The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about so many changes in our lives. Some changes are hopefully temporary while others are here to linger on. While many are waiting for Schools and Colleges to reopen so that the Online Classes would come to a halt. Some others just want to resume their travels to different destinations which are in the bucket-list. Few others are waiting for the conditions to improve so that they can have their Weddings with a witness-strength not restricted to 50 or 100.

Behind The Mask / English(Merlyn Rachel Mathew)

Amidst all these higher concerns, comes an unusual restriction. Did we ever imagine that’s we would be forced to hide our beautiful smiles? Not wearing a mask attracts hefty penalty in different denominations, all over the World. Despite saying that “Eyes speak volumes” and “Eyes speak more than words”; the real value of the mouth and nose were realized when they got hidden. We got to understand that the beauty of communication lies in the harmony of all these organs. Sometimes, we fail to understand the actual feel of the speaker because they get hidden behind the mask.
Obviously, these restrictions are for our benefit and the safety of all. But there are surely negative impacts to every restriction which hinders the natural order of things. As we hope for things to get back to normal, let us go through some of the benefits or consequences of some actions that were “hidden”. When the hidden is revealed, beauty multiplies.

The power behind the hidden sight

So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:16- 17).

Dear Ones, many a times we are not aware of the Strength that is on our side. We are afraid of the challenges that the World throws at us because we are blind of the Supreme Power that is protecting us. The Power within us is greater than the problems around us.

Moreover, it is easy to foresee the bounty of Spiritual blessings and run after material gains which never satisfy. The more we get, the more we want for our selfish desires. The Lord with us is sufficient. It is rightly said, “ If the Lord is all you have, you have all you need.”

The companion along the blinded journey

“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him.” (Luke 24: 31).

That was a long journey. The walk to Emmaus. The two disciples, talked and discussed and later they even had dinner with the risen Lord. Still, they didn’t recognize him. Just imagine their astonishment once their eyes were opened! Alas, if only they would have known it earlier! What a beautiful journey it would have been. How often do we walk this life without thinking that Christ is walking with us? How sad it is when we are of the Lord, yet without the Lord. Saying that we are God’s children, but living our life as we wish.

It’s high time to examine our Companionship. Our creator surely knows us more than anyone else. But he wants to hear from us. He asked the disciples, ” What are you discussing? Why are you sad? As if he didn’t know the reason! He knows us as we are. But he wants to hear from us. That fellowship is what he expects. If only we would share all our feelings, happiness, worries and cares at His feet. Let’s not be blinded with our Earthly concerns and ignorant about the presence of a living God with us.

The ray of hope beyond captivity

“And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:2-3).
This little Captive girl shared the light of hope to Naaman. She shared the little that she knew. How is our Communication with the people we are associated with? Are we eager to gossip and share news that is absolutely of no worth? Have we shared the Love of Christ with our friends? Do our words make or break?

Our testimony is of utmost worth. Let us not be merged with the World, compromising with all the pleasures that it has to offer. We are to shine as light in this hopeless World guiding others towards the living eternal light. You are placed where you are, to be His witness, with your words and deeds. Let your life be radiant with the love of Christ.

The joy behind closed doors

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:6).

With the advance if technology, we have the whole World in our finger tips. As youth, it is a matter of concern how much we are faithful to the lord. What does the Lord require from us? Are we wasting our time scrolling through Instagram feeds, Facebook posts or non- sensical videos in YouTube? Well, we have a Lord who is eagerly waiting to hear our voice and enjoy our praise.

Behind our closed doors, in our private life, where does our joy lie? Is it the pomp and colour of this World or the Grandeur of our Saviour that attracts us more? Let us kneel down in His presence so that we can stand against the pressures of this World. God honours those who honour him. He loves you and wants you to be an example before others as well as in your private life.

“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).
God desires that we live our lives with a clear conscience, according to His will. Let us be excited in sharing the Eternal hope and uplifting each other. May our real joy be in scanning through verses rather than scrolling through posts. It is time we draw near to Him. He has promised never to leave you nor forsake you. Entrust your life in the Supreme power who is also your personal Redeemer and friend.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).