Answered Prayer - Tsai-Ni Chiang

Before coming to Scotland, I was very excited about starting a new life in a completely new place, but I would be lying if I told you I did not have any concern or worry at all. I worried about living alone for the first time, not knowing anyone, not making friends, not able to understand the Scottish accent, and not being able to take good care of myself. But what I worried the most was my spiritual life. I was very much anxious about leaving my “spiritual comfort zone” completely for the first time; I couldn’t stop asking myself: “Is this really God’s plan for me?” “Am I really following His will?” Leaving my church where I came to faith, my pastor, and Christian friends was very hard for me as I felt I was being “uprooted” from my spiritual comfort zone; it almost felt like I was leaving God as well. But I knew that God is so much bigger than my comfort zone and no matter how far I go, He will be there for me (Psalm 139), and even though the environment or human hearts may change, He will never change. So I prayed that God would protect me, keep me in faith, and help me to find a Christian community where I can worship. Now I’ve been in Stirling for more than two months, and how God has answered my prayers is beyond my imagination. A Christian Chinese girl, Ariel who I just met the day before, brought me to Stirling Free Church (SFC) on the fourth day of my arrival in Stirling, and it has been the most amazing answer to my prayer. The first time I came to SFC, I knew this is where God wants me to be. I was completely amazed by God’s faithfulness as I worshipped with the congregation and sang, “we will stand as children of the promise… we’ll walk by faith and not by sight…” How beautiful is the body of Christ! Even though I was on the other side of the earth, in a totally new and foreign country, I am still worshipping the same God, with my brothers and sisters in Christ who by faith are all children of God in the same family of God. In these two months, every day God reminds me of His might, power and faithfulness. Even in the down times, God comforted me and encouraged me through His words and the Christian communities, both SFC and fellowship on campus, that I’m beyond thankful to be part of. God has answered my prayer by guiding me to a new place to know Him more and worship Him more deeply, just like He called Abraham to the foreign land thousand years ago. I realised that what I felt as “uprooted” was actually God rooting me deeper in faith by showing me His love and calling me to a deeper faith and worship. I don't need to fear anything wherever I go to serve Him, for now, I can say with David, “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”  An

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