Little Joys, Big Blessing // 小小的快樂,大大的祝福

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I am so happy today.  At first, it seems like it’s all because of little “insignificant” things.  我今天非常快樂!最初,快樂好像是來自於生活上的“瑣碎”小事。

I am so happy today.  At first, it seems like it’s all because of little “insignificant” things.

I have been a 2nd grade teaching assistant at a summer school for the past month and it is coming to an end tomorrow.  Everything is well and set for tomorrow’s pirate-themed farewell party. My mother and I found a suitable pirate game that only requires the limited arts and crafts resources I have at home.  I also exhausted all my baking skills and successfully produced a tray full of really cute pirate cupcakes.  Time went by so fast this afternoon because I was really enjoying myself in all this preparation work that will surely bring smiles on the kids’ faces.

I’m generally very happy after a day in school but today, the feeling of joy is much more intense than usual for some reason.  I have been dancing and humming happy tunes all evening.  Just as I was wondering why that was, it suddenly hit me that I am so happy because I am overwhelmingly grateful to my faithful God.  My family has gone through a lot in the past year.  We shared many tears and heartaches. We thought we would never be the same again.  There are still wounds to be healed and also new challenges to face, but God has led us every step of the way out of the shadow and into His light.  My family has also become much closer to God.  A year ago, I would never have imagined that we would be living such a happy family life again so soon.  For this, I thank our Lord for staying by our side and blessing us with the healing that we silently but desperately needed and also the wisdom to overcome every obstacle with love.  Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies (Psalm 36:5).

As I was singing my praises to God, I realized that the tune I was humming all evening was actually a Cantopop “oldie” from the 90’s that I haven’t listened to for the longest time.  The chorus of the song sings:

(translation of Cantonese lyrics)

Even though the world keeps on changing, there are ups and downs, meetings and partings
I can always overcome all challenges to start anew
I carry laughter
And take back all my sighs
I will live out my true style

I know this is not a Christian song but the message from God is clear to me – He has blessed me with a new life.  I am determined to live it to the fullest to spread God’s love through my actions.

- a very happy Cecilia 28.07.2011

 

我今天非常快樂!最初,快樂好像是來自於生活上的“瑣碎”小事。

過去的一個月,我在暑期班擔任小學二年級的助教。暑期班還有一天就結束了,明天海盜主題的告別派對的一切都準備好了。媽媽和我找到了一個適合小朋友的海盜遊戲,而這遊戲所需的材料都是我們家裡僅有的美術材料內有的。我也毫不留情地運用了我所有的烘培技能,成功烤出一盤非常可愛的海盜造型小蛋糕。那下午的時間過得很快,因為我樂在其中,我知道這些預備功夫一定會為小孩的臉上增添笑容。

其實我每天下課一般都很開心,但是今天喜悅的感覺不知何故比平常的更加強烈。我整個傍晚也在跳舞和哼著快樂的旋律。正當我在想為甚麼的時候,我突然發現我那麼開心是因為我對我信實的主有著滿瀉的感恩。我和家人在過去的一年經歷了很多。我們一起經歷了很多眼淚和心痛。我們以為我們從此就不再一樣了。雖然我們還有傷口有待醫治以及新的挑戰等待著我們,但是主真的一步一步地把我們從黑暗裡走進祂的光。我的家人也因此跟主比較親近。一年前,我簡直不能想像我們每一個都能那麼快便再次過著正常的生活。為此,我感謝我的主與我們同在,並賜予那些我們默默地在絕望裡所需的醫治以及智慧,好讓我們能用愛解決每一道難題。耶和華啊,祢的慈愛,上及諸天。祢的信實,達到穹蒼。(詩篇365

當我為主送上讚美時,我發現我整個傍晚在哼的旋律原來是一首我很久沒有聽過的九十年代 “老歌”。那首歌的主音部份是這樣的:

浮沈聚散變化又再
但是總可捲土重來
背起笑聲
收起我感慨
活出真我的風采

我知道這不是基督教的詩歌,但對我來說,主給我的啟示非常清楚 - 祂給了我新生活的祝福。我決心要活出充實的人生,並透過我的行動去傳播主的愛。

- 非常開心的Cecilia (28.07.2011)

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