When I was prepared to go for a Hong Kong business trip on 23 October (Tuesday) to 27 October (Saturday), I felt reluctant to leave Singapore because I have not travelled abroad since 2013. Furthermore, I know that travelling with a company of unbelievers (2 older women, and a lady), as with me being the youngest (aged 23 this year) will put me in a difficult position, one that I had to step out of my comfort zone. Several times I made them worried with me getting lost or left behind while we were checking through the custom and when I relied on them, they felt that I was always a burden to them, like a younger son or brother who knows nothing at all. Still I really wanted to be independent and free and not yoked with them. Truly His grace is sufficient, because His strength is made perfect in my weakness. My trip to Hong Kong was indeed fruitful if not for His presence and wisdom, that leads and guides me even as a shepherd of his sheep. On the first 2 days that I attended even the board meetings that were held by the company, the Lord blessed me with 2 great revelations: "The Times and 4 Seasons of our life on earth" a truth which can be found Genesis 8:22; and also a strong prompting on "Who is the Lord of your Faith?" from 2nd Corinthians 1:24, Ephesians 1:15 and 1st Thessalonians 1:3, such as King David (who set the weight of his heart, pouring it before the Lord) set apart from King Saul (whose faith was on mere man, even on Samuel and he wavered greatly). Indeed, I actually experienced both sides of the story faith mixed with fear: wavering in my faith because I submit under unbelievers (whom only concerns were of food and money). I'm glad they found me troublesome and a handful, because we had separate faiths. Yet on Friday the 26 of October at 5pm noon, I told them that I preferred to stay in my hotel to rest. There in my hotel room for 3 hours, I was greatly distressed and grieved in my heart that I poured it out before the Lord. That closeness that I have with Jesus cannot be compared to anyone on this earth, because I know that I cannot hide anything from Him. Thanks be to God our Father who is the source of all peace and comfort. In Him is my hiding place and I can confide in Him in my darkest hour. The truth of 2 Corinthians 4 slowly being made real to me, we have this treasure in earthen vessels, the Holy Spirit the new wine, who reveals to us His treasure from the Word, like a salt in the midst of all the sand of the earth, He shines his light and reveals secrets from the foundations of the world which are hidden even from the government. Now we may be troubled on every side, but not distressed, perplexed but not in despair, abandoned but not forsaken, struck down but not destroyed. As long as I know that my Lord Jesus even commands a legion of angels to fight for me, I can boldly declare that: "Darkness shall have no dominion over the kingdom of Light". At that moment, my heart was overflowing because even the deepest emotions of my soul, because He truly cares even the little ones, and I'm His precious child, the apple of His eyes. Will He not deliver me from the fowl of the air? Where are those who condemn and mock me? I sang a song of deliverance unto Him, "Oh, How I Love Jesus, Because He first loved me". At that moment, all the loud storms around me cease. He is the Lord of all the storms in life. Hey, by the way, did you know that a typhoon that was heading towards Hong Kong at about that hours abated?
Remember the 2 women (unbelieving mothers), 'MK' and 'LMY' (their initials) whom I travelled along with, sometimes submission unto them? The Lord drove them away to shopping and only the younger lady, 'CY' msg'd me for dinner. I felt compelled to pray for her as, just as the Lord was had called me out from the power of darkness unto the kingdom of light, so will He do the same for her. A planted seed, will die, and the ressurection power of God will take over.
News on typhoon YUTU abated: https://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/tc_fixarea_e.htm
O, How I love Jesus:
Thanks be to God our Father who is the source of all peace and comfort. In Him is my hiding place and I can confide in Him in my darkest hour.
I love the 4th chapter of 2nd Corinthians. In fact, I had verses 16-18 printed and framed when I went through cancer treatment 10 years ago, keeping them in front of me so that I never forget them. The things we endure now are only one brief moment in time compared to eternity and we can withstand anything...for a moment when we fix our eyes