April has been a whirlwind of new discoveries and new beginnings. Although the first post of this month comes on its last day, I can’t let all that’s happened slip by without a mention.
“April” means “to open” in Latin. With Easter earlier this month followed by an amazing spring retreat, my eyes have definitely been opened to the kingdom of God. I’ve never felt so confident in who I believe yet so uncertain about my own maturity. But encouragement is always there.
The retreat speaker, Pastor James Wang from River of Life Christian Church, brought a team of six from California. From their testimonies and sharing, I realize that God’s love is even greater and deeper than we could ever imagine. God, Pastor James said, is our king but he wants to guide us, counsel us, and give us the love of a lifetime. As he serves God through his ministry Fly Young, so we can step up to the call to spread the gospel. Regardless of age or background, our God lets us be his instruments in the world. Faith is a commitment from both sides, but our faith can never compare with that of Christ, for “if we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13).
Two years ago I started this blog hoping to discover who I was by “sifting through the sands of life.” I’ve found both gold and rubbish in the sand, but I increasingly realize how deep those sands are. While aspects of the future appear more certain, gaining life wisdom and humility seem as elusive as ever.
In a time of confusion and frustration, our God says he will graciously teach us all things.
For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you.
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”