Beautiful Garden

Met Pastor John and Auntie Michelle earlier on for dinner at Yong Kang Street. Had like a 4 hours chat about random things. Part of it was about the Bible and the Christian beliefs. There was this point in time when I took a step back and felt that same awe I had when I sat at their feet to listen to the Word of God when I was 12. Really enjoyed that time of asking questions and learning things from them.

They also shared about The Shack, a movie they watched recently. There’s this part where the main character felt lost in a maze, but as the camera zoomed out to capture the view from above, the maze turned out to be a beautiful garden. They said, perhaps that’s how life is. Where even though we feel stuck about out situations, God has His beautiful purpose in it.

Interestingly, I’ve been seeing tweets relevant to the situation where I’m in these few days:

Your journey with God starts where you are. How far it goes depends on your decision to continue on the road when you can’t see the reason. (C. S. Lewis)

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” (C. S. Lewis)

Beautiful Garden

You either choose to take on this discouragement and become more bitter, or you take on this discouragement and you choose to make it better.
— Pastor Kenneth Chin

This acquaintance who posted this probably has no idea how much her seemingly random posts have strengthened me. 

Nice to meet you, my very first Christian encounter in Ipoh.

Tough times

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

As we grow older and face tougher projects in school, we learn that what seems impossible now might just work out somehow in the end. Because this has been the trend over the past few years. This is thanksgiving-worthy though, because at least for myself, I would have failed badly many times if not for God’s grace.

As for tough times in life, like I told a friend the other day, even if I know what it means to trust God, it doesn’t nullify the fact that the pain is felt. Trusting God means bringing the pain to Him and know He will take good care of it, rather than running away with it. Still, the pain is real. And I’ve learnt too, that one day it shall also fade away, in one way or another.

This, too, shall soon pass. That applies to many things in this life. When it comes to pain though, my prayer is that no matter how much I’m tempted to run away and be done with it as quickly as possible, I will have God help me with it so that whatever happened will not have a hold on how I deal with similar situations in my future. Sometimes, it’s comforting to have experienced how things passed and know that it will happen again.

Tough seasons are dreadful because the end of the tunnel often doesn’t seem to be in view. It makes us feel like we are stuck, and who knows how long more till we get out or… will we even get out. But knowing that it will pass away, as with many other things, brings comfort.

An apt passage in this season.

Tough times