by Lenvyl Serfino (35th Batch)
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NASB)
I would always think why God converted me into a Seventh Day Adventist. By becoming one, it seems like my life is always at its worst because of many trials and struggles that would often come my way. And I experienced more of these tests when I became a missionary. We all know that missionary life is not easy. Storms of life may lie ahead. Many people would watch and condemn us and by listening to them, they can become stumbling blocks for us. Sometimes some circumstances are out of our control. The beating rains of trouble and flowing waters of sin may weaken us and may pull us down yet surely God won’t let us down. I believe that everything happens for a reason and purpose and most importantly, it would help to mold ourselves into better individuals–not bitter people. God sent us to our respective mission fields with a purpose and under varied circumstances so that we may discover our defective characters that have been concealed from our own knowledge. He will give us opportunities to correct and refine our defects so that we would become fit for His service. Often God permits great tribulations for us to be purified.
“The fact that we are called upon to endure trial shows that the Lord sees in us something precious that which He desires to develop. If He saw in us nothing whereby He might glorify His name, He would not spend time refining us. He does not cast worthless stones into His furnace. It is a valuable are that He refines.”(The Ministry of Healing p.483, Ellen G. White)