Archive for April, 2008

One Among A Million

Monday, April 21st, 2008

One among a million - (Written by Helen J. Qiu; and re-printed with permission by 2 Timothy 4:5. Ms. Qiu is an affiliate of the CMA.)

The annual world famous Boston Marathon event is tomorrow. I met with a family today that the dad is running tomorrow. He is in his late 50s and I admire his strength and discipline. His grown up daughter and his wife will go cheer for him.

Curiously, I asked him, “When you are running, can you hear their cheers?” He said, “Well, last year when I run in Chicago, I turned at the corner and all of a sudden I heard, ‘Dad, Dad’, but the voice was from the other side of the road. I didn’t run across the street to greet her, but I knew it was my daughter.” His wife challenged him, “How do you know the ‘Dad, Dad’ was calling you?” He said, “I can recognize her voice, it is Eli’s voice!” I was amazed, “Wow, out of tens thousands of people, you could just pick up her voice!” He added, “There were literally over a million people watching the run!” I turned to the daughter and said, “Isn’t that wonderful to know your dad could pick up your voice out of a million people?” She happily nodded her head. We laughed and were all very joyful.

Voice — the dad can pick up his daughter’s voice among a million because he is intimately familiar with her voice.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. (Romans 8:26-27)

Voice is one distinctive feature of us being who we are. What is in our hearts is even more distinctive and intimate of us being who we are. If an earthly father, with his limited ability could discern his daughter’s voice among a million, how much more then, our Heavenly Father, with his infinite ability, could discern our voice and the groans of our inner-most beings — the unspoken voice in our heart!


Written by: Helen J. Qiu.
Distribution By: The Office of Minister Qiu.
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2 Timothy 4:5 and the Church Ministry Association (CMA)