Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 was the first long verses that I memorized in my Sunday School in my younger years. Long because it was 2 verses. Normally, our Sunday School teacher would then encourage us to memorize one verse per week by giving it as an assignment to us and when we comes back to Sunday School on the next Sunday, we will recite one-by-one in front of the class. I remember, the first verse that I memorized was John 3:16. 😉
So, as a Sunday School kid, we are taught just to memorize the verse and hold its meaning to have a meaning in our lives. It was deep for me to understand what my teacher is saying but I just followed. But then I asked her of what is the meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6.
It was one of the fondest and simplest memories, if I can recall in my Sunday School memory lane. With this simplest way of memorizing longest verses I ever had first time, that had made a good impact in my life– physically and spiritually.
Let me tell you a story why? Since August is a National Day-month of Singapore. My story will be in tune with Singapore. Salute to this Country. All glory to God for this Nation❣
22 July 2005, was my first overseas trip. It was not a leisure; it was work for an instance. Anxiousness and fear of the unknown thrilled my innermost. The only thing I knew and would always keep in my mind and my heart was I have a God who will always lead and guide me. It will always be “In God’s will, by Faith!”
Working abroad was possibly one in the list Filipinos may have. But not for me. I am just satisfied to stay in my homeland, having a middle-income salary for a living. Having a considered happy and contented family, dreaming of a small but decent house which will fit in an 80 (sqm) piece-of-land, in a low-profile but safe-sounded subdivision in Bulacan, Philippines, which actually, the first land property we bought as husband and wife.
Things that we want and we plan in our lives where not meant to materialize as exactly as it was, and it is. If not, you’re the best planner that God created in this planet Earth🤐 For me, to tell you honestly, I don’t plan for my life or for my family. What do I mean by this? I do not plan according to 5 years, 10 years or even 20 years, of what I want to have or I am a successful or even an achiever of something — No, I don’t plan like that. Seriously, I am working best on what is on my current plate. Leaning to rely and look forward on what is ahead of me along my journey.
When I was considered to work overseas, as an assistant manager in one of the F&B organizations in Singapore. I was excited. It was my first time, to go abroad and board to an airplane; to see and explore other country; to work in a diversified culture. Curiosity of “What’s in it for me in Singapore?” was my feeling before taking off.
The excitement was changed when I touched down Singapore. I was talking to myself and in my heart, that I am far off from my family. Homesick attacked my core 😦 — waters from eyes was starting to well-up. I became teary-eyed, while I think of my family. However, I made myself busy looking at the beauty of the surroundings of Changi Airport and I moved on. I focused myself to be excited in the new job that is waiting for me.
My two months of on-the-job-training was good. I passed the assessments. Two months after, a pressing culture-shock, emotional disturbance had haunted my daily, whenever coming to work. It was a journey of bumps and rough roads as the culture was totally different. I had sleepless nights. Reaching home from work, straight to my rented room crying at my bed and just talking to God about my pains.
During those moments, God led me to my devotion daily, mostly in some passages in the books of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Psalms. He comforts me. He reminded, He encouraged and He assured me of His Love, Faithfulness and Goodness. I penned down and journal my devotions, knowing “in God’s will, by Faith!” He will make me surpass all these trials and pains, that actually I am a Victor in His name!
I found my Bible and my small notebook to journal His great assurance of His faithfulness in my life.
It was indeed one the most treasured notebooks that I had. This small but terrible notebook was God’s epistle of His Faithfulness to my journey in Singapore. He is able to bless those who follow and believe in Him. I continued to rely on what was ahead that He has set before me, thus, I can’t fathom out His ways and plans for me.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Six months after, was a different kind of ball of game. I had learned the Singapore way of living and working in a diversified culture. Gave my excellence in everything I do, knowing that I am working for the glory of God.
It wasn’t easy to live and work abroad, but with God on your side, every mess and unclear path ahead of you, will just magnificently will fall into places. My career was blessed. 12 years with my organization now and still counting. He had blessed me with achievements, promotions and the job role that I prayed for — as a trainer.(He knows my heart’s desire why?☝️😉) He is marvelous!
If I could have recall and look back how “in God’s will, by Faith” expression of my life had made me stronger and taught me to depend and rely on God alone. It was the Proverbs 3:5-6 had summarizes it all; from the first longest memory verse that I had memorized from young that became my guiding principle in life.
“In God’s will, by Faith” was my expression of faith. From the time that my Sunday School teacher explained it to me that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a “total dependence on God”. She had put it in a layman’s term for me to understand at a younger age on how to have a total dependence on God, is to let your will depend on God’s will, that it will be by (your) Faith, God will answer your heart’s desires; that, by (your) Faith, God will bless you even more; that, by (your) Faith, God will move in your life even more tangibly—that in any problem, circumstance or messy situations I am in; and no recourse of human knowledge and might could have solve it, it was my dependency and reliance on God will come into picture.
“In God’s will; by Faith”. Knowing that “God’s will” to me is always Victory, Triumph, Success, Favor, Anointing and Blessing in His name– in any seasons of my life
I praise God that I choose to depend, rely and trust “in God’s will; by Faith” , because when I flew to Singapore, He has not blessed us physically, But most importantly, He has blessed our Spiritual life, even maturely through Hope Church Singapore!
This month of August is 52nd birthday-month of Singapore and 12 years of it was my journey of gratefulness to this country and most importantly to God; and will be counting for more. That I have a God who always lead and guide me. That whatever way will I take, it will always be “in God’s will; by Faith”; because “in God’s will; by Faith”, there is only One Way, through JESUS!
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All glory to God❣