I once worked in the IT industry and my life revolved around working, eating, sleeping, occasional outings with mum and close friends and lastly, gaming. This box up lifestyle, coupled with a job that I could not see myself doing for long led me to question where my life was heading.
At that time, through online gaming, I came to know a young girl. After a couple of months, I confided in her that I found my life utterly meaningless. She heard me out—the ramblings of a crazy adult—and not long after, invited me to church to hear her sing on Easter day. She related to me how it is in church that she found inspiration in life. The calm surety this young person exuded piqued my interest and sparked the beginning of my journey in finding the meaning of life.
From the moment I stepped into the church’s sanctuary, I was warmly welcomed by the ushers and befrienders. In fact, I liked the service so much that I decided to return the following week. But ultimately, it was during a meeting with the pastor (which I would never forget to this day) that I learnt there can be no meaning in life until one finds the Lord. I pondered on what he said to me for the longest time before I plunged wholeheartedly into developing a relationship with God. During that time, I also resigned from my job.
That was three years ago. I would never go back to how my life used to be. I came alone, but found a family I never thought I would have and a new life that I could never have earned. To the young girl who led me to the doorstep of church, I know you would think nothing of it, but to you I would forever have two words—thank you.
Today, by the grace of God, I am serving in my local church in the young adults’ ministry alongside my pastor. I seek to be faithful in the portion that the Lord has entrusted to me for I recognize that the Lord has a plan for me. I echo the psalmist’s words: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139: 14-16 ESV).
In darkness I had lived,
Blinded by the trappings of the world.
Yet a light shines brighter as my heart grows in belief.
I shall hold on to this hope, no longer alone.
Now, my Savior walks with me,
And there in the distance is my eternal home.