Today I turn 21 years old. A lot of things has happened to me last year; things that opened my eyes to the things I had never really wanted to see. But life is about adaptation to our surroundings and being able to be mature throughout any situation.
I have now a completely renewed mindset about a lot of ideas. I mean, I still hold on to what I believe: the Bible, but now I can understand it more. It has become more real to me. I used to not understand what the Bible says; now, those words are being unfolded! It’s like solved mysteries! How very exciting! I’m eager to dig deeper and discover more and more as I go through life, but I know that I’ll have to see/experience things that I don’t want to see/experience in order to know more. However, I am ready! :)
Anyways, I just want to take this time to share my wishlist for my birthday, here’s my wishlist:
- Be able to continue my studies to become a doctor.
- Make my own money so that my parents don’t have to give me my monthly allowance & so that I can treat my friends for a nice, good gathering for once.
- A new phone.
I’m so happy for the fact that God has answered the second one, although I can only treat my friends for a nice, good gathering in Sego Kucing St. Anna. They’ll be full for sure. :p
Anyways, I’m just very grateful that I’m still alive and I’m utilizing everything that I have to be the best that I can be, to help and minister to other people, and most importantly, to glorify my Father.
I’m so thankful for the very interesting introduction to the world of the 20’s during my 20th year. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for the things I’ve experienced. There are these certain years in my life which are specifically life-changing, and my 20th year is one of them. I pray that my 21st year will be even more life-changing!
Then I remembered the fact that all my life, I have been experiencing pretty amazing stuffs that a lot of people had never experienced before! I mean, I don’t mean to be brag about how I can go through hardships successfully, because the only thing I want to brag is the fact that GOD has been in control and has been so gracious to me. It’s true.
When I was a kid, my Sunday School teacher told me that God will never leave me nor forsake me. I didn’t really bother to thank Him for it nor did I really bother to ask Him not to leave me. When I was a preteenager, my pastor told me the exact same thing over and over again… I was like, “Yes, Amen. Okay! Thanks, God” But as I grow up, on the 15th year of my life, I began to taste and see the word of God began to unfold in my life. And until now, ” ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’, said the Lord” has been really proven and has been really real.
God has never given up on me. Everytime I’m thinking of coming back to Him, He has been waiting for me all along and ready to hug me whenever I call on Him. :”””) I’m just the one who has been away. And today, I want to share to you all what He said to me this morning when I woke up on my birthday:
Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Again, I will build you, and you shall be built.
-Isaiah 31:3, 16-17
Therefore, the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.
For a people shall dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as He hears it, He answers you. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hid Himself anymore, but your eyes shall see the Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’ When you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the way of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
-Ecclesiastes 12:1 & 13-14
How beautiful are Your words, God. Thank You for being amazingly real in my life. You are the greatest gift that I have.
I love You, Jesus.