It was one of those spur of the moment things once again and I guess He specialises in using them :). We caught the last instalment of the church’s series on JUSTICE and this week it was about the injustice experienced and still being experienced by the Indigenous people of Australia. It never fails to amaze me that in the 21st century, in our supposed 1st world country, there is still such a gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians: 90% unemployment in some NT communities, shorter life expectancy, higher mortality rate… the stats go on. Elsewhere in the world, there is human trafficking, asylum seekers (closer to home), refugees, famine stricken regions, poverty…
It had been a long week where I felt my faith was being shaken. Being placed in an unfamiliar environment, I’d started to feel small, insignificant, isolated, lost in my own situation… I thank God for bringing me out of my own self-absorbed thoughts to realise that hey, it’s not all about me. There’s a world out there that’s hurting, dying, in pain and it is our call as followers of Christ to heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free and love those who have been forgotten.
We were encouraged at the end of the service to take a red string and tie it to the steel fence set up on stage, as a resolution to let our hearts be broken for the things that break the heart of God: injustice in our world. The lyrics of this song has just resonated with my soul and given me fresh perspective on the way life is to be lived and who we are living for…
God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served
Jesus, You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give
We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go
To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God
You have shown us, what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord
– God of Justice, Tim Hughes
I just got a message from a friend announcing that her boyfriend of two years and her are engaged!! So happy for them both :). They are a great Christ-centred couple and I’m so glad to have been friends with them both before they started dating… One thing I love about this girl is that she is so passionate about reaching others for Christ and I know without a doubt that they are going to bring out the best in each other and they are going to keep God at the centre and forefront of their relationship and the life they have ahead of them.
That’s two engagements this year, love is in the air! And the awesome thing is that there isn’t even a tinge of jealousy or envy… I’m so content with where God has me right now, I can be genuinely happy for them both… praise the Living God!
God is so good!
The steady pitter-patter of the rain invades the silence in the air. Then it is gone again and all I can hear are my fingers clicking away over the keyboard.
36 hours and I’ll be on the home run towards freedom. I can’t wait but yet at the same time, it’s nice to just be still and enjoy the moment. A moment to pause and smile, knowing that on the brink of completing another semester, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, living the life I was meant to live – He’s been with me each step of the way and continues to guide my footsteps. How awesome is He.
I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before: ‘Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.’ That’s cool, and it’s optimistic but where’s can I get assurance for that?
The verse my teens and I are memorising this week:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
– Ecclesiastes 3:11
I love this verse because it reminds me to be patient, to wait on God’s timing because we can’t even imagine what His masterplan looks like… the promise is and I’ve experienced it myself, He makes EVERYTHING beautiful in its time. ‘In time’. Take heart today, dear friends that everything is going to turn out beautifully, because God is God, and we’re not :).
And on a somewhat unrelated note (but perhaps it is related) I got my first H1 (First Class Honours) in law school! Praise God! Finally, a paper I can be proud of :).
On a whim and with the encouragement of my parents, I decided to attend a prayer meeting last night that was being held as part of the first ever Global Day of Worship (which is still happening by the way if you are interested). I slipped into the back of a service that had already been going for 9 hours already and was instantly overwhelmed by the presence of God in that place.
There were horns being played, flags being waved, the speaking of tongues, prayers and declarations over Australia, the music of the harp and guitar mingled with the singing of praise and worship… and in the midst of it all, I spent the first 10 minutes with my head down in tears. What struck me is that what I saw before me was possibly a glimpse of heaven, with the young and the old, all difference nationalities gathered together in one place, all with one heart, lifting their voices to their Creator.
I saw no one my age there but instead of feeling awkward or left out, I was humbled to be apart of that group of brothers and sisters. It’s amazing how there was a sense of community even though I had never met these people before – this is what it means to be part of the Body of Christ.
The Church is uniting – there is strength in unity. It was encouraging to see but almost a bit scary as well because it may mean that our generation could indeed be the one that sees how this story ends… but I was reminded that we should not fear but instead be alert, awaken from our slumber and preoccupation with temporary things to prepare the Church, the Bride of Christ for His return.
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Isaiah 60: 1-3
So, I was told by an overseas student from China that today is ‘Singles Day’. I asked what they did to ‘celebrate’ and she said her single friends would get together and complain about being single and some would even go on blind dates to try and end their single days. I guess it really depends on your definition of single and how you view your single years. For me, I’m actually going to take the time today to really celebrate being single :).
via Tumblr (click through)
I see the single years as a gift from God, a time to grow and stretch and to be ALL I can be as a single woman and when/if I reach that point in my life where God says, ‘You can serve me better with another’, then I’ll change my tune :). To me, being single isn’t a status, it’s a season. A season of possibilities and potential; potential because your time is your own and there are no limitations on what God can do in you and through you. It’s a season where you can learn to depend on God fully and completely and I believe that this is best done while you are still single because you won’t be distracted by having another ‘significant other’ in your life. You don’t have to match your times with someone else’s schedule or take on another’s burden too close to heart. There’s a certain freedom that comes with this season that I find extremely rewarding and personally wouldn’t like to have it any other way right now. To my ‘attached-friends’, please don’t think I’m hating on you or bitter, it’s quite the contrary in fact :). I don’t think being single is better necessarily… I think there’s beauty and purpose behind each season of your life and whether that is being single or being in a relationship right now, you can either be the best you can be or complain, wanting something that isn’t God’s best for you right now. There’s a time for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3).