“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
This was the word for me from my pastor as I walked through the departure gates for London, United Kingdom to pursue my final year of law degree.
Now that I am graduating (in three days) and heading home, I have somewhat understood the word spoken onto my life as I left my country.
Life in the UK has been such a rich experience. I was tremendously blessed to be able to study abroad, even for a very short period of time.
I traveled much, seen more of the world, been inspired and aimed to inspire.
I have truly understood the value of money. The value of hard earned money.
I have known what it meant to die to my own dreams, to make way for His dreams for me.
I have deeply understood that God is good. Full-stop. No circumstances thrown at me will change the fact that He is good, and that He is love.
I have truly known in my heart that if I am truly recognizing my Lord, I have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers my circumstances (taken from http://utmost.org/keep-recognizing-jesus/)
I have learnt how victory and success may not be what it seems if saw from the eyes of the world. Just like how Jesus died on the cross that Friday. In the eyes of the world, it seemed like it was defeat. As though all His work and ministry had come to an end. On the contrary, the world saw God’s sovereign plan for His death and future for the world on the third day when He rose again.
I have learnt to put relationships first. Everything else is secondary.
I have learnt not to distinguish different ages of people or make a mental categorization on them. I have learnt to treat children, the old, the teenagers, the adults and my peers all the same. With love and respect.
Being in a cold country, I have also learnt how to appreciate the little things in life. A warm cup of Milo, warm showers, warm hugs, and sun rays upon my skin.
Going back home, I may be excited to see old faces, indulge in great food, immerse myself in the sunlight. But let my soul not forget that I am going back home because I have been called to go home. My calling is in Malaysia. And there is where I shall serve the Lord in whatever I do. Be it as a postgraduate student, a lawyer in the future, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a ministry worker, a worship singer, a teacher, a politician.
I will serve as the Lord commands.
If you would ask me if God’s work in me has been completed, I will tell you, no. I have a long way to go. So much more can be improved. I am still learning and I have much to learn. I will be a work in progress, until the day of Christ Jesus.
Till then, hello Malaysia. I’m coming back.