I grew up in a Christian family. I spent my childhood going to Sunday school, listening to Bible stories, but I was doing all these because my parents told me to. I was a Christian by identity but not by faith. It was all until I experienced His grace.  

My story started when I decided that I wanted to study overseas. After listing out all the options, it came to mind that I wanted to go to Monash University. I talked through my plan with my dad and prayed to God about it. Everything went smoothly until my last year of high school. When I was about to submit my application form, I was told that they couldn’t accept me due to changes to the requirements. I felt angry and disappointed with God and hit one of the lowest season in my walk with Christ. I kept questioning God about this.It went on for months and even when my friends shared the Word of God to me, I neglected them. 

Long story short, I ended up going to QUT. I wasn’t happy with the decision, but I had no other choice either. I went for Orientation week to start the semester and was approached by a girl. We talked and turns out that she’s from a Christian Club called CCM and asked me whether I would like to visit Hope Church. Not knowing anyone in Brisbane at that time, I said yes to her invitation with the intention to make new friends. To my surprise, the service was great and my heart was touched by His love. I found joy when I was worshipping Him and through listening to His Word. Since then, I started joining church and lifegroup.

A year has passed since then, I was taking a bus home from lifegroup and suddenly God reminded me the time I grumbled about not being able to study in Monash University. My heart sank, my heart was screaming inside, regretting the anger I had against Him. I was forcing my own desires and not letting God do what He has planned for me. Yet despite my stubbornness, His grace was always there to captivate my soul whenever I’m down. I took a moment to reflect my journey with Christ ever since I joined Hope Church. I have to say that I’m glad that I ended up in Brisbane. God has taught me to trust in His plans and to wait on His timing for certain things. Even when things do not go as how I wanted it to be, His ways will always be higher than mine. There are countless times where I become inpatient and want to take matter into my own hands. However, everytime when I choose to surrender everything to Him, He never fails to amaze me. I can be assured that He will always be there to guide me through it.

Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”.

David Santoso
Finance Graduate / Bachelor of Business – QUT
QUT 1, St. Lucia Morning Service

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