This post has been on my heart for ages... it's about time to publish it.
In the last year, I have seen miracle after miracle take place in my life and the lives of people around me.
While it might seem like I live this extravagant life in a prime holiday spot, it actually comes with a number of challenges. My faith and circumstances have never been challenged so much as it has here.
In July 2012, my College fees for first semester were paid, then my overseas student health coverage, and then my renewed student visa for the year.
Come December, Simon and I were blessed with plane tickets to visit his family in Switzerland during the holidays when we were expecting nothing else but to stay in Sydney and work. What an incredible surprise that was!
Upon the new year, I felt somewhat helpless with just enough savings to get by for a jobless month, I stumbled into a couple new jobs just in time for the new semester. By God's grace, my college fees for the second semester were paid.
There was a point where I was laid off because my workplace was overstaffed. Within the same week, a friend (who knew nothing of what just happened) texted me out of nowhere to ask if I would like some extra hours at her workplace.
During our mid-semester break, Simon and I managed to visit my family in Hawaii. Such an unexpected trip, but so were the miracles surrounding it that allowed us to go!
I live paycheck to paycheck! The year I have just completed doesn't make any sense! Somehow God has carried me week after week, through seasons of employment and unemployment.
Now here I am, at the end of a full year... completing my Diploma in Ministry and looking forward to another year of ministry training and personal growth.
I would love to apply myself more, feel like I worked harder for the things I have attained in the last year... but GOD is GREATER... His love is so abundant! He knows what I need far better than I ever have.
God is using every possible opportunity to remind me that HE is my Provider and He will use the most random of generous people and the very last of last minute circumstances to prove that He is my Provider.
As I look forward to another year of ministry training, the tests and training have already begun. The week of College enrollment is here and I am seemingly penniless to start the semester.
I have quivered at the sight of my week full of work opportunity become twisted, tangled and have now crumbled to pieces. But my loving Lord has gently whispered,
"You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth..." (Deut. 8:17-18, NIV)
"Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. The blameless spend their days under the Lord's care, and their inheritance will endure forever. In times of disaster they will not wither in days of famine they will enjoy plenty." (Psalm 37:16-19, NIV)
Remember, Remember, Remember... the Lord is good. His mercies endure forever.
Praise the Lord.