What Would Your Answer Be?

Laszlo Dalnoki, Hungary

For the past two years I have lived in Passau, Bavaria (Germany), where I am obliged to stay because of the treatments that I need every other day at the Dialysis Center. I often listen to broadcasts from radio station Bavaria 1. On a Saturday, while getting my treatment, I heard a Bavaria 1 moderator pose the following question to his listeners, as he made spontaneous phone calls: “What was the best experience or highlight of your week?”

Of course, there were a variety of answers. One man said the nicest event was going to dinner with his family at an Italian restaurant, where they had excellent food and wine. A woman was happiest about the fact that she had gotten eight specialty chickens with dotted feathers for her homestead. Another listener was thrilled about a Rolling Stones concert he had been able to attend in Munich. Yet another one mentioned having won a cruise as the highlight of his week.

As I listened to all this, I asked myself: what was the greatest experience of my week? I started thinking about the events of the last few days. Usually I get up around 7 o’clock, have my coffee, read the Bible, send one or two emails, and eat breakfast. After that I work on translations of Midnight Call articles and literature into Hungarian. And, weather permitting, then I like to sit on the porch in the sun. After lunch, the afternoon usually goes by fairly quick and in always the same manner. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I have morning dialysis, which takes up half the day. The process is accompanied by quite a bit of discomfort: my knees and spine ache, my blood pressure is low, etc. In other words, my life at present has become rather restricted. If the radio host had asked me for the highlight of my week, I may not have had a ready answer… As I was meditating on these things, I suddenly realized: each day is a miracle and an amazing experience. That I am still alive despite my chronic illness is reason to thank the Lord. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).

It was God’s leading that I fell ill two years ago, when I happened to be in Passau where I could have an operation and receive excellent treatment and care. “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth” (Jeremiah 33:6).

My grandchildren, who live close by, visit several times a week and bring much joy to my life. My son and daughter-in-law help me whenever necessary. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13). I am still able to take care of myself, can make my own lunch and cook dinner. “…They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). It is also an amazing experience when I can sit outside on the porch, enjoying the peace and quiet. “And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places” (Isaiah 32:18).

The Lord is the one who supplies all my needs, and I can still do the translation work. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Matthew 24:46). I can truthfully say that God provides for me day by day and grants me this favor. “According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3).

Yes, that’s it. All this I could have related if the radio talk show host had asked me. What does it mean, the greatest experience of the week? The grace of the Lord is shed daily over me and each one who believes in Jesus Christ. Through His divine power every day can become a Sunday.

Dear friends, what was the highlight of the week for you? What answer would you give? I am certain that you wouldn’t have to ponder very long—even if it may seem that your life is monotonous and boring, or as though your portion is only struggle and suffering. The longer we reflect, the more we find God’s grace in everything—the grace which can then move you to thanksgiving, as it did me. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19).

Midnight Call - 04/2018

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