Thanksgiving has always been something I’ve been curious about as it’s not a ‘holiday’ celebrated here in Malaysia. The name of the holiday itself implies that it is a time people can reflect and be thankful for what has happened throughout the year (the origins of the holiday has its roots from American history, however. You can Google it).
2016 has no doubt been one of the most challenging years for me. Reflecting on my experiences of the previous year, I’ve seen how I’ve learned to take a stand for myself and even to take up several new responsibilities (in my university’s Christian Fellowship). I never knew how much change this year would have brought.
I still remember, earlier this year, praying and telling God that I wanted a break from the things that I felt were cluttering my life and that I just wanted a “selah” moment to take it all in…. but God really knows what’s best for us, though.
Along the way and throughout the year, I learnt to depend on God’s character, strength and comfort more than ever. Upon reflection, I realized God has answered my prayer in various ways – through the many new friends He has brought into my life, as well as the friends He has placed in my life who have always been there for me in times of trouble and joy. He has rekindled in me a fresh purpose and passion, as a student, and I can testify that He has encouraged me in my lowest moments.
So while I can fully admit that this has been a really challenging year, it has also been a year I can look back and give all thanks and glory to God – honouring Him as the One who has sustained me and journeyed with me throughout the year. Trusting God and His plans whole-heartedly has never been easy for me but the only thing I can say is that I’m putting one step forward, step by step, towards that goal.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5: 16 -18
The lyrics of the song ‘Broken Beautiful’ (click here to listen) sum up most of my year perfectly:
I know that I don’t bring a lot to the table
Just little pieces of a broken heart
There’s days I wonder if You’ll still be faithful
Hold me together when I fall apart?
Would You remind me now of who You are?
That Your love will never change,
that there’s healing in your name
That You can take broken things,
and make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
and make them beautiful
— by Katrina Chua