100 km a Night – A Challenge of Responsibility and God-incidences


As you may know, I tutor several kids who come from a well-off family. Their house is just 5 minutes away from my workplace, and I go to help them with homework and revision every Mondy, Tuesday and Wednesday.

So when they said they’d be shifting to Nusajaya while their old house is being renovated and asked if I could make it, I said I’d try. But now that I have tried, I’ve found that it’s about 50 km one way from my office to their new place!

Well, I expected that I could just cancel the tutoring arrangement at this major inconvenience… But no! Their mum is really concerned about their studies, and does not want to change tutors so close to the kids’ exams in June. Besides, hardly anyone currently stays at the area.

So… Sigh, my sense of obligation and responsibility keep me dedicated to this task. Even though it means that I’ll be travelling 100 km a night, after work, three nights a week, for no or little extra pay. However, I am definitely asking for reimbursement for my petrol (RM 20 per 100 km) or I’m out!

But several things happened that day to seem to show me that God is watching over this whole turn of events… And that I shouldn’t give up so easily like a softie.

Firstly, Mei Yee suddenly smsed me out of the blue about taking care of myself. Seems she had a dream about me and felt concerned.

Secondly, last night I got lost trying to find the new house for the first time, thus missing my appointment. And that’s also when I found out that there was no easy way out, if I were to be responsible then I’d have to keep on teaching. So I called Anne, and she decided to come over to my place to hear me out and comfort me (and bring me curry chicken she cooked). Thanks so much, wonderful love…

As Anne was flipping thru the latest copy of Asian Beacon, a local contemporary Christian magazine, she spotted something. Now this copy I had bought the Sunday before, just a day before this whole 100 km thing, on a whim. The cover of the magazine featured the word SUFFERING, about the main article inside.

And in the article was this excerpt from The Lord of the Rings:

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

———-

That helped me decide to stay the course… After all, it’s just another month of determination! It’s my responsibility.

And I was also thinking to myself earlier, what would they do in my favourite inspiring guy’s manga One Piece? Particularly, Zoro’s advice on being a man? It’s a man’s job… To carry out his duties with sacrifice!

And thirdly, also out of the blue, Mary Ann smsed me (and other people) late at night after I had gone to sleep that the Lord would provide in my time of need – for He is Jehovah Jireh! Had a chat with her on the phone too.

All together, these coincidences timed as they were convinced me that God is in charge of the whole situation, and He is watching over me as He carries out His purpose for all of this happening.

When enough coincidences happen so coincidentally timed and pointing to a certain purpose, then they can’t just have been coincidences. They were God-incidences.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28

UPDATE NIGHT OF 17th: Well, I found the place this time by following the mum’s car from a JB location. Turns out it’s just 80 km or less bak and forth, with some toll. I’ll be reimbursed RM 20 for each time I come by. Praise the LORD!


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