Oct 24, 2006

I am never alone!

You, LORD, will not forsake Your people, nor abandon Your very own. If the LORD were not my help, I would long have been silent in the grave. When I say, "My feet is slipping," Your love, LORD, holds me up...
- Psalm 94
I just came back from a field survey in Bintulu, a not-so-big town which is about 45 minutes of flight from Kuching. When I was on the plane on my way back home, I reflected on the days I had there. I was alone... my supervisor was supposed to go with me but due to some unknown reasons, he sent me off alone to this foreign town. Well, I wasn't really alone though. I flew there with a colleague and another 3 professionals; I felt lonely because I didn't know them as well as I've known my supervisor.

Oh nope. That wasn't what I was worried about. The thing that worried me the most (it occupied my mind ever since I got to know that I had to go to Bintulu without my supervisor) was that I would have to drive all the five of us to the site... using a 4-WD. Something which I've never done before! I know how to drive, but I've never anticipated a 4WD or any car bigger than the normal, standard-sized cars. Furthermore, I would be driving in a town which is totally foreign to me.

Let's keep the long story short and get straight to the point.

Even though I felt alone, I wasn't totally alone. God sent nice people to be with me. My Caucasian colleague, the traffic expert and two technicians assisting her, the geologist, and my dear aunt. Through them, I felt the strong presence of God... everything was well organised and I felt that I was well taken care of.

I really don't know how to explain this or to put it into words, but I do know that He has never left my side no matter where I am and was, no matter how alone I seemed to be at that moment. It was just AMAZING... when I looked back, He was there in every situation. Perhaps that was why I didn't face much trouble at all.

When I got into the plane all by myself (because all the rest have gone back the day before), it was peace and joy that I experienced. I knew I wasn't alone after all.

It is more than enough to know that He travels by my side! And truly, as St. Paul says, God will not give us more than we can handle [1 Cor 10:13].

I give You thanks, O Lord, for these people You've sent. And Father, thank You for always being there. Through Jesus' name, AMEN.
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