The Coming of Titus

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

Reflection was based on this Sunday’s readings.

I recently had a doctor’s appointment and the mammogram was abnormal.

The doctor wanted more testing.  So I scheduled the appointment.  During the period of waiting, prayers were said asking for a normal result.

So I went to the hospital this week to get the additional tests.  After the additional mammogram images were taken, the radiology technician asked me to wait again because the doctor had to see the result of the exam.  After awhile, another technician came and escorted me for an ultrasound.  “Another test?”, I thought to myself.  My heart sank a little bit…  After the ultrasound was done, I was again asked to wait.  After about 5 minutes, she came back and said the results were negative!  I was so happy and relieved by the result.

When you’re in the middle of the storm in your life like this… when you’re being tested…it can be difficult to activate your faith.  I know because I was just in it.  And I learned 2 important lessons in helping to strengthen one’s faith.

I’ve learned faith is like a seed that needs water and sunshine to grow.

First, faith needs to be watered by the word of God.  The Bible states in Romans 10:17, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

When I wrote last week’s blog post, one of the readers advised me to read Psalm 91.  It’s a beautiful and bold Psalm about how God’s power will protect and save you.  I thank God for Adeleke for giving me this word.  It now has a special place in my heart.

And this brings me to the second lesson about growing faith – it needs sunshine to grow.  And that sunshine comes from the support of family members, friends and community.

I remember someone once told me the members of community are like candles.  When your light becomes dim and flickers, another member of the community can come close to you and make your light shine brighter again.

It’s difficult to wait for God’s answers sometimes.  And I don’t like waiting.  Because thoughts can come streaming through one’s mind that can dim the light of faith inside of you.  When it happens, it’s being with supportive loved ones who can fan the flame of faith inside of you that really helps.

Yesterday, I attended a Catholic Charismatic conference and during one talk, Tom Mangan asked, “How would you complete this sentence – I am comforted by God by _______.”  There was a pause as he gave the audience a chance to think of answers to complete the sentence.

He then said God’s word to him was “I am comforted by God by the coming of Titus.”  St. Titus was a very trusted friend of St. Paul in the New Testament.  He said when St. Paul learned St. Titus was coming, he was excited to see him.  St. Paul had many challenges and he also needed the comfort of friends and community.

You’re all my friends.  And I received comfort from your words, prayers and faith.  And I thank you from the bottom of my heart!   As you continue to read my sharings, may you be blessed as well.  And let’s continue to be an online community of support.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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34 thoughts on “The Coming of Titus

  1. I’m glad that you’re happy with the results. It’s never easy to wait for results about your health and I can only imagine what you felt during that time.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your prayers and support! This period of waiting reminded me of a verse in the Bible: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.

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  2. Adverse situations teach us to seek God’s help. In this case, you received the answer you were praying for. Unfortunately, not everyone gets a good answer. What will you counsel these people who get a positive result in their tests? This is very hard to do.

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    1. That is very true, Fred. I’m glad you brought that up. If my test turned out positive I don’t think there’s anything that would provide me complete comfort. The presence of family members and friends is more important than any words uttered.

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  3. that is great news on the results, nerve wrecking though! whether people believe in god or not, as long as you’re positive, positive things will happen

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  4. Faith is very important especially for those who are in pain and those that are on the dark side in life. Eventually, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s hard to be sick so getting surrounded with people who care for us is uplifting.

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    1. Thank you, Rochkirstin! I work with sick patients so this experience helps me empathize with them even more. I hope God continues to make a way for me to reach out to more patients.

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  5. I`m glad that the online community gave you positive encouragement. I don`t know exactly what happened to you but I hope and pray that you will always have the faith in you to keep going in life. May God help and bless you.

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  6. All glory be to God. I’m very happy as you to know that the greatest physician – Almighty God has perfectly healed you. His grace is sufficient for you and us all. Psalm 91 has been my fav scripture since childhood days. I prophesy it to my life and it works wonders in my life. Do continue to wax stronger reading it. Remain blessed, Gigi!

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  7. I cannot imagine having to wait for lab results like these. These would be the longest several minutes of my life. Am sure it is such a relief that the tests turned out negative! Being in the pink of health is but one of the many wonderful blessings that our God bestowed on us.

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