6.12.2014

The Blessed Week

This has been quite an eventful week despite the slowness at work.

Last weekend, a dear sister in Christ whom I had first met in Nebraska came to my hometown and stayed for a night. We had a much-needed time of fellowship and fun, and I am already looking forward to our next sister date.

On Tuesday night, I had a cousin rendezvous with four of my precious cousins. Even though two of them were still below ten years of age, our conversation did not seem to come to a pause all evening. It was a true delight to catch up with all of them, and to marvel at the workings of a child's heart and mind. In the moment, and in hindsight, I realized how good God was to enable us to meet together before we all parted ways again -as was the case with many of our other cousins.

Wednesday came next, and I got to spontaneously tag along with a reporter/colleague for her field assignment in the city. The experience was the first of its kind for me, and I rather enjoyed it! It was more relaxing than I thought it would be, there was free food, and I got to meet other reporters. With only a few weeks left to my internship, I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to catch a glimpse of this world.

Today is Thursday, and only a few hours ago, I returned from dinner with old friends from high school. Since I had a jar of pasta salad for lunch, I decided to balance my day's food consumption by having coffee and ice-cream for dinner. As we exchanged stories of how our days have been going, I recalled the time we met a few months ago when all but one of us were unemployed. This evening, we got to share about each other's life at work and plan for a future dinner around our work schedule and location. God is indeed so very faithful.

All week long, I have been helping a friend with research on the rich and the poor for her World Economy prayer booth at an upcoming mission conference. It was emotionally exhausting to view pictures of luxury homes and extravagant food one moment, and child beggars and emaciated bodies the next. They were vivid reminders of just how much I have, and how my worries are often unwarranted. God also showed me that there is a part of my heart that does not know how to respond in love to real world issues such as this, and I pray that God teaches me and uses me to be His hands and feet more and more each day.

On a more cheerful note, my mother and I will be celebrating my beloved cousin sister's graduation soon in the land down under. It will be a treasured time for sure, and I praise God for blessing me with much more than I need and deserve.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:19

6.01.2014

Midpoint

It's June!

Two months of internship have come and gone, and two months remain before I head back to the States. A lot of ordinary things have been happening, yet God has been using them in extraordinary measures in my life.

This past week has been more eventful than usual. At work, we got to celebrate and appreciate a dear colleague who was moving on to a greater work adventure. I also had the wonderful pleasure of knowing more colleagues beyond just their names. I treasured every conversation over lunch, dinner, at the pantry, and even by the restroom sink. A highlight of highlights in the week was the day I ate a jar of salad for lunch in my half-hearted attempt to be healthy. 'Half-hearted' because I finished a plate of deep-fried squid later that same day for dinner. Round Two resumes this next week as I've already placed my order in for a jar of salad.

Outside of work, I got to hang out with my parents like they were my uber-cool teenage friends. What a privilege it was to freely and unhurriedly spend time with family. I also got to catch up with a dear friend and mentor today over an exquisite meal of pancakes. I left feeling encouraged and refreshed as I mulled over her words of wisdom and her honorable choices all these years while walking closely with God.

I am thankful for reminders every day of God's goodness and faithfulness through the people around me. It has truly become one of my life's greatest joys: People. I think my 19-year-old severely introverted self would keel over from shock if she were to find out about this then. But I have since learned that God is more than able to stretch, shape, and strengthen one's character. And one's appetite, too, for that matter! All that is needed is just several doses of willingness, humility, and trust.

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." -James 3:17