My Diary Records Good Things Only

Diary

My Diary Records Good Things Only

 

A few years ago I started to write in my diary all good things I experience during the day. Somehow I count God’s blessings and I thank Him for all. Doing this has been giving me an opportunity to recall the joys and I feel good and enjoy a sense of perfect peace. I have come to realize that everything that happens, they happen for a reason and God knows what is best.

 

Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

Reward of Sacrifice A Glimpse of Azerbaijan

G-d is great! After  three years of time off our Company recalled my services to work with them again. T’was  a glorious moment in April 1997 !

Saipem [Oil Pipeline Company] had offered me a job assignment  in Azerbaijan a  country  known to be where the Ark of Noah landed , (supposedly in  the Mt Ararat in the Armenian border). It was  a state in the former Soviet Union and  was the world’s nr 1 oil producing field at the turn of the 20th century. Oil derricks were sprouting everywhere! Perhaps  John Rockefeller had gotten his wealth from there.

It was also a source of the best Persian carpets in the world. Yes, indeed it was a blessing to have been in that perfect peaceful place.

Oh how wonderful to have traveled again! I enjoyed the plane ride, saw new places and met new people. It was very interesting but most of all, truly rewarding.

3 years back, in 1994, I resigned from the same Company I had been with since 1987 in order to do some community service in my town , “pro bono”, “gratis”. It was a selfless experience which, interestingly, had brought some  sense of fulfillment and heavenly peace. I was happy!

The trip  to Azerbaijan  was a Divine Providence, I know.

I could only be thankful for the love He always gives. He is great!

(Romans 8:28)

 “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose

Penniless First Trip to America

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The sky was bright and the clouds were floating like white cotton balls in the air. The sun was up in the horizon as the chopper we were on was on its way to the oil pipeline project offshore of New Orleans. It was morning of February 1998.

“I am in America!” , I said to myself.  Thank God, it was a very beautiful sunny day!

It was the best time to converse with the Lord on my mind during the trip. I was grateful but gently  asked Him why He had allowed my pocket money to be lost in Amsterdam Schipols airport during transit. It was all the money I’ve got.

In my heart He said, “ It’s okay! You have nothing  in your pocket yet  you have entered America !”

It has become possible then to travel without money after all!

Isaiah 55. “Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water!
Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat!……”

“…..I’m making a lasting covenant commitment with you,
the same that I made with David: sure, solid, enduring love.”

File photo: On board Castoro 12 during the Kashagan Project in 2011. The actual shot during 1998 helicopter flight in New Orleans is not available.