Reflection In Solitude

By P Chong


AS IN NATURE, in hibernation I seek

For the survival I need

Contrary to what you may think

It’s my way of life’s process accepting.

Upward I turn, silence prevails

Inward I seek, solace avails.

A fortress of solitude we all need

To reflect and a place for retreat

Seclude yourself from all worldly affairs

In true perspective everything becomes fair.

Originally penned: Thursday, 6 February 1997 @ 6.00 am

Metamorphosis of Life

Metamorphosis of Life

Observing the beautiful butterfly fluttering around, I can’t help but reflect upon its short life span & the time I used to spend my effort collecting them as a hobby. Now I would say what a foolish pleasure that was & never had any realization of a wasteful destruction of life! Nor did I realize of its great significance & perspective on life.

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Observe how an ‘ugly’ caterpillar undergoes its metamorphosis to become a beautiful butterfly. This is how nature prepares itself for the wild life outside. It is said that if we were to help the butterfly remove itself from the cocoon, the butterfly would not be strong enough to survive. It is the struggle that prepares the butterfly to become strong enough to fly and face its life ahead. Its struggling gives the butterfly the edge for survival. In time, God makes all things beautiful provided we are patient to wait.

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It is a verified truism that the best steel must go through tremendous heat and pressure. Precious metals such as gold and silver must similarly be refined to attain its preciousness and beauty. A hero is not necessarily an extraordinary person but one who’s able to withstand great perils and danger. He is undoubtedly one who’s made of sterner stuff. Freedom fighters live and die fighting for a cause greater than life itself. Inevitably, there is a price to be paid.

Life is not a bed of roses. Amidst the beauty lies thorns that prick. Apart from the ups and downs in life, there are twists and turns as well. Sometimes it does seem that God is far away and unloving – allowing endless problems and hardship in our lives. This is how the Lord prepares us to fulfil His purposes. Trust in the Lord always. Follow Him with an upright heart and He’ll make our life an instrument in His hand.

Biblically, we only need to look at the lives of Moses and David to understand having faith and total obedience in God for the outcome. You cannot expect to remain where you are and go with God. Adjustments and sacrifices need to be made just like Noah (Genesis 6), Abram (Genesis 12:1-8), Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2; 3:1-2; 4:1-11) as with the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John. The question is: Quo Vadis? God will never give us an assignment that He will not enable us to complete. Are you prepared for the challenge?

    Paul Chong

Brave New World

Brave New World

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21st Century is dawning a brave new world

No longer should there be fear, spin & whirl

A new global order is descending

The shifting of power is ascending.

Advocates of such a dream have been many

Paradise engineering once shared by Aldous Huxley

Bewitching & fictional though it be

Could well turn into a scientific reality.

In mournful numbers it’s been told

By glory seeking politicians fiery and bold

With our dreams and aspirations held up high

Only to find ourselves driven sadly to sigh.

Though colonisation concept is lost and gone

Modern democratic imperialism renders a new song

From Korea, Vietnam to Iraq & Afghanistan

The cause of the nations will make their stand.

Each nation has its own living and needs

Each individual and family know how to live

Without domination and manipulation

The natural order of survival ever in motion.

To live and let live

To be and let be

A harmonious and peaceful co-existence

Devoid of greed and avarice.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent

Friday 24 July 2009