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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 164

Let go…

Date of Web Publication18-May-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/0973-4651.206529

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. Let go…. Curr Med Issues 2017;15:164

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. Let go…. Curr Med Issues [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 May 24];15:164. Available from: https://www.cmijournal.org/text.asp?2017/15/2/164/206529

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

Richard Anderson was the son of Morten Anderson and his wife Ellen, Danish missionaries who served in the region of Danishpet (near Salem in Tamilnadu) in the late 1890s. Ellen was a trained doctor and was involved in treating illnesses of the surrounding villages. Malaria was endemic and infectious diseases like cholera and typhoid abounded. One morning, Dr. Ellen was called to a neighboring village 5 miles away to see a woman who was very sick. A duty 'call' of such a nature in the late 19th century meant long periods of travel. Since she had not returned by evening, her husband Morten set out with young Richard on horseback to meet her on the main road. Little Richard was overjoyed on seeing his mother and they decided to return through a short cut to save time. Richard was put on the horse in front while the parents walked behind. It was getting late in the evening and darkness soon surrounded the family. They were about 400 yards away from their house when Richard guided his horse into a wrong turn and before long was completely lost and unable to see anything around him. Frantic and desperate, the child held on to the reins tight and called out but got no response. After some time, he heard his Father's voice, “Son, take your hands off the bridle and let the horse go!” Richard did so , the horse promptly took an about-turn and was on the right path within minutes, taking him home safely.

There is a little lesson in this century old story. It is often a temptation to hold on to our reins and feel like we are in control of our life at all times. There are times however, when we will have to let go and trust in God who is infinitely wiser. When we have lost our way and desperation creeps in, it is wiser to let go and let God take control of our life and destiny because He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will guide us safely to our destination.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Source: The story of and the origins of the Bethel Fellowship and FMPB, by Paul H. Jeyasingh. (Available online)

The Anderson family Ellen and Morten Anderson, Tante Anderson. Richard, Julianna and Theodor (sitting).

On the back cover: The Sarus crane is the tallest flying bird in the world standing 152-156 cm tall with a wingspan of 240cm, found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. It has a predominantly grey plumage with a red head and upper neck and pale red legs. Known to mate for life with a single partner, its breeding season coincides with heavy rainfall in monsoon. Nests are constructed on water in natural wetlands or in flooded paddy fields. The bird in the photograph was seen in a field in Uttar Pradesh, a state in north India.


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