Happy New Season

“ Your permanent resident card will be mailed to you in 40 days”, the immigration officer said reassuringly. I felt relieved that I’m almost through the process. “This isn’t hard as I expected.”

I was ushered towards another area to get my luggages and to be cleared before leaving the airport.

The man on the counter initially asked for my passport. Confidently, I searched for it in my envelope. Then I missed a heartbeat.

“I can’t find my passport?”, I said while digging deeper to my documents. Obviously, the officer recognized my anxiety. “ From which area did you last pass by?”, he interrogated.

“I just finished submitting my documents to the immigration officer. I believe I left it on his desk.”

He was very accommodating that he ushered me back to the immigration section. I prayed along the way.

Remarkably, my airport experience ended differently. I was able to get my passport back. (Don’t ask where I left it–not on the officer’s desk to begin with.) I gained new acquaintances from the people who tried to help me. (They saw how pale I became. I’m grateful they didn’t call 911.). More importantly, I learned more about God and His promises.

In Genesis 29:13,15, God said to Jacob,

“13 The LORD was standing beside the ladder and said: I am the LORD God who was worshiped by Abraham and Isaac. I will give to you and your family the land on which you are now sleeping. 15  Wherever you go, I will watch over you, then later I will bring you back to this land. I won’t leave you–I will do all I have promised.”

Though there are moments I miss my life back home, I choose to hold on.

My relatives and their friends have been very supportive.

Technology kept me in contact with my family.

Adventure’s very much available out there. A disturbed sleeping pattern will never be an obstacle.

However, after a day of connecting with people, after a day of exploring this new place, after a day comes to an end and I’m left alone, I can’t help myself longing for home. I am still overwhelmed with the reality I have to start over again.

In my devotional time, God led me to Ecclesiastes 3: 1,6,11 to comfort me in this new season of my life:

“ 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

God allowed a new season in my life for me to trust Him wholeheartedly. He knows I have a blessed life back home but He intentionally brought me where I am now.

“6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.”

Pursuing progress means detaching myself from what is holding me back- from the comfort I used to live with. I got reminded, everytime I would feel discouraged, I am indirectly saying, God made a mistake bringing me here; He revealed to me that I am already making an idol of the life I had before. In a Fatherly way, God reassured me, He is more than enough.”

“11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

I need to wait on God for He is patient with me. I need to focus on Him and not see my growing concerns. I haven’t yet seen the bigger picture that He has in store for me. It is a blessing I haven’t. It draws me more to hope in the Lord rather than try to understand. The more there’s hope, the more there is room for experiencing Him more.

“When long and steep the path appears or heavy is the task,

Our Father says, “Press on, My child; one step is all I ask.”

-D.De Haan

In reality, I should be greeting myself everyday, “ Happy New Season with the Lord!”

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Less Than 100%

My eye bags are already swollen! I confess, I had bouts of crying spells and interrupted sleep since the start of the week. I’m close to resembling some of my Chinese friends. And yet, the “big day” approaches– even if I cry a river,inevitably, it will come.

Few months ago, I got my immigrant visa. Honestly, I’m not 100% happy about it. I am already comfortable and grateful with where I am and what I have right now.

 

 

God blessed me a family who unconditionally accepts me despite my flawed character. They never got tired showing their love even if I wasn’t that appreciative.

He blessed me a Church and two small groups where I can grow unselfishly, responsibly and spiritually.

 

There is no way you will be able to grow spiritually apart from a deep involvement in a community of other believers.- Tim Keller

 

 

 

He blessed me someone who led me in my spiritual journey by demonstrating God’s grace in his life. He has been very considerate and patient with my slow pacing.

 

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. — Oliver Goldsmith

 

 

 

 

The Lord blessed me with a noble profession. It allowed me to be exposed to several opportunities for improvement and establish healthy relationships at the same time. God made me see my profession as a ministry and not only for monetary gain.

 

If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.~Les Brown

 

 

 

He made me see my limitations to make me depend more on what He can do through me. He introduced people of varied character and perspective to improve my personality.

Good ideas area all around you. Seek out what the best people are doing. Watch & learn. Then adapt & apply.- Mark Sanborn

God allowed me to enjoy life’s pleasures as a bonus. He wants me to laugh more.

 

The temporary pleasures of this present world are meant to point you to the lasting pleasure of knowing God.- Paul Tripp

 

 

 

He allowed me to go through challenges to learn both from victories and failures. God intends that I see my humanity and acknowledge His sovereignty. I have been blessed with people who comforted me in my troubled times.

I felt sorrow leaving all of these behind. I rationalized, being away from my comfort zones will develop maturity and depth in me.

 

 

 

Paul have a different perspective.

In the book of Philippians, he declared, “Nothing is as wonderful as knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have given up everything else. All I want is Christ and know that I belong to Him.” (Philippians 3:8-9,emphasis mine)

I sought people more than Him. I became more contented and secured with His blessings and not with the Giver Himself. Yet He never gave less than 100%.

Though He has been gracious to provide them, He will not allow me to remain the same. God longs for me to love Him more than His blessings.

Paul encouraged,“God is the one who began this good work in us, and he is certain that He won’t stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6, emphasis mine)

It is not what I have, but it is what He can supply. Because He loves me and the people I cherish in my heart.

I am flying away from home. Saying goodbye’s one of the hardest thing to do; same with saying hello to people and a place that is new. The only constant in between is God and He will carry me through.

9  Suppose I had wings
like the dawning day
and flew across the ocean.

10  Even then Your powerful arm
would guide and protect me.
(Psalm 139:9-10)