It has been nearly 10 years since I began my journey with God, yet I have never really put into practice true dependence on God. By that, I mean putting Him at the center of my life, despite learning about and hearing this message a lot in church.

I graduated from High School last year and am currently a First Year University Student. As expected, the work load is plenty more compared to high school. Therefore, in recent months, my priorities shifted. I felt like I have a never-ending pile of things to do all the time, and nothing seemed to go the way I wanted. I felt frustrated and the desire to give up was not distant.

Just as I was feeling distressed with all things appearing unstable to me, the rays of God’s light and hope began to emerge through my struggles. He showed me that throughout all these times, I shifted my perspectives in life off of Him. I realised that not only had I neglected Him in many ways and was not fully submissive to Him, I was trying to find my own way to deal with my struggles.

Through the struggles I had, I learnt a significant lesson – in everything I do I MUST put God at the center of my life and to confidently have faith in Him, the creator of all things.  Though not always immediate, in His way and time, He will bless me, and miraculous things will begin to happen in my life.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on you own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.” 

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Indeed, the Lord never fails to keep His promises. He blessed me with unexpected grades and He has once again given me the peace and confidence that no one can ever give me. He also reminded me that, sometimes life can be extremely challenging, but as children of God, we know that by the power of Christ Jesus, we can overcome; therefore, we should always persevere, though most times, it may hurt.

I am very grateful to God, that He took time to invest in my life and allow me to experience the true meaning of being dependent on Him. I can testify to you that God is truly able.

Charlotte Yung Vun Pang
Bachelor of Exercise & Nutrition Studies, University of Queensland
Powerhouse, Ablaze Service

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