After dinner, I decided to take a slow walk to the fishing port behind my house and sat there for some peace and quiet. Throughout the day, there has been so much noise and chatter. The morning was rather enjoyable. I managed to have breakfast with my cousin and read my book on Holiness by J.C.Ryle ( I strongly recommend this book) so rich in theology and practically helpful as well. (will write about this another time) Rather productive morning as well as I tried to compile a video that I want to make of my grandmother. After lunch, it was early…about 12.30pm and I attempted to take an afternoon nap. But before my eyes could shut completely, I hear shouts of 老師 and I know my day has only just begun. HAHA. No rest at all.
We took a long walk to Yoho in the next town and back in the scorching hot sun, followed by a visit to the seaside, climbing very dangerous rocks and coming back to rest for 15 minutes. Not long after, they started pestering me to go to school and play basketball but man, I was so zapped and tired. This is why you need to bring a team of 5 or more to come help you entertain children, or else it might become very meaningless. Tried to squeeze some time for solitude but didn’t happen because I bumped into two girls and we headed to the seaside again, a different spot this time. We looked at the clouds and marvelled at how lovely they were. It’s so cute hearing conversations of little children and seeing the two girls, one 9 and the other 12 get along.
Throughout the entire day, the temple outside of my house was just holding events after events and it was very very loud. Thankfully, I took my earpiece and headed out for the fishing port before any kids could find me.
As I sat there and played worship songs, namely Wonder, Behold (Then Sings my Soul) and As It Is (In Heaven) . My heart was so so glad. Nothing like worship that refreshes your soul and uplifts your spirit. I let the songs minister and speak to my heart. And then I sing, as loud as I can and I lift my hands here and then (just to make sure no one’s watching or like no motorcycle actually passes me by) heh. But I felt so at peace that the God who created the heavens and earth is looking at me and enjoying the worship that He is due.
My God, He who was and is to come.
Prepare the way until the work on earth is done
Watch as the clouds He rides swing low
Lift up the sound as He makes our praise His throne
Behold the Lord our God will lead us home.
As affirmed over and over again, my duty is to prepare the way and keep working. No stopping once you’ve started. Labour and be steadfast because the Lord of the Harvest is at work and He will establish whatever’s started. So what if fruits only bore 10 years from now or maybe no fruits at all. The joy of the Lord is my strength and my song through the ages. He delights in obedience, not success. He is interested in the process and the growth, not the end result.
Man, I was so encouraged. Doesn’t matter how dark it might seem,
So I will sing like I will there
In the fearless light of glory
Where the darkness cannot find me
And Your face is all I see.
As I sang this song with all my heart, I am reminded of my salvation, of a redemption plan that came to be. I am reminded of how God has uprooted me from a specific town of Shanhai to Singapore, to know Him and to bring me back here to begin this work of seed sowing. There has been zero track record of Christians in this town and the Hengchun church ladies say this place is hard ground. Through this life that has been redeemed, I’d say that the Lord is so intentional about drawing us to Him and choosing us to redeem His people that He pursues. Mega thankful for this salvation. I once was lost but now am found.
I know You love me.
I know You found me
I know You saved me.
And now, I believe we’re one step closer to kingdom come.