God has taught me a lot since I arrived here in New Zealand back in June 2017. During my first 3 months He allowed major changes to happen. I was water baptised back in September 2017, with His grace and mercy I was able to finally quit smoking in August of last year, He blessed me with a very supportive and loving spiritual family and the list goes on.My life here isn’t just about rainbows and butterflies but it has been a fantastic roller coaster ride……………..
These are 3 of the most valuable lessons God has taught me:
1. STAY HUMBLE AND DO NOT LOSE FOCUS
Deuteronomy 8:14 NLT “Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt”
New Zealand is beautiful, her natural beauty is amazing and so as its people. This country gave me more than what I have back home, a higher salary, a less stressful environment and a greater opportunity not just for me but for my (future) family. But sometimes, we tend to focus more on what New Zealand has to offer rather thanfocusing on God who brought us here, the One who created this land and what God has to offer. The Lord has taught me to be humble and to not lose my focus on Himdespite the beauty and riches in this land. Every single day He will remind me that He is more beautiful, He is the reason why I am here, and I am here to be His witness and He’s the one who saved me and is continuously providing for me.
2. BE PROUD OF YOUR WEAKNESSES
2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weaknesses.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
I have met a lot of people here who are more skilled, who has more work experiences and who has a greater chance of becoming a resident/citizen than I am. I felt inferior, I felt like this isn’t the right place for me, I thought that I don’t have enough armour to win the battle of the immigrants in this land. But the Lord has taught me that His grace is all I need. The Lord has taught me that whatever I do, wherever I am from, whatever visa I have for as long as I work for Him and with Him, He will never abandon me. I can be proud that I am weak for He is my strength.When I heard Eileen prophesied to me, He assured me once again that He has a place for me in this tunnel. As I continue my journey here, I will continue to boast my weaknesses, so He can show his power in my life and I will continue to hold onto His promise that He has a place for me here in New Zealand.
3. TRUST HIS TIMING
Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord”
The expiry date of my visa was on 29/06/2018 and I was only able to apply for a new visa on 05/06/2018 because my employer wasn’t certain before and it took a lot of time to gather all the required documents. I thought at that time that I will be sent home, or my visa will be denied, or I will be on an interim visa where I can’t work while waiting for the new visa because the Immigration’s processing time is 69 working days. But then I thought that God isn’t like that. I know Him and since I haveboasted about my weaknesses with other people, I know He will never shame His name. I trusted Him, submitted my visa and voila it was approved after 5 working days. His timing was perfect. That visa approval was perfect because on the 24th of June my grandmother passed away and I was able to go home and celebrate her life because I don’t have to wait for my visa anymore. He didn’t want me to choose whether I will go home and forget about my New Zealand journey or stay here and mourn by myself. I knew Him, and I know Him, I know the God that I am serving that is why I trusted Him and He was right. He made all things perfect in His time.