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In line with the theme for our School of Mission, we took time to pray for an image of what might God be molding us into during the next 5 months of School.

The first image that came up was of Captain America, the image of my inner child whom God is inviting me to spend the next 5 months not only reconnecting with him and learning to love him as he is, but also to start nurturing and re-parenting him to be the hero and leader that he’s meant to be, in order to carry out the Mission that God is preparing me for.

The next image that came up was of a boat, more specifically Noah’s Ark which I once took as my character for role play during the Emergence ‘Prayer Through Drama’ workshop. God was reminding me of my call to bring refuge and shelter to His people, especially in times of trial and storm, but also to bring them hope of a new life and a new future 🌈. God is using these next 5 months to build me up just as Noah was building his ark. Others might ‘laugh’ at me or not understand why I have to go through this sabbatical, but God knows full well what He is preparing me for. I only need to trust in Him and let Him build me up according to His plans and designs, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense right now.

The last image is that of an anchor. It is a reminder that no matter where I go or who I am, I need to be anchored in Christ alone. It is He who shall tell me when to move and when to stay; it is He who shall keep me grounded in His love, as well as in the reality of who I am, where I am, and where His people are and what they need.

After offering up this clay model to the Lord in prayer, as an act of offering myself to Him in this next 5 months, it seemed affirming and providential that I got to see a rainbow, along with other images of boats out at sea during the rest of the week. Not forgetting that I have Captain America sitting at my desk reminding me of who God is preparing me to be in these next 5 months.



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Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye

Nicholas Lye is a Singaporean currently on a year's sabbatical from the seminary, discerning his path in life and striving to facilitate encounters with God in the workplace and ordinary life.

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