Things I learnt in 2018

As the year comes to an end I’ve been reflecting on what God has taught me.

Firstly, His timing is perfect! In November of last year I began praying “God I’m willing to do whatever you want me to do, but you need to show me what that is.”  For about four months this was my daily prayer, and it wasn’t until February that God revealed what He wanted me to do this year. In a way that only God could orchestrate I heard about the WEC Mission intern program. During this time I had applied to countless job positions and knocked on what seemed like endless doors. One of my friends said to me one day “well, if it’s not this job, then God must have something better in store for you.” I truly believe God “works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28), and He has better plans than we can ever ask or imagine.

It was during this season of waiting on the Lord that my faith deepened and I learnt some amazing lessons of patience and trust! His plan and timing is truly perfect.

The second thing that God has shown me is that He is a God of transformation and redemption! He is, and always will be until Christ returns, at work drawing people to himself. I’ve seen this clearly in my own life this year as He heals the broken parts of me, and reveals His beauty. 

I’ve seen this in accounts of scripture, how he chose Abram and the people of Israel, but then also other unexpected people. The gospel is not the story of perfect people, but of broken people with a powerful and merciful God.

I’ve also seen this through the ministry of Betel  (church planting amongst drug addicts) and through my short-term trip to East Timor. We are never too far from God for His love!

Thirdly, I have seen that there is so much joy in doing what you’ve been called and designed to do. I think I had this idea of what being a missionary looked like, and I didn’t understand how I’d fit into that mould. Realising that it takes a whole team and different skills (1 Corinthians 12:4-6), has been so freeing and I’m now excited about how God can use me in His mission abroad.

In a podcast I was listening to recently, John Crist said “You know you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, when you’re doing it, you’re not thinking ‘I should be doing something else’… that’s what you’re put on the planet to do”. I replayed these lines a couple of times, as I’d never heard the description of purpose so clearly. And since then I’ve been really thinking about the things I love to do, and are these what God has put me on the planet to do? 

There have been so many elements of this year that have been super fun. But it has also been a super hard year, where I’ve been stretched and exhausted and pushed outside of my comfort zone. But in that time I’ve done new things and traveled to places I never dreamed of. I hope as the year comes to an end you’ll take some time to think about what you’ve learnt this year and what you hope to achieve in the New Year.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!

With love,
Amber

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