All the Small Things

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While driving down the road for morning Mass, I saw that dreaded white flash which all drivers fear. I was shocked, and immediately thought — oh no, that was a speed camera flash for sure.

Of course, looking back, I did not have anyone to blame but myself. I was traveling at 80km/hr even though the speed limit was just 60km/hr. But at that moment, I couldn’t help but pass a remark out loud: “I made the effort to get to early morning Mass, and now I’m caught for speeding!”
Nonetheless, I prayed hard that I would be let off.

The letter indeed came, and lo and behold, I was just given a warning, instead of a $150 fine and 4 demerit points. God is indeed merciful and kind. Despite me passing a remark that blamed God first instead of my own carelessness, I was still let off.

I was no different from Adam when he was confronted by God: “The woman whom YOU gave to me, she gave me the fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Gen 3:12) His complaint was twofold — one towards God, one towards Eve. The bottom line was, he did not blame himself first, much like I did for my speeding.

Regardless, God is ever so compassionate despite our shortcomings, failures and let-downs. He is always ready to help and redeem us. Even in all the small things.


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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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