Learning to be thankful like Makcik Nur
Posted on April 19th, 2010 by Lilian • Filed under: Faith
Fuyoh, I notice my loghat Penang punya BM has gotten more polished nowadays. I used to speak really fluent BM and if you don’t see me, you will mistook me for being a Malay. But after I stopped working and the only ‘thing’ I talk to is my computer and family, the tongue doesn’t roll so well. Recently, I do have more chance of using it again.
Yesterday, I knew about the visit of the CM to a poor family in Air Itam. Taking a chance, I went there early so that I can film before the entourage of VIPs and press members arrived. And you know what? I didn’t lost my way in the maze of kampung roads. I am soooo proud of myself for once!
You know why? It is one of those days when I start my journey with a prayer. I said, “Oh Lord…I am going for my CJ. Help me to understand the purpose and let me see what You want people to see. No jams and please get me there without getting lost. Amen!”
It is a gift and a privilege for us to mix with the poor. I always remember that Jesus’s reminder. Let’s face it, if not for some faith in me, I can frankly tell you that I wouldn’t want to spend a lazy, hot Sunday afternoon going out. It is not a pleasant thing, the home is stuffy and hot. Due to poverty, the mattress and sofa are old and emits all kinds of ‘aroma’. But believe it, if you go sincerely with an open heart, you won’t notice all that.
I had a nice, heartwarming and uplifting time with Makcik Nur before the entourage of VIPs arrived. After they left, I stayed back because I felt reluctant to just fled.
Jimmy and I accepted a cup of coffee from her. She was very uncomfortable because she said she doesn’t have cold drinks at home and she couldn’t offer it to the CM and the press. I told her not to worry, they will understand. (I went into her kitchen and sadly, I don’t see any food lying around. There are so many kids, I don’t see a single biscuit or bread around, sad huh?)
Before I leave, she told me to visit her during Raya. I am so touched. I gave her a hug and she kissed my cheeks. It is the greatest reward for me. To be able to earn the acceptance of Makcik Nur. I thank God for that.
So, if anyone of you wish to help the family, go find them at Jalan Lintang in Air Itam. There are 6 kids altogether. Such adorable, cute kids who are so cheerful. When the mother (Makcik Nur adopted 2 daughters) goes to work, the little kid stays at home with Makcik Nur.