Mohammed, (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam/peace and blessings be upon him)