Faith Journey

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Faith is action, not inaction. It is believing in something or someone, even when it does not make sense to those around us.

My journey of faith happened in 1994 when my daughter was almost 3 years old.   She was a healthy child and rarely got sick. Yet, one day, she came down with high fever that lingered for days despite medicine and treatment of doctors. My limited knowledge on the high fever’s effect on the brain worried me so I decided to take the matter to God. Perhaps it was also my impatience, but I felt that since she has been on the same treatment for days without improvement, a divine intervention was necessary.

I kneeled down and shot a desperate prayer to God. It went something like, “please God if you are there, heal my daughter.” What happened next was not only unexpected. It was incredible! I remember it clearly, the sun had just disappeared below the horizon, when voice said to me, look across the street, I looked and before me was a new building, which was erected a year before. I noticed the painting was coming off and thought in response that it needed to be repainted. Again the voice led my eyes farther to Saipan Hotel where I could see people riding class elevator up and down. I turned my eyes to the left and in front of me was a silhouette of palm leave swaying in the breeze.  Gently the voice led me to survey the starry blue sky. I stood gazing in awe, perhaps for the very first time, I recognized the intricacy of the celestial beauty. Then the still small voice said, “the work of man is temporary, but the work of God is eternal.” I stood in silence, not understanding what was happening, yet not wanting to break the moment. Everything was still, then I thought, “this is too profound for me, and too good for Satan, so that leaves one other being———- GOD. Does God talk to men (human beings)?

I am not sure how long I spent on the balcony, but when I went in the house, my daughter was sleeping soundly. She had been healed. The fever had left her. I was hyped and intent on finding out about the still small voice.

Though I have always believed in God because I witnessed the faith of my parents, this incident marked my own journey of faith. I read the Bible in its entirety for the first time and found the passage which God paraphrased to me. It is in 2 Corinthians 4:18 – So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

On April 01 this year, 15 young people from Norway, Germany, Canada, and the United States arrived Palau in the wee hours of the morning. God had spoken to them and they left their homes and went to Kona, (YWAM-U of N, where I once was). From there, God led them to Palau where we met, shared the love of God and just enjoyed in our sonship with the Almighty. Amazing! It was refreshing to see them walking, where I once walked, yet every footprint is personalized by the gifts that Papa has uniquely bestowed. I expect more as my faith journey continues.

 

 

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