In quietness and trust is your strength. (Isaiah 30:15)
In spite of the sorrow, a burial in Laos often looks like a celebration. Immediately after the death of the sick person, when the ceremonial dirges are over, there is a feast – apparently. Sometimes a film is presented in front of the house of the dead person, preferably a comedy. Inside, people play cards or dice, and there is drinking and talking. It looks as if they are trying to laugh away their distress.
Of course this is not the case. There is sorrow – great sorrow, and they show it when the dirges are sung. But after this, the spiritual world must be given the impression that the dead person has already been received by the good spirits, while the evil spirits must be misled by pretending as if nothing has happened – by means of a comedy, drink and gambling games.
The night after the death, the so-called “death watch,” the whole family sits around the dead body, while outside there is the film and inside there is the drinking and gambling. For Christians, the death watch is an opportunity to testify to the hope and eternal life through Jesus Christ, the risen Lord.
That is what Lung Singh did that night. Outside there was a high wind and Singh looked worried. He called me to a quiet place behind the house. “Will you pray for me?” he asked. “The storm frightens me. I am not afraid myself, but I am worried about my wife and child and our little pile house. I want to stay here and testify, but I can’t keep my mind on it.”
I prayed for him and Singh prayed too. After we prayed he got up and said, “Well, I can go and testify in peace now.” He had presented the problem to the Lord and it was off his shoulders now.
Childlike trust – mature faith – and a divine answer. “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Writer of the Month: Lung Singh from Laos. He did not write his own contributions, but Jan Pit has edited his experiences and remarks and printed them under his name in this devotional. His life story is recorded in the book No Turning Back by Jan Pit, Marshall Pickering, 1985. According to rumors Singh was killed by his brother because of his faith in Jesus Christ.
Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission