His Promise Turned to Reality // 祂的承諾變成了事實

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In Joshua 1:6, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land…”

約書亞記1:6:“你當剛強壯膽!因為你必使這百姓承受那地為業⋯⋯“

“Hey. Which faculty are you studying in?”

“PolyU Hotel Management.”
“Wow! You’re great!”

The above conversation has happened frequently over the last two months, since the release of JUPAS results. I am so thankful for this.

It’s been a long story. A testimony that I’ve been longing to share for more than 1 year.

I’ll be 20 on my coming birthday. I was a student sitting for the 2010 AL exam.

I remember the day I decided to start revisions for AL with my good friend after school when I received a call from my sister – with bad news about my dad. He was sent to hospital due to his bad health and the situation seemed serious. I rushed to the hospital and all my revision plans and schedule were ruined.

Two days later, my dad passed away. It was a real shock.
I remember I did often pray, “Don’t take my dad away before my exam”. But things still happened. It took me at least one month to recover.

But God is really interesting and special.
Besides words of comfort, He gave me a promise during a prayer meeting.

“You will enter university.”

At that time, it seemed an impossibility to me. I had collapsed during the most important period for an AL applicant and my revision schedule was falling far behind others.

Then another shock incident happened in March. It’s may be hard to imagine how much worse things could get… but to an emotional person like me, it was really hard to do revisions at that time.

However, God did tell me His promise twice.
In spite of His promise, there were fears inside my heart. I could tell people about the promise but right after, I confessed words of impossibility and hopelessness. I was actually doubting whether I heard God’s voice correctly or if the promise was real. Tears and disappointment were constant throughout the revision and examination period. I cried while doing revision of Chinese History and before going to take the paper.

After facing the circumstances and denying the promise I received, the results were released in June. I got 1B and 1C in language subjects, but 2F in AL subjects and U in Chinese History.

It really did become impossible to enter university. So I decided to retake the AL exam. I thought and thought again what the main reason of failing was.

Then God led me to read Joshua.

In Joshua 1:6, “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land…”

1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Before Joshua, there were spies sent to look over the promised land and report the circumstances. The promised land was an impossibility in their eyes because they focus on the difficulties getting the land instead of the promise from God. Just the same as me.

Therefore I realized the problem was the lack of faith.

So I learned to have faith, learned to trust in God, learned to focus on promises not circumstances. Actually some told me it was impossible to enter any university if you retake AL. Some told me it was really hard to have a higher grade if you retake.

But every time I heard of impossibilities, God told me three words.
Not “I love you” haha, but “trust in me”. I responded and chose to trust in the promise I had.

In June 2011, the second release of result came. I got ABCDE in my combined cert. (A in AS Chinese History… it’s really crazy.) But I only got 10.2 in the PolyU score and the average score required for Hotel Management is 12.0. That means a difference of 1.8.

That was a really a big gap. You’ll know if you have ever joined the JUPAS system. And I began to hear “impossibilities” again. Some said it was too risky to put this faculty as one of my choices, some said it was impossible to enter it, some said if you put it you would receive no offer then.

I prayed and chose again. I put PolyU Hotel Management in my A1 choice.

And the final result came in July… “A1 – PolyU Hotel Management”!!!!

Wow! Loss of words, wonder, thanksgiving, touched… HIS PROMISE TURNED INTO REALITY! With my dream school and dream faculty!

It’s really a great lesson for me…
It’s not about what abilities I have, but what His promise is.
It’s not about how much faith I have, but how I choose each time.
It’s not about the circumstances, but where your passion is.

I receive my promised land.
How faithful the one I love is!

“喂,你讀的是那個學院?”

“理大的酒店管理”
“嘩!你很厲害!”

從聯招結果(JUPAS) 公報後,以上的對話在過往的兩個月時常發生。為此,我很感恩。

因為這對我來講是一個很長篇的故事、一個我已經期待了一年多的見證。

過了今年的生日,我就二十歲了。我本來是一位2010年AL高考的準考生。

我記得當天我決定了要開始跟我的好朋友下課後一起溫習AL,我突然在課堂上收到了我妹妹的電話告訴我一個關於我爸爸的壞消息。他因健康問題被送進醫院,而且情況蠻嚴重。我當下馬上趕去醫院,而我的溫習計劃和時間表都被打亂了。

兩天後,我的爸爸去世了。我感覺非常震驚。
我記得我當時有做過這樣的祈禱:“不要在我考試前帶走我的爸爸“。但是,事與願違。我花了至少一個月才冷靜下來。

然而,主是很有趣和特別的。
除了安慰的話語,祂還在一個祈禱會中給予我一個承諾。

“你將會入讀大學。”

那個時候,入讀大學對我來講好像是一件沒有可能發生的事。我在準備AL的關鍵時候崩潰了,而我的溫習時間表也大大落後於他人。

在三月,我再一次經歷了令我震驚的事。也許大家很難想像有甚麼更壞的事情能發生在我的身上⋯⋯ 對一位情緒波動的人而言,當時更本很難去收拾心情溫習。

但是,主真的對我承諾了兩次。
縱使我得到了祂的承諾,我心裡還是存有恐懼。我會把這承諾告訴別人,但是我總是用沒可能和絕望的字眼做結尾。我甚至懷疑自己有否聽錯了主的聲音,也懷疑到底那承諾是否真實。在溫習和考試的這段時間裡,眼淚和失望沒有離開過我。 當我在溫習中國歷史以及進去考場考這一課前的一刻,我都在哭。

在面對境遇以及否定我所得到的承諾後,成績在六月公報了。我在語文科目上拿到1個B和1個C,但是在AL的科目上我卻是得到了兩個F,而中史就得到U。

入讀大學果然變成了不可能,我決定重考AL考試。我不停地想不及格的主要原因。

神帶領我去閱讀約書亞記。

約書亞記1:6:“你當剛強壯膽!因為你必使這百姓承受那地為業⋯⋯“

1:9:“我豈沒有吩咐你嗎?你當剛強壯膽!不要懼怕,也不要驚惶;因為你無論往哪裡去,耶和華-你的上帝必與你同在。”

在約書亞前曾有間諜被派往那應許之地視察並報告情況。在他們的眼裡,那應許之地是沒有可能成真的,因為他們的焦點集中在踏足那地方的困難,而不是集中在神的應許。就跟我一樣。

因此,我發現問題在於缺乏信心。

所以我學習有信心、學習去信任神、學習去將焦點放在應許上,而非在境遇上。其實,有人曾告訴我AL的重考生是沒有可能進大學的。也有人告訴我重考的成績很難改善。

每一次有人告訴我不可能的時候,神都對我說三個字。
不是“我愛你”哈哈,而是“相信我”。
我回應並選擇去信任我所得到的承諾。

在2011年6月,第二輪成績公報了。我的綜合證書拿到了ABCDE(拿到A的竟然是AS中史⋯⋯這太瘋狂了)。但是我的理大分數只有10.2,而入讀酒店管理系所需的平均分卻是12.0,那就是我還差1.8分。

要是你有參與過JUPAS系統的經驗,你就會知道1.8分是一個蠻大的差距。而我又再次開始聽到“不可能”了。有人說把酒店管理系放在我的選擇裡實在太冒險了,又有人說更本沒可能進那學院,也有人說如果你非要填下這學院,那你就註定沒有學位了。

我祈禱,然後再做出選擇。我最後還是把理大的酒店管理系落實為我的第一選擇。

最終成績在七月公報了⋯⋯
“第一選擇 - 理大酒店管理系”!!!!

嘩!無言、奇蹟、感恩、感動⋯⋯
祂的承諾變成了事實!我的夢想學校以及夢想學院!

這對我來講真是寶貴的一課⋯⋯
這不是關於我有多少能力,而是關於祂的承諾。
這不是關於我有多少信心,而是關於我每一次怎樣作出選擇。
這不是關於境遇,而是關於我的熱誠在哪裡。

我得到了我的應許之地。
我愛的那個祂是多麼的信實啊!

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