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Summary: TO INSPIRE A SPIRIT OF AWE AND WORSHIP IN THE READERS BY FOCUSING UPON ONE OF THE MANY UNIQUE TRAITS IN OUR SINGULAR GOD...I,E...HE IS A GOD OF "SURPRISES"...

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"DO DISTURB" SIGN…!!!

First things first. Why was man created? Let the revered Christian document namely the West minister catechism give the answer “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.” And when it comes to magnifying Him, we need to do that JUST FOR WHAT HE IS rather than for what we get from Him for this kind of selfless worship is natural, spontaneous and comes with no strings attached. In this movie…opps…I mean essay, I propose to bring to the fore HIS UNIQUE ABILITY TO SURPRISE US WITH SOME OF HIS UNIQUE QUALITIES not normally seen in the great leaders of our perishable world. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION…

Scene one…

There I was between the devil and the deep blue sea (many years ago during my secular stint of 13 years in the Indian oil sector) pacing nervously in the Hotel aisle, peering frighteningly at the “Do not disturb” sign, unable to decide whether to thumb the Room doorbell or not. Let me present the backdrop to the scene. During one of our Company’s conferences’ in a reputed Hotel in Hyderabad (where I was posted at that time), our firm’s senior director was suddenly taken ill. A doctor was summoned by the Hotel management, problem thankfully diagnosed as “not serious” but as something “mild” resulting from excessive stress and the VIP patient duly advised some much-needed rest. Lo and behold, after three hours our branch office at Hyderabad gets a fax message from the Head Office (blissfully oblivious about the developments in Hyderabad), seeking our Director’s advice on an urgent matter and on one Mr. Suresh Manoharan, the ever loyal foot soldier (read field officer) fell the onerous responsibility of disturbing an indisposed VIP with a message bearing “SOS” overtones. The dilemma would not have been acute, if the fax message had arrived say two hours before. I would not have even entertained an idea of disturbing the resting “General of our troops” who had taken just “one hour” rest but please understand, in my calculating mind now the “Captain of the army” had been cooling his heels for good three hours… so should he not be disturbed to address an emergency?

How I solved (actual modus operandi) the pressing problem with minimal damage to all concerned is beyond the scope of this essay but suffice it to say, I rang the doorbell of the Creator Himself (prayed) to help me in this sticky situation and He promptly gave me (HE WAS NOT RESTNG, YOU SEE ) the wisdom to sort out the knotty issue in no time. Ah the dangling, diabolic, sinister-looking (at that time, that is) “Do not disturb” sign! It refuses to go away from my mind!!!

Amazing isn’t it, the “Director of the universe” never puts out a disturbing “Do not disturb sign” before His Sanctum sanctorum to anyone seeking His help? Consider this verse

“…Take no rest, all you who pray to the LORD.


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