After settling the technical stuffs involved in the Christmas concert, we shared what God has been teaching us personally. Tears welled down as one of us narrated how Jesus' sacrifice deeply touched his heart; others were grateful for experiencing God's faithfulness in their lives. It's beautiful to see His glory shining in our strengths and weaknesses. Truly our failures do not have the final word in determining the outcome of our lives--they are in fact God's instruments in bringing about the purposes He had in mind. It's a perfect platform for God's salvation to shine.
This year has been challenging for me. After years of hardwork and meaningful planning in the ministry, God allowed me to pass through fiery trials. My faith and hope were shaken. I gave up dreaming for His Kingdom. I lived a safe life. I got caged in fear; painful memories paralyzed me.
Yet it was during those moments that I experienced the power of God's truth. He performed what I could not do. All along I thought I could be in charge of my life and the youth ministry. I was so dependent of my own wisdom and the past experiences I had. But then I saw that God was the One working behind the scenes. He has been allowing things to happen by the 'good counsel of His will'. Therefore He is worthy of all praise in all the triumphs and trials I experience. In all these things I got to know how stable and unfailing God's love is. Successful ministry doesn't make God love me more; failures do not make Him love me less. This truth compels me to press on to know Him for who He is. ♫