A daily dose of God’s touch in a minute…
Goa is popular for offering a vibe comprising of sun, sand, beaches and beer.
In a way, that could be true, but more from a tourist’s perspective.
However, to someone who was born and raised in Goa, the true vibe that is celebrated, apart from the incredible natural beauty of Goa is the spirited mindset and the animated expressiveness of the natives.
A flavour that is ingrained within the spirited character of the local folk, a hidden wisdom, admonition, and instruction expressed through folklore and proverbs.
The older folk have a knack of vocalising it best without stressing over an issue, and without the need of much speech. They have a unique way of articulating their thoughts by injecting local proverbs and folklore in addressing day to day life events.
For instance, I remember whenever news of something good happening for someone was heard, my mother would respond ‘Let the Rooster crow in anyone’s backyard but let there be morning.’
Then finally there was a day when I responded back, ‘Not Always’.
I meant that there should be a time when the Rooster crows first in our backyard too, and our home announces good news instead of always waiting for others to announce good news first.
What I also meant to say was something I wished for.
I wished to not just hear of good things happening for others, but I wanted my family to find good opportunities too.
I wished to not just hear of other people’s celebrations, but I wanted my family to have celebrations too.
I wished not just others to be able to give and be generous, but I wanted to be the one to be able to give too.
In short, I longed to not just receive good news, I wanted to be the one to announce good news too.
Yes, of course!
Isaiah Chapter 60, commands us to rise and shine. And, as if that is not a big enough encouragement, the scripture suggests that there are folks who are going to be waiting on us, eager to follow in the wake of our success.
‘And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.’
Isaiah 60 is a stirring, encouraging masterclass that drives home one strong message; we qualify for good news.
We qualify for good things to happen to us. We qualify for a brighter portion of the sunshine.
We then pay it forward, and as we receive more, we give more, we give generous portions. And as we pass on the goodness, the happiness, the hope, the good news, we create a delightful ripple effect.
It’s time to announce the arrival of the new morning. And that too from our own backyard!
Are you ready?
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.