Adventures with God
Never in my life have I thought I would move to a new place after thirty years old. I knew I was living a ‘comfortable’ life in Hong Kong – I had a tight community of friends I grew up with from university as well as within church, I found so much joy serving at Alpha (A Christian Organization) and on worship team and I was very blessed at work - I found lots of favor at my workplace and had a boss who gave me so many opportunities to excel professionally.
- From Complacency to a Burning Heart
What I mean by ‘comfortable’ is that I was in a place of complacency. In fact, I knew that it wasn’t a good heart attitude because I was not in a place of desperation for God 24/7. Everything felt so familiar that it was difficult for me to use my own wisdom and strength to handle matters rather than going to God first. I knew I needed to fully surrender my life again. God’s kindness led me to repentance for relying on my own strength. I wanted so desperately to experience His first love for me once again. Once I made that prayer, God revealed to me the things I needed to shed away.
In September 2019, my parents decided that they want to move over to Canada for retirement. This decision was also related to the social movement in Hong Kong which made them push forward the timeline. At that time, I gave all my support to them but I told them firmly I’d like to stay in Hong Kong. In fact, I was really excited about the idea of living alone. However, after two weeks of excitement, my mom said to me, why don’t you pray about coming with us to Canada? See what God says and let Him guide you? I took her advice and started to pray.
As I was praying, God led me to the stories of men and women recorded in the ‘Hall of Faith’ in Hebrews 11. “By faith, Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8-9, NIV). What made these men and women commendable in the Lord’s eyes was their obedience to the Lord’s call. They heard, and responded by simply following His leading.
I called up a friend in Toronto (a devoted Christian & also a lawyer) to ask him about what were the practical steps I needed to consider if I were to practice law in Canada. I was really concerned about the ‘practical matters’ but he said, if God really leads you to a new place, those practical things will be taken care of. He reminded me that it’s more important to pray about the direction. To my surprise, he also mentioned the story of Abraham, “Go from your country, your father’s household, your kinship, to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1, NIV) - A person of faith is to just “go” and “leave behind” when God calls. I was inspired by his sharing and continued to pray about direction rather than worry about the practicalities. (This ‘friend’, under God’s divine leading, later on became my boyfriend, but that’s a story for another day.)
I was thinking, if God really told me to leave Hong Kong, the hardest thing to surrender was my job. I really enjoyed my role and by God’s grace, I could witness fruits from the seeds I’ve sown in the marketplace. It was truly hard to let go. As I meditated on scriptures, God also spoke to me through Isaiah 43:19 (NIV), “Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth. Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
- Just Follow Me
God was challenging me to lay down everything and simply follow Him. The words in scripture attests that I can trust in Him and that he will fulfill His promises to ‘make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert’ for me. In fact, I felt like God was responding to my prayer I made earlier, to further shed away things (such as my own idea of financial security and comfort) and prune me.
In mid-October, we went on a family exploration trip to Toronto. On the second day, I went to Catch the Fire Church with a friend for the Friday night service. After the sermon, I went up to the altar to receive prayer during ministry time. When the pastor laid hands on me, she said, I’m not sure what circumstances you’re in right now, but I hear the Lord saying: ‘Just go in faith!’ She repeated this phrase three times. As I was praying about whether to go to Canada or not, it really felt like God was responding to this specific prayer request. Further, she said God will provide everything that you need, He is your Jehovah Jireh. Another lady also prayed for me and said ‘Acceleration’ (things will come really fast) and ‘Alignment’ (that I’d align to God’s will in every area of my life).
During my time in Toronto, surprisingly, my heart felt more and more open to the thought of living here. That openness came through a revelation: I wouldn’t mind being anywhere, so long as God is with me and I am in His presence. Although I didn’t know what the future would be like if I really did move over here, I had a deep sense of trust in God that He would truly provide everything that I need. I was ready to take a leap of faith.
Part 2 will be continued next week
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