This Was You
University of the Philippines Visayas. Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.
June 2006, will forever be a milestone time for me. It marked the first time I left Hawaii, and my first missions trip. While in Cebu, our missions team made its way onto the UPV campus and we walked around the campus with our local friends and campus ministers. We had the opportunity to meet and befriend a bunch of students there. During our walkthrough we stopped to rest, I quickly and curiously peeked into a classroom and didn’t see anyone inside and I took a picture.
I uploaded all of my pictures to my computer when I got home to Hawaii from my missions trip two weeks later. And low and behold, this picture I took of the “empty” classroom had a young girl sitting by her lonesome in the farthest corner. IMMEDIATELY, I felt God speak to me, “This was you.”
At that moment, I flashed back to three years earlier– sitting in my art class at Leeward Community College alone. At that time, I was very introverted and emotionally scarred. I was not a Christian then. I was far from God and had the typical liberal college student mindset- being anti-church and anti-missionary mindset. And at the same time- a stubborn, selfish, prideful artist mindset.
Then I came to my senses. Humbled. Filled with grace and gratitude toward Jesus and my God, for changing me from the inside out. For the first time ever being a Christian and walking with the Lord for three years, I realized that I am not who I once was. This anti-church and anti-missionary artist kid, became a Christ following, church-going, missionary artist adult. And I’m grateful to my God for rescuing me from the overwhelming loneliness of my past, forgiving me of my sins, healing me from my past hurts, redeeming my life from the pit and crowning me with love and compassion. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Thank you God.