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The best birthday present ― Christine SK Lai

MAY 4 ― I am not one to bother much about birthdays. That explains why apart from family and close friends, you won’t find me sharing celebratory greetings all over social FB every time a birthday reminder comes into my mail. In fact I am guilty of forgetting (unintentionally of course) some of my closest friends’ birthdays, and even mixing up those of my own kids ― that’s old aunty for you.

But for once, I am very excited about my birthday this year, coming right on the heels of GE 13. Quite apart from the fact that I get a specially declared day off (thanks to the MB of Selangor), I know it will be a day to celebrate not just a new age for me, but a new era for my country. To paraphrase Shakespeare a bit, “Something is brewing in the nation of Malaysia.” And it’s not about which party gets to win the mother of all elections ― that’s only one side of the coin. The other side has God stamped all over it. These are exciting times to be a Christian, at least for me. I have read about revival, heard sermons about revival, seen pictures about revival and for the past few months prayed for revival unceasingly ― alone, in cell, in churches, in my workplace. Indeed there have been unprecedented prayer meetings in churches throughout the length and breadth of the nation, even as non-Malaysian Christians overseas have been praying for and prophesying over Malaysia long before the election date was announced. The angels of heaven must be pretty busy handling all the petitions for Malaysia rising up from earth. I dare say never before has there been such concerted prayer uniting the churches of the land in 1 body, in 1 accord, in 1 heart, in 1 spirit.

Why should God be interested in puny Malaysia? We are just a dot on the globe. Bottom line is simply because He loves Malaysia and has got a special plan for her. And I am so excited that it’s all unfolding in my life-time; I sense I am standing on the cusp of a revival, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world. Malaysia has seen 1 revival in 1984  in Ba’kalalan, a cluster of villages located near the Sarawak/Sabah/Kalimantan border, some 2,700 feet above sea level. Witnesses testified of miracles, unusual signs and wonders ― angelic visitations, water changed to oil, rice to flour, fireballs and stars of fire lit up in the sky then. And somewhere in the mountains of East Malaysia, word is out that it’s happening again... in this day and age. It may be small, it may go unnoticed (at least for now) but it’s the start of the fulfilment of what God has promised to the original “sons of the land” ― that He will restore unto them all the years the locusts have eaten. And once started, there’s no stopping God. Like a mighty river of life, the spirit of revival will flow through and flood this land ― from east to west, from north to south ― to bring forth blessing upon blessing.

Many prayers are being prayed for Malaysia, but one resonates in my heart, that a pastor called the “never again” and “no more delay” prayer ― never again the divisive spirit of racism that pits a Malaysian against another fellow Malaysian on the basis of skin-colour. Never again allow corruption to rear its ugly head. Never again, the oppression of the poor and marginalized in society. Let there be no more delay to the rule of freedom, justice, righteousness and unity in Malaysia. No more delay in implementing good governance, transparency, accountability and best practices.

Heck, it seems lifted out of a party manifesto, and indeed it would be another ceramah speech if it was addressed to a crowd of mortals at a some political rally or other. But when it’s addressed to the Almighty God of heaven and earth, it is a heart’s prayer that ascends to the throne-room of grace and finds a ready answer. Surely He must hear and He will answer, for surely enough is enough, and the God of all justice and righteousness must act for His own name sake. Surely the time is now, today is the day of salvation. After all He promised it: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land”

Yes, come May 6, whatever the results of the election, I will have the best birthday present I have ever had in my 53 years of  life as a Malaysian citizen ― a new government ― a new hope realized, a vision come to pass of better things for a new tomorrow in the land of my birth. God bless Malaysia.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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