Work of the Spirit
What is our response when things do not go our way? How is our response a reflection of who God is and how He is working in us? Toby Wu and a sister-in-Christ share with us how God worked in them as they wrestled with challenges and struggles.
When I fractured my ankle back in March, I never thought the pain I experienced would convict me of anything more than mere foolishness. I had been in one of the most ‘productive periods’ of my life: I was studying a heavier course load, doing a part-time internship, and even training to represent my university in cheerleading. I had been chided for my hectic and fast-paced life, but I was proud to be able to manage such intense commitments and to develop myself in all the things I enjoyed.
So when they all came to an abrupt halt, I felt extremely lost. Many well-meaning people suggested that perhaps God was telling me to slow down, but in the emptiness of days spent recovering I could only fret over how much time and ‘progress’ I was losing.
It truly amazes me that although I had chosen to grovel in my sin, God still pursued my stubborn heart which had only anticipated the supposed promises of a restored physical body. As blessed as I was to have received such immense care from my family, friends and our church, I was most blessed with the relentless Holy Spirit that broke my pride and confronted me with the gospel. I was shown, in many ways, how helpless I was in choosing to depend on my meritocratic pursuits which made me feel strong, always refusing my humble identity of a born-again disciple of Christ.
Although I am so grateful for my physical healing, I am even more awed by how my soul has been made new in Christ and is slowly being sanctified every single day. While I still face the temptation of buying into the false gospel of my boundless individual potential, His mercies are indeed new every morning, and He gives me the strength to trust and follow Him.
[This sister-in-Christ has rightly requested for anonymity given the sensitive nature of her sharing. We thank her for her willingness to share and encourage our fellow readers.]
What would you do when you were discouraged by things happening in the office which you thought were not right? Or when you saw injustice? Or when you were unfairly passed over for a promotion? I was caught in a situation where there was power struggle among the bosses. I reported to the second-highest-ranking boss in the company. My immediate boss and his boss did not see eye-to-eye on many issues and had frequent conflicts, arguing over many work issues so much that work got stalled. Decisions were not made on a timely basis, and that inadvertently affected those working under them.
Over the years I had always received very good performance rating, and I was due for a promotion. I was very disappointed my promotion did not go through as I was caught in the power struggle. Eventually my immediate boss had to leave the company. With my immediate boss gone, I was at a loss. Going to work was painful. During this trying period, I was praying and crying out to God for His help and deliverance. Every morning before I started work, I would try to read the Bible faithfully and pray unceasingly, trusting Him and believing that He will work things out for the good of those who love Him.
God’s word has brought much comfort and strength to me as He reminded me that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I read Psalms every morning to refresh my soul. Psalm 9:9-10 were some of the verses that I had clung on to in times of discouragement: “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”