“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14/NIV)
God is good all the time. His goodness never fails. When we focus on our circumstances, many times we find ourselves discouraged, overwhelmed, and afraid. But, there is no need for us to be that way. Focus on who God is. The God I serve and trust is good always. Let’s praise Him and give our hearts to Him, and He will take care of all other things according to His goodness.
My last blog post of the year of 2011 was written in September, and it is already January 2, 2012. It is one of Korean church traditions that church members gather together on New Year’s Eve to have fellowship and worship. Depending on individual churches, the service(s) starts between 11:00pm and 11:30pm and lasts for an hour or few hours. So, as usual, I started this year during the worship service. The message was on the qualification of a spiritual leader, and God refreshed my mind and allowed me to examine myself as a teacher. And, during the Sunday worship service, He reminded me that I need to trust Him firmly because He is faithful and keeps His promise. He taught me that the biggest blessing that I can ever receive is God’s presence in my life.
I took a moment to reflect upon my last year, 2011. There were several major changes in my life. I started my first ministry at New Orleans Korean United Methodist Church, where I have been loved by so many good people. My family got permanent resident cards in April, 2011, which my family had been praying for over a few years. I got a new on-campus job that I love. And as you can see from my last blog, I got engaged to the most amazing guy ever! Besides these, God has blessed me with countless things. Although there were times when I felt sad, discouraged, angry, and so forth, all I could remember was the blessings God poured out on me. I could see that God had been in my life, and I believe He will continue to be with me.
Though I cannot see what tomorrow will hold, I can trust my God who has always been with me and given me abundant blessings. Happy New Year, 2012! and I pray that I would always remember that I have received the greatest blessing, the presence of God.