I took a walk along the lake yesterday to freshen up my brain. I prayed for some to-be-made decisions and asked God for clarity, where I felt stuck.
I eventually sat down by the water, facing St. Pierre Cathedral’s silhouette across the lake underneath the golden setting sun. The surrounding snowy Alps were patiently expecting colours of another gorgeous sunset spilt on their white tops. All I could hear were the waves lapping gently to the shore beneath my feet and seagulls’ squawking.
As I sat there, I began to remember again how blessed I was.
When John Calvin preached the Word of God at St. Pierre Cathedral, the one I was looking at now, five hundred years ago during Reformation, he couldn’t have imagined the profound ripple effect he would make because of his “yes” to God.
Not only the filthy little town called Geneva was transformed, thanks to the biblical education Calvin and his friends promoted, but also the whole of Europe caught the spark of Revolution and restructured.
Later, Mayflower took Protestant refugees who held their faith close to heart while challenging the fear of Unknown, to the land of America to explore a new life.
Now, a girl from China sat on the newly-constructed beach of Lake Geneva, soaking in the glory of another sunset, benefiting from the fresh air and the city’s prosperity, thinking about the foundation on which this country and this continent were built. It happens to be the same foundation where my life was built since 19. And we happen to live in a land where we didn’t grow up but exploring new possibilities of living.
I felt deeply grateful. How foolish it is to keep asking for more but forget to look around to see what we already have. That moment, I remembered my root, which made the connection between my brief personal history with the city’s ancient one. There is only one God and one account of His Word.
If, my friend, the power of His Word and Spirit have shaped the history and transformed the nations, do you believe it can also change you and your situation today?
When I got up from the beach, I understood why I felt stuck in my work these days. It was because my focus started to go off. My heart had drifted away from working for the audience of One to seeking the approval of many, as if they could give me something that God couldn’t. As if His words and promise to me weren’t enough.
You may have heard this many times, but I want to share this ancient wisdom with you as I reminded myself: “We can’t serve two masters.” (Matthew 6:24)
In whatever we do, let our motivation be genuinely serving the Lord and building His kingdom, for He is Creator, History Maker, more than enough.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. (NIV)