ODYSSEY TO FAITH
When I was younger, unlike the more common dreams of being a doctor, lawyer or businessman, I aimed to be a president. I wanted to be president not just of the Philippines, but of the world. As young as I was, I wanted to rule everything, thinking that life would be good, pleasing, and perfect.
On the summer before high school, I attended a retreat where I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and my life was forever changed. I started to be discipled. I attended youth services, did my quiet time, and served in ministry and finally led my own small group.
Upon entering college, I took up Economics thinking that this would help me in reaching my goals. I wanted to one day be the President, after all. I became active in extracurricular activities, too: lead in a big student organizations, won student council election, and have our church’s youth ministry recognized as a an official student organization in my school campus. I had my life exactly where I wanted it to be.
On my senior year, companies were already offering me employment so I decide to join my church’s prayer and fasting week. On the first day, I felt the LORD impress upon my heart to go full time as a campus missionary after graduation. I was hesitant as this meant giving up my dreams. I asked for a sign, to see a rainbow, because I had never seen one before. Shortly after praying, I saw a rainbow. All throughout the week I saw rainbows upon rainbos in almost every conceivable way. In the sky, billboards, TV, pictures, buses, and the list goes on. The end of the fast was a Sunday, as our local pastor was preaching, he gave an illustration about a rainbow. I could not remember the message that day but the illustration stuck me. I could not believe the timing.
I said, “Okay Lord, I’m convinced!” So, I decided to commit to follow God and go full time. There were no more rainbows that day but come night time, I looked up and saw the moon engulfed by a full circle rainbow. My jaw dropped in amazement.
When I graduated, my dreams were within reach, more companies were calling me up. I became foolish and stubborn as I entertained those companies, there even came a time where I stopped praying and doing my quiet time because I knew what He is going to tell me. All that time there was no peace within me.
Each time I would go back to God and say yes, another company would call and again I would entertain them. This lasted for four months. At the end of July, I finally said, “Okay, I will follow God” and I laid down my life and my dreams to Him.
He spoke to me through Romans 12:1-3 which says
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”
God was clear in telling me not to follow the world’s ways of going to school and then find work, but to follow God in the way He was calling me. And give myself to Him wholly, not to consider myself more important.
It’s been almost seven years since that time. Today, I serve the Lord full time, winning the university campuses for Jesus. I may never be president but God has shown me that there is no better place than to be in the center of His will, where I have tasted and seen the Lord, and affirm His plans to be good, pleasing, and perfect.
JC Yu is the UBELT District Coordinator for ELEVATE. He is passionate about winning the campuses for Jesus.