Just read the two prayer letters that Sarah emailed, with the latest one updating us on her arrival in Manila yesterday. As I read about her motivation in doing what she’s called by God to do in the year ahead in Philippines and how humbly she views what she’s doing there, it’s quite encouraging to see a life dedicated to Christ to such an extent. I’ve always admired the way she loves and serves God, and I guess this just adds on to it.
Reading these also makes me grateful once again for how, I believe, God had brought us together as friends. Much of the spiritual support I had in my course came from her. It started off with her being one of the seniors in my OG when I first came into the course, but she had to leave the camp early so we only had a one night conversation with her. Somehow I found out that she’s a Christian. But well, since she was only there for half the camp, I wasn’t really that much into this person to the extent of initiating conversations outside the OG context. In fact at that point in time, she wasn’t using Whatsapp and was pretty much away from her phone.
Interestingly though, some nights later, I had a dream about her facing challenges concerning her faith (which, now that I know her better, these challenges in the dream were probably untrue). That dream bothered me a little. So out of concern, and out of the earnestness in wanting to support Christians in their walks, I decided to drop her a text to ask a general question, like how can I pray for you? And from there, this friendship began.
What I didn’t expect was what God intended this friendship to be and how I’ve been really blessed by it. Well, I wouldn’t say there’s much of an emotional attachment here, since we didn’t have much opportunities to meet each other frequently. But I guess this is what makes it rather amazing. Despite us seemingly just living our own lives, we were concerned with how each other’s doing and we were excited about how God is using each of us for His glory. Like, genuinely. That’s something that surprises me because I rarely, very rarely, feel this way and react this way towards someone whose life I’m not exactly very involved in.
Grateful for this friendship. Thank You God :) Guess the story of this friendship began and the things that happened along the way will be one that I’ll probably remember for some time. It’s a friendship that God had given, in the unlikeliest way of nudging me to take the initiative through a dream. Very interesting. I’ve no idea what’s to come, but it will probably be exciting to hear about her mission there from time to time :)