When I started to notice many whom I believe are keen crafters or festive decoration enthusiasts checking my old blogs on Christmas crafts out, I was reminded that the special season of the year is fast approaching and the year will soon draw to a close. It seems like it was only a few short weeks ago that I was struggling to gain the trust of the team and trying to find my footing at my new job but in actual fact, at the end of this month I will have turned over 8-month worth of new leaves in this new chapter of my life.
Yes, 8 long months seem to have flown by at the blink of an eye after I have settled in and got life into a routine. Over the months, socially the good times are truly great when I get to explore the city, do new things, spend time with friends of old and new. Work wise after the initial trying period, the unnecessary fences have long been torn down and I secretly rejoice that the few who were considered to be the most difficult to win over have now become my friends and allies. However, the daily grind of work makes being stretched a constant in my life of being a hotelier.
In general, I do not think I have changed much over the months. Though there are many things to do in the big city and it is always an excitement to be out and about, I still am the homebody who does not mind spending lazy weekends in the spacious one-bedroom junior suite that I now call home. I treasure the Saturdays that I get off as for the first time in my working life, I have an additional day off over the weekend!
I have gotten used to not having a stove as limited by my living quarters but I have in fact, managed to live and eat well with only a few but essential appliances such as a handy rice cooker that cooks more than just rice, a slow cooker, a microwave oven and even a blender. Hmm, maybe one of these days I will start a blog on living without a stove!
The one thing that I find challenging surprisingly is making friends at church. I put it down as my willingness to lead a solitary existence and make no effort to walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation in a church that is many times bigger than the one at home, such is the norm in big cities. I thank God that the void is being filled by the many spiritual friends at home that I can still call and rally their prayer support and advice. We might have been separated by distance but we are bound by the love of Christ.
One thing that remains unchanged in this season is that I continue to depend on the Lord for His guidance, trust in His faithfulness and rest in His presence.
7“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
耶 利 米 書 17:7-8
7 倚 靠 耶 和 華 、 以 耶 和 華 為 可 靠 的 ， 那 人 有 福 了 ！
8 他 必 像 樹 栽 於 水 旁 ， 在 河 邊 扎 根 ， 炎 熱 來 到 ， 並 不 懼 怕 ， 葉 子 仍 必 青 翠 ， 在 乾 旱 之 年 毫 無 掛 慮 ， 而 且 結 果 不 止 。