Early last year, when COVID-19 started to spread across Australia, I was preparing for my thesis submission as part of completing my Master’s Degree. I remember clearly how aware I was of the possibility that I could be jobless. With no sort of income, an expiring visa, and waiting for a Permanent residency visa invitation – I felt depressed and started to doubt if God really wanted me to stay in Brisbane like what I believe He told me years ago.

Serving in the student ministry and serving as an intercessor, I also experienced feeling and thinking that God did not love me. One day, God spoke to me in the early morning of my devotion time, He told me: “Look at the people that you are serving with, you know well how much I love them, and this is also how much I love you”. I broke down to tears and I felt that reconciliation spirit was drawing me back to God. Having that stronger bond kept me wanting to love Him deeper. I would rather be in the storm with Jesus than be in the still water without Him by my side.

After a few months, I received a phone call from my ex-supervisor who told me that there was a job opportunity, and he had my name put forward to the boss. After a few weeks, I was contacted, interviewed, and got the job. I thank God for this job because it is the job I have been looking for. The boss wanted me to work for at least 6 years, and I thank God for a good boss in this new opportunity who is happy to assist me with my visa application. Most importantly, I am so thankful to God that at the end of this journey, I can fully testify to God’s miracle and heart for each one of us. And at the end of it all, I give all the glory to God and I am not taking any credit from it.

Habakkuk 3:17-19, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.”

Alfred Leo
Geotechnical Engineer
UniGen UQ7, Hope Church St Lucia