Growing up both my parents worked extremely hard to provide for the family and consequently I was never in need or want. In fact, I can honestly say that I’ve never faced true hardship or major setbacks in my life. I started attending Hope Church after coming to Brisbane in 2015, and every week without fail, there will be someone sharing their personal testimony of how God impacted their lives. It has always been a challenge for me to fully comprehend how God works in those testimonies. Don’t get me wrong, I am always so encouraged to hear those testimonies, but as I alluded to earlier, I have never found myself to be in a situation where I had no other recourse but seek God and watch Him work His miracles in my situation.

In a sense, I thought I couldn’t really claim to know God or have experienced Him personally when I haven’t experienced on a personal level this awe-inspiring moment where a single ray of light was shining through the darkness of my situation. A sign as clear as any that it was God who I was experiencing and who is working His awesome miracles that I hear week in week out in church. However, a very particular sermon shared by Pastor Joshua stood out and really impacted me. The essence of the sermon was that the current society we live in having such a fixation on the “bigger and better” and how this mentality has crept into the Christian faith as well. Everything has to be bigger and better, if it’s not an over-the-top spectacle, then is it really even worthy of being called God’s work?

That sermon hit me like a truck (pardon my use of this hyperbole, the irony is not lost on me), it was such a wake-call and really spoke to my spirit of how God moves in every area of my life, no matter how trivial they seem to me. It got me to truly appreciate how God has blessed me with this amazingly stable life. Treasuring every minute victory, no matter how small it may seem to me, that is an act of worship and glorifies God in itself. I do not have to wait to experience God in the dramatic moments of my life, but in every moment of my life, I get to experience Him.

I do not have a life-changing testimony where God came in and did a 180 on my situation, but what I do have is a stable life that I am beyond grateful for. Hopefully, this speaks to some, that God is not only a God of miracles that comes through in big decisive moments, but He is also a God that cares about every minute detail and facet of our lives.

Jaren Lim
Bachelor of Business (Honours)
UQ9

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