“Do you trust me to provide for all your needs?” I heard God ask.
Through tears, I was staring at a piece of paper with the words “REQUEST FOR CANCELLATION OF APPLICATION BEFORE BOOKING FLAT”.
Yes, I trusted that God would take care of me, but having to physically pick up a pen and sign on the form in that very moment was the hardest thing I ever had to do.
I did not have the best relationship with my father when I was growing up.
Like most Chinese fathers of his generation, my dad provided financially for the family and brought us on outings and holiday trips. However, I did not find him to be very emotionally present or expressive. In my head, I knew he must love me, but in my heart, I did not feel that he delighted over me or enjoyed my company.
Recently, my friend shared that he doubted if he would still be a Christian if it weren’t for the friends who were there for him in 2018.
That was the year he had lost a very dear cousin to sickness. And then, barely two months later, the rest of his cousin’s family members died in a tragic road accident.
My friend was devastated, and struggled to understand why God allowed for it to happen.
With no valentine to speak of, the “day of love” passed by quite uneventfully for me this year. I did not give it a second thought until a Christian sister I knew was attached quipped after an evening of Bible study together that it was “just another day.”
It surprised me that she could shrug it off so easily. Was I placing an undue premium on Valentine’s Day?
Relationships are precious and just like with your relationship with God, it requires time and effort to build strong, trusting, and healthy relationships in life. Relationships can come in many forms and can bud when you least expect—they can be beautiful, and relationships can be difficult. If you’re looking for Christian advice on how to maintain and grow healthy dating relationships, or if you’re looking to strengthen relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors, read these articles to see how the Bible offers practical wisdom to help you.
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