There is this church near my house; in fact I can see its steeple from my balcony. On dark nights when I see the bright neon coloured cross it gives me a silent assurance that I am not alone and there is Someone out there watching over me. For the day time this church does something unique. Every one hour there is a chime that rings out and a verse from the Bible is read out, in English and Tamil.
Over the last two years we have become familiar with it and we have all learnt to draw some kind of comfort from it. Every hourly chime would remind me of how limited our time is in this world. It rings out the truth I have possibly wasted one more hour of my life moping or thinking of something utterly useless and negative, or possibly the fact that I have put that particular hour to good use. At the end of the day, before I hit the bed I spend a few moments out there in my balcony in silent communion with what that light stands for.
The Bible verses somewhat have a way of resonating with something on our minds at any given point. I have never given it its due but today I just had to. My mind had been gnawing me with something since morning. I was worrying incessantly. Normally I’d resort to hardcore cleaning of the house when I am worried. But having cleaned three bathrooms till they shone I still couldn’t leave behind my agitation. I came out to my balcony to look for the Holy Cross. But since it was daytime I couldn’t see it. Dejected I placed my head on my hand and leaned on the parapet. Almost a minute later the hourly chime rang out followed by the message. And the message was – ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, your Saviour.’ – Isaiah 43:1-3.
I straightened and blinked for few moments. Did I hear right? Yes I did. I am not a Christian but I remembered word by word of that verse! In that moment my worry evaporated into thin air for I believe the Lord had taken it upon Himself. In that moment was also the realisation that I had wasted my time that day by worrying over that which I had no control over. It had merely sapped my energy. Energy I could have used for teaching or writing or that which is going to help me grow.
Our time on this Earth is limited and we have a today. A healthy one at that. Let’s fill it with positivity, happy thoughts and hopes for the future. Let’s believe in ourselves and the abilities God has endowed us with. He has not left us adrift at sea. Let us cherish the moments in the hour, so when the night comes, we walk out with a smile, knowing we lived it fully.