Two weeks ago I was teaching Indonesian history to my 7th graders. We were talking about Indonesian kingdoms and the artifacts that prove their existence. The artifacts of these kingdoms are in forms of writing on different media such as stones and leaves. I remember one of the questions that I asked my students was: “Why did people write or build memorials?” And some of the students said almost in unison, “because they want to remember it.”
It made me recall one part in the Bible about Samuel building the memorial and he called it Ebenezer which means “the stone of help”, for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” (1 Samuel 7:12) Samuel built this memorial because the Lord had just helped him lead the people of Israel to victory against the Philistines. Samuel wanted to remember that he and the people of Israel were able to get to the point where they were because the Lord had helped them.
Today, just a month before I turn 27, I’d like to also build my own Ebenezer memorial by writing this post on my blog. I’d like to take time remembering how the Lord has brought me this far in life with all the ups and downs that He has allowed me to go through. I didn’t always get to taste only the sweet moments, but also the bitter ones. Both moments of rise and fall have helped me be the person I am today and I am thankful for both.
I remember almost ten years ago, I had to bury my dreams of getting into university because my parents could not afford sending me to one. I remember feeling like my world has ended because I ended up staying at home after graduation. But through a friend of mine I heard about UPH Teachers College and I applied for it. Today, almost ten years after that day, I am an alumni and in my fifth year of teaching. Oh how time flies so fast!
I remember almost five years ago, I was unhappy with the teaching assignment that I got. I had to leave my family and all the comfort of living in a city to go to a small town in a far away island to teach something I wasn’t trained for! But those years I spent in that small town had helped me grow to appreciate life and even find my deeper calling as a Christian. Today, almost five years after that day, I am missing to go there again to see my little students have grown after I left. They are not so little anymore, now! Oh how kids grow so fast as well!
I remember one and a half years ago I missed my flight to Jogja because I was so caught up with the news that I have been awarded with a scholarship by Indonesian government. It is definitely an amusing story to remember and to tell to my kids in the future for sure! Today, I am still striving for my IELTS score and waiting for the result to change my offer status to be unconditional upon meeting the English proficiency requirement. If the Lord wills, I am leaving for London in September this very year.
There are indeed so many things that I can remember on how the Lord has been good to me. Today, just a month away from my 27th birthday, I am recalling all the great things the Lord had allowed to happen to me. He allowed me to experience the trials but He turned it into praises for His own glory for it is not I, it is He who made all of them possible.
One thing I learned, welcoming myself into late-twenties is not that scary for they are just numbers. Instead, as I remember how good the Lord has been to me, it turns my heart into a joyful heart. Age is just merely number and His blessings are even more important to number. ❤