Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • A planned wedding

    Nothing happens to God’s children by accident. As I stand here, minutes before my wedding, looking down the aisle at the beautiful flowers and decorations all over the room, and thinking of the many miracles that made this moment possible, I truly understand how “All things work together for good.”1 But wait—I’m getting ahead of […]

  • The unexpected birthday gift

    I have a dear friend who told me about something that happened on his birthday. His car was in for repairs, and on this particular day he was driving someone in their own car on an all-day excursion. Planning to pick up his car from the shop after his long day’s drive, he brought along […]

  • Why watermelons are blue

    Ever since I was a child, I’ve had a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep. Over the past several years, I’ve gotten considerably better at both through learning various dos and don’ts. On an average night, though, it still takes me as long as 90 minutes to fall asleep—and that’s usually not because I […]

  • Great expectations

    The Bible tells of a time Jesus went back to His hometown. I think it’s one of the saddest stories in the Bible, pretty much summed up in the final verse of the chapter: “He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief.”1 These people knew Jesus. They had watched Him grow […]

  • My very bad week

    One or two things going wrong in my week aren’t the end of the world. I can handle a few bad things. I know that every week has its allotment of issues, and I’m used to dealing with that. I can generally stay quite cheerful and look on the bright side. But last week was […]

  • Another kind of hero

    When I was an idealistic fourteen-year-old, I read a biography of David Brainerd. I loved reading about missionaries like David Livingstone, C. T. Studd, and Amy Carmichael. They seemed to have no trouble inspiring devoted converts who made every sacrifice visibly worthwhile. But Brainerd’s story got off to a tragic start. The reason I remember so […]

  • Six dreams and the making of a man 

    Two dreams were the start of Joseph’s troubles. “Listen to this dream,” Joseph told his 11 brothers. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” In Joseph’s second dream, the sun, the moon, and 11 stars had […]

  • Better than a light

    This earth life is commonly seen as one big highway, winding its way through plains, hills, mountains, valleys, and tunnels. I’ve encountered all of the above plenty of times, and I can confidently say that I like the tunnels least of all. Those are the moments where the future is uncertain and the road ahead […]

  • Trust

    Christians often say things like “You need to have faith,” or “Faith means knowing that God will do it,” or “Trusting means you’re not afraid” or other such phrases that attempt to summarize and define faith. Between us, I can’t relate to any of these statements. Recently, over a cup of coffee, a dear friend […]

  • After the bullets stopped

    I was going through a tough period. People who had offended me were frequently on my mind, and I found myself almost exploding with resentment and anger. The only thing being angry and flustered does, though, is cloud my thinking and perspective. It never solves my problem. My natural reaction is to retaliate and set […]

  • I’m sorry

    For years I monitored children during recess and playground activities. Between all the running, jumping, rowdiness, and good-natured play, someone would often end up getting run into, tripped, shoved, etc. Often the child who had caused the accidents would immediately raise his or her hands and say, “It’s not my fault” or “I didn’t do […]

  • Power to forgive  

    I discovered the power of forgiveness on a July afternoon in 1976. It was during the Idi Amin regime, when Uganda had come to a standstill—careers, the economy, the infrastructure, education, everything. I was a student at Makerere University and also newly married and expecting a baby. Because the university didn’t have any supplies and […]