The quote above is what I often tell myself as a reminder to live life with meaning for the Lord. I would also utter these words whenever I am in a challenging situation as a means of looking and moving forward.
Well, the last time I uttered these words was around this time last year. If you go back a few blogs, maybe I explained it, but if not here is a background on it.
Last year around this time, I was wrestling with God about studying here in the UK. It was during that time that I went in cycles of doubt and surrender. In the end, my plans aligned with God’s and now I find myself here in my last few weeks in university trying to complete my dissertation. This time last year, I was finalising papers and waiting for my visa.
Now, I find myself just greatly overwhelmed by God’s goodness. To maybe summarise how I feel, allow me to share to you a verse that truly describes my UK experience.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
Indeed, God showed me where to go and what to do every single step of the way and every single day. Don’t get me wrong, there were days when I am guilty of running my own show, but at the end of the day God would guide me back to where I should be. He guided me since day one. From the university fairs in Manila, to the sending of the application, to taking of the IELTS, to choosing a university, to getting my visa, to my flight to the UK, to funding me everyday, to now working on my dissertation due in a few days, He truly and lovingly guided me. I have learned so much in and out of the classroom. I have met lovely people from almost all continents and have heard so much of their stories. This time last year, I never imagined I would find myself in city called Norwich. But this time last year, God reminded me that He will be with me even if I don’t see everything yet.
Now as my postgraduate season comes to a close (claiming my dissertation goes well 😁 ), I tell myself again “this time next year…”. I don’t know what lies ahead, but I know who holds my future. I do pray to get a job soon and hopefully it would be with children in an NGO… but who knows. All I can say is “Lord lead the way”.
Well, back to dissertation writing and editing…
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