I firstly landed in Melbourne from Taipei in February 2001, and directly came to Bendigo. The first impression of Bendigo was very “disappointing” as I was used to the busy city life and found Bendigo too boring. The fatigue from the traveling even lessened my interest to take a look at this small town.
When the student service staff asked me on my first day at the university, “Is there anything I can help?” I replied to her, “Please give me a copy of the train timetable back to Melbourne.” I indeed did not like Bendigo as most of my friends were all in Melbourne, and therefore for the following 2 years, I lived a life with constant traveling between Melbourne and Bendigo.
In 2003, one night before my 21st birthday, my friend asked me how I wanted to celebrate my birthday the next day. I thought about it and said, “I want to do something meaningful! Let’s go to church tomorrow!” He did not really know what I meant but nodded his head. We went to look for a suitable church next afternoon, and found House of the True Light.
It was around 2 in the afternoon when we went in, and the preacher almost finished his sermon. We just sat quietly at the corner. After the service many people started to come along and meet us, and I started getting nervous as I did not really know them. Suddenly I heard someone call my name, and found that one of my friends in the university was also there. She was very surprised to see me there and asked, “What are you doing here?” I said: “Today is my birthday and I want to do something meaningful.” She smiled to me, “Welcome to our church.” That was how I started coming to HOTL, which later has also become my church.
I, together with another few brothers and sisters came to believe in Jesus and we were all very fervently serving God, expecting to do many great things in Christ. However as time went by, many of them fell on some trials, and others accomplished their course and moved on to other places, I felt disappointed and there was one time that I really wanted to leave HOTL.
I thank God that I did not do so. If I would leave HOTL, I would have never experienced God’s amazing and mighty power. As the new term started, there came many more new students and many of them turned to Jesus. Having seen their joy as they first became Christians, I was touched and influenced, and the fire in my heart to serve God was renewed.
Gradually I realized that we can never understand God’s timing and His ways. There are things impossible in human terms yet possible in God. We always see things through the “limit” of this world but forget to wait upon God’s timing. Having experienced so much, I understand more that when we uphold God’s promises, and are willing to wait upon His timing, we shall see His will be done. Hallelujah! There are still many uncertainties in life, but I believe no matter where we are going, He leads our way as long as we retain our faith in Him and love for Him.
时光飛逝,在真光堂一呆就是六年,比起當初剛剛信主时現在的我靈命著實比當初剛信主时成長了不少,當然有些時候我做起事情來仍然是比較急躁,但感謝神 現在我已經能夠很快的靜下心來並且專心尋求神的帶領.如果有人要問我說這些年來在Bendigo待著最大的收穫是什麼?我想我會回答說”能夠在Bendigo認識神以及教會裡的一班弟兄姐妹就是我這幾年最大的收穫. 天下無不散之宴席,不管未來的我會在什麼地方,做著什麼樣的事情.但是這幾年我在Bendigo生活的點點滴滴已經成為了我人生之中不可抹滅的回憶了.
It’s been 6 years since I came to HOTL, and I indeed have grown much spiritually. Although at times I am still impatient, I am able to calm down quickly and seek for His guidance. If you ask me what my greatest blessings were in Bendigo over the years, the answer will be my experience of knowing God and those lovely brothers and sisters. Departure is always part of life’s story. No matter where I go, I will always remember Bendigo, where my unforgettable memories are.