Two weeks ago, I took a break for a trip to the United Kingdom for the baptism of my one year old goddaughter in Oxford, did the touristy thing in London, and a day trip to Liverpool where I studied for my degree.
Although travelling can be exhausting (14 hours flight!) especially the after effect of being jet-lagged and the change of temperature, but it is a trade-off for the experience to open up my mind to the culture, creativity and beauty of a city.
I realized that each city has its own dynamics. In London, it is fast moving as people are always rushing to commute their point of destination especially on the underground tube. While in Oxford it is slower in pace and has many beautiful parks and since it is a well-known place for academia, it definitely has an air of intellectual vibe. As for Liverpool which was the European City of Culture for United Kingdom n 2008, is a vibrant beautiful city full of energy.
The architecture of the buildings in London such as the Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Tower Bridge is simply astonishing. The capability of storing massive amount of books and data in the University Libraries in Oxford is mind blowing. If you are a fan of the Beatles, you should already know that Liverpool is where they first begun and collaborated.
While visiting these cities, it dawned on me how diverse and beautiful the human kind can be (assuming that we just focus on the positive, but also bearing in mind the propensity to be destructive). God has given us the gift of creating culture, buildings and governance. As the ultimate Creator, he has given us the ability to be creative.
In line with this, the baptism of my goddaughter reminded me that not only that He is a faithful God (as my goddaughter is the answer to many years of waiting and prayers by her parents) but when He creates and give, he does it marvelously. If only we take a moment of stop, pause and reflect, we would be able to notice his handprint in all of life.
That is why, in writing this article, I would like to reflect on be grateful for life in general (including the struggles) because before the beauty of the beautiful buildings stand in their glory were the toils and hours of labour. Before my goddaughter was born, there were many occasions of disappointments but silenced by continuous prayer and trust in God.
Life is a beautiful struggle, and I liken it as a painting or a building with incredible architecture. The painting wouldn’t be as attractive or mesmerizing without some dark colours in the midst of the bright or pastel colours. While the construction of the building prior to completion would have been dirty, messy and back-breaking. However, personally I am learning to be grateful for the bright colours as well as the dark, the process as well as the finality of an event in life. What I am grateful for is the sense of knowing that God is in the midst of all my struggles are – be it personal, relational, financial, or health.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 ESV)
“Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)
Hello, my name is Timmie and I’m from Malaysia. I am a lawyer by profession. I am a charismatic, passionate person and enjoy beautiful things in life such as travelling to different cities to appreciate the culture. I love fashion and appreciate ‘coffee time’ with people to talk about life and build meaningful relationships. I’m passionate about the things of God, the Church and authentic leadership. My deepest desire is to embrace all that God has called me to be and be a blessing to whoever that God has placed in my life past, present and future. Our God is a GREAT God, and the best is yet to come !🙂