Gladys Staines shares…
Because He lives I can face tomorrow: Singing through the difficult moments
– Gladys Staines
At the age of 16 I went to a school camp where we learnt the song “I know who holds the future and He guides me with His hand. With God things don’t just happen, everything by Him is planned.” This was the beginning of my placing problems in His hands.Later I learnt the song “Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
Coming to India
As I left Australia, knowing that God had called me to be His servant overseas, I knew that no matter what happened, He would be with me. During my preparation time, I recall once making a public statement “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” I also remember another time thinking about my future, including all the scary things; but God spoke to me very clearly, “The safest place to be in is the will of God.” I have seen it proved over the years.India was for me a new country with different language, culture, custom, and food, and it was not an easy experience. At times, it was extremely challenging, but having the assurance that this was where God wanted me, helped me through in those early days.
Through different experiences, I have learned to trust Him- like, when finances were low, we prayed. Before my marriage to Graham, I had come to India with a team of 3 foreign girls. We were on our own, driving a van, and we got into a traffic block at an interstate border crossing – some of you might know the long line ups at the toll booths. We prayed, ‘God, please put your angels around us to protect us from any danger’. We had only helpful people who came near our van and guided us through the jammed traffic. In retrospect, that was a marvellous experience. We knew then that God was with us and was real.God’s Word assures us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb 13:5). He has not forgotten us, though we may, at times, feel like He has. Though we know all of these things in our mind, yet when the testing comes, we feel as though the world around us is collapsing. On 23rd January 1999, I got the news that my husband Graham and two sons Philip, 10 and Timothy, 6, had been killed in Manoharpur village in Keonjhar district, Orissa. It was a terrible feeling.