Sunday, 11 December 2011


Yesterday, I was invited by Cynthia Fernandes to set up my table to do caricatures for her 'Cynthia Business Club' (CBC) for women. The bazaar was held at the Satwa Park from 11 am to 6 pm. Cynthia is known to most Indians living here in Dubai for her selfless work in providing jobs to jobseekers (free of cost). From the time she lost her husband, she mustered all the courage and determination and made a firm resolution to do everything possible to survive through the ordeal of providing for her two children. Today, she is a successful business woman and looks back at what the Lord has done for her. She declares that the Lord has taken her right THROUGH her storm and now, she stands firm in her faith in Jesus, no matter what situation tries to shake her from the Love for Christ.
Yesterday’s bazaar was not on of those hustling-bustling ‘flea markets’ I’ve been to in Dubai. Whilst I did a few caricatures (mostly for children), I had the opportunity to minister to many over there. There was a fat Filipina clown who was making the children laugh with her antics and her amazing skill with making various forms with balloons. I kept watching her and suddenly the Holy Spirit urged me to speak to her.
Funny thing is that I didn’t even have to leave my table. She just came to me like as if the Holy Spirit led her to me. I looked at her and I said, “Sister, behind all the laughter and smiles, there is deep sorrow, pain and regret. The Lord wants to heal you and your situation”.
She just choked on her own words and said that she wanted to go away and cry. Later, she came back and I explained to her Hebrews 11:1 - ‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the assurance of things not yet seen’.
She said, ‘I never knew that I can pray ‘believing like I’ve already received it!’ She went away believing. This time with true joy!
Another noteworthy thing that happened yesterday was this: When I arrived at the park, with my sister-in-law and her daughter (Lorine was busy dropping Leroy to the football field), the best places were already chosen by the 11 ‘early birds’. So I settled for a place in a far corner and praised the Lord for it. Couple of hours later, I realized that I was blest with wonderful shade from surrounding trees while the sun was bearing down on the rest. Feeling sorry for them I began making place for others who were suffering in the heat. I had not sold many books and just a few children had their caricatures done. But I kept thanking and praising God for the beautiful shade and rest he was giving me. Towards the end of the evening, the Editor and Director of a women’s magazine came by and chatted with me. Little did I know that the Lord was going to bless me again! This lady not only bought books but is giving me 10 stories to illustrate! Also, she will be placing bulk orders for my children’s books too!
Most times when situations are going against us, don’t look at them with your ‘worldly vision’ but rather look with your ‘spiritual sight’. Keep praising God in everything you do. Acknowledge Him and do not lean onto your own understanding. Meditate on His scriptures. Memorise some of His promises to his people and hold fast to them. He will surely make your path prosperous (Read Joshua 1:8/ Psalm 1)
Psalm 1
 1 Blessed is the one
   who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
   or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
   and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
   which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
   whatever they do prospers.

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