Who would have thought that I will be part of a church-planting movement in Vancouver?
Who would have thought that I will start a discipleship group in this side of the world?
Who would have thought that I will work for a big retail company this year?
Who would have thought that I will meet more people from different countries and make new friends?
Who would have thought that I will be sitting here in my room, watching snow falling from my window as I look back about my 2014?
God knew. Even before all these things happened, God knew already. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.
Those are only few of the tangible things that I never thought would be part of my 2014.
As I wrote in my journal at the start of 2014, I was totally clueless of how things will be.
God made me leave my job but He did not open any new doors for me right after, as I thought He would.
You know, that confidence that you feel like everything will fall into place just as you expect them to be?
I thought that I will work full time in a ministry in 2014. But, God had a different plan. Much bigger plan.
You might not know, but I really wept when God shut all doors for my ministry application. I could not understand why when my desire was to serve Him full time.
And that question still remains half-unanswered until now. Half- answered was because He wanted me to move here.
Still, I believe that’s not just it. It’s something I look forward to be answered in the coming years.
Anyway, so 2014 turned out to be a big surprise for me. That’s what God is so good about – making us in awe of Him.
For the first 5 months, I had no job. Then, God made me move to another country after 5 months of no job. Thus, no sufficient funds for it.
But God said so, so I just had to obey. Those 5 months were life changing. It was a very special walk with God. I had nothing but only Him.
Most difficult part was when you feel you can do something but God just keeps telling you, “Sit down, stay put, be still.”
God really did a perfect job of sustaining me. Apart from Him, I would have gone a different way.
The second part of my 2014 was the overflow. See, God had to prepare me first before He blessed me.
It wasn’t an easy journey at the beginning. Again, I wept in desperation as I was looking for a job.
As I didn’t have enough funds, I was praying so hard that I can find a job after a month since I arrived here.
Slowly, I saw how God had been preparing things for me here. Right time, right place.
What’s also amazing was that when I learned my visa got approved, my home church also announced that a church will be planted in Vancouver.
I got really excited! Right time, right place.
I may not have worked full time but God opened doors for me to be able to serve Him in this side of the world.
I can never take credit for all the things that had happened to me last year.
God’s faithfulness in my life overflows not just in me but also through me that I can share the blessings to others. Such a privilege!
If I summarize my 2014, I can do it in 2 parts – preparation and overflow. God had to mold my character first, before He reveals His great plan.
God is sovereign. He was in control. He is truly amazing!
My 2014 theme verse truly spoke how my year turned out. A time of surrender and loss for the sake of knowing, obeying and following Christ.
TO GOD be all the GLORY for my awesome 2014!!!! Thank You Lord!