#Random : My Walk with Jesus (part 2)

Hello semua! Setelah 3 tahun gw move out dr Singapore, akhirnya gw menulis lagi perjalanan hidup gw bersama Babeh di surga. Buat yang mau baca part 1 nya, boleh langsung aja yah klik di sini. hehe

Sebenernya gw agak bingung sih mau mulai dari mana ceritanya. Haha. Cuman kebetulan aja inspired to write another journey with God karena barusan denger a very good sermon from my church about ‘Waiting season’. A sermon that speaks a lot to me on how to wait faithfully and on what to do while waiting.

Buat yang belum tau, gw forgood dari Singapore di tengah tahun 2015. Lalu ambil kelas MC & TV presenter selama 3 bulan, dan cabut ke Taipei selama 8 bulan untuk belajar bahasa mandarin. Singkat cerita, akhirnya gw memberanikan diri untuk pulang ke Indonesia pertengahan tahun 2016.

Gw pulang ke Indonesia untuk mengejar mimpi gw sebagai MC & Presenter ternama di  dunia entertainment dan pertelevisian Indonesia. Yah, for some people, it may sound ridiculous. Heard a lot of discouragement from my surroundings, questions and statements like ‘Baru mulai sekarang, emang gak telat? Kamu kan chinese, Jen!  Mulai darimana, emang ada koneksi? Kan di Singapore enak, gajinya dollar!’ dan bermacam2 bentuk discouragement yang lainnya.

Dan betul aja sihh, semua pertanyaan dan statement di atas adalah realita kehidupan yang harus gw hadapi. Pulang ke Indonesia dengan tidak punya koneksi sama sekali di dunia entertainment sebenernya agak suicide mission. Haha.. Gimana nggak?

Dulu gw kerja di Singapore dengan gaji dollar + bonus yang menarik (menurut gw), terus pulang ke Jakarta dengan memulai kerjaan sebagai MC yang nggak tau kapan dapet job nya, dan gak pernah fix pendapatannya.

Bayangin aja, mid 2016 gw tebar semua CV dan portfolio gw ke semua EO / WO / Entertainment Band / TV yang gw bisa search di web / IG. Yes guys, gw liatin puluhan atau ratusan WO / EO dan kontek mereka satu persaty lewat DM / WA / Email. Udah kayak cari kerja deh, sehari gw menargetkan diri untuk kenalan ke at least 5 vendor selama 2 bulan. And you know what?!

Tahun 2016, gw cuman ada 5 JOB gengs.. Hahaha. Inget banget, Job pertama gw itu tanggal 1 Sept 2016 untuk sebuah press conference, di bulan October saya kosong, Bulan November ada 1 company event dan 2 wedding event, dan December itu bantuin acara natal komunitas kristen di Jakarta (dan ini pun gak di bayar karena pelayanan). Jadi bayangin aja, the income struggle was REAL! gw sampe diem-diem tuker uang SGD gw, karena malu woii minta bonyok lagi.. Haha.. Akhirnya standard nongkrong pun gw kurangin, less fancy lifestyle back then karena emang lagi gak bisa memenuhi standard ngafe temen2 gw di jakarta.

Tapi miraculously, di akhir tahun 2016, gw menang lomba VLOG dan berkesempatan ikutan shooting di TRANS TV, dan bisa dpt kesempatan LIVE Interview di NET TV. *sempet cerita juga dulu disini buat yang mau baca, Hehe*

Ya, kenapa gw bisa bilang itu miracle? It’s because something that i never thought or imagine before. I just randomly wrote down my 2016 wishes on my agenda when i was in Taipei, i even forget about it, but God did NOT forget and even Fulfilled it! It was a mind-blowing period for me.

Moving on to 2017. I thought being on TV will get me more coverage and jobs. Haha.. Ternyata saya salah. Mau jadi MC / Host kondang ternyata tidak segampang itu.. 2017 banyak ups and downs. a period whereby i prayed a lot, asking God if it’s really His calling. Karena sebulan paling cuman dapet 1 atau 2 job aja, belum lagi masih ada bulan yang kosong. Jadi struggle-nya pun masih bekelanjutan.

Sampai akhirnya di Bulan september 2017, tiba2 gw di kontek sama bridestory untuk MC di nikahan #haripatahhatinasional. Yes, another miraculous moment, dimana aku di percayakan buat jadi MC nya Raisa Hamish untuk pernikahan mereka di Bali. Di Bali, si cantik mba yaya dan mas ganteng hamish ada 2 events, yaitu event ‘wedding solemnisation’, event yang lumayan ke bule2-an gt, dimana ayah mempelai wanita menyerahkan anaknya ke mempelai pria, bertukar janji nikah, speech dari beberapa kerabat baik dst. Event kedua mereka adalah intimate dinner untuk keluarga dan kerabat dekat dari Hamish.

Kebetulan gw cuman MC prosesi acara sore hari aja, dan malam hari di take over oleh orang lain =)  Karena hampir satu Indonesia tau siapa itu Raisa Hamish, yah puji Tuhan gw kecipratan sedikit exposure deh dari mereka.. hehe..

Dari sana banyak bngt enquiry yang masuk untuk MC wedding. Tapi you know whatt?? Dari sekian banyak yang tanya dan deal, ternyata mereka tuh bukan approach gw karena gw MC Raisa Hamish. Purely karena mereka nemu profile gw di Youtube or IG. Hanya kebetulan aja, momentnya itu tepat setelah nikahan mba cantik dan mas ganteng ini.

Dari event ini gw bener2 baru bisa relate firman Tuhan di Proverbs 10:22

‘God’s blessing makes life rich; nothing we do can improve on God

Emang semua berkat itu datangnya dari Tuhan, mau elo susah payah kyk apa, kalo Tuhan gak kasih, yah elo gak akan dapet. Seperti weird moment yg gw alami,  Dimana gw expect orng2 pasti tau gw dari acaranya RaisaHamish, ternyata mrk bahkan gak tau gw ngemcee di Raisa Hamish. Haha..

Tapi, gw berasa sih Tuhan emang gak gampang. Gak berarti Tuhan kasih kita glory, kita bakal hidup enak all the way. Haha.. Tetep aja di kasih susah sama Tuhan, karena dia tau klo kita seneng terus, pasti lupa sama Doi. haha..

Percayalah, hidup gw gak seindah di Instagram. Gw banyak bngt ketemu temen2 lama, dan bnyk yg komen ‘enak yah Jen hidup lu skrng’, ‘ciyeh, udah jadi MC kondang nih’. Sekali lagi percayalah, hidup saya belum se-nikmat itu saudara2. haha.. Puji Tuhan yah sampe saat ini ada aja job yang Tuhan percayakan, walaupun belum sampe full jadwal setiap minggu atau bahkan setiap hari kayak beberapa MC hits yg saya tau. Tapi saya mau percaya dan aminkan, saya akan jadi MC / Presenter Kondang. Hehe

Entah kenapa, hari ini gw di ingatkan soal ini kembali. I remember someone prophesied this for me, right after i hosted that 2016 Christmas event :

‘What you got up there is God’s given skill, and i can see God through your talent, open up your bible to Isaiah 44:6 – I am setting you up as a light for the NATIONS, so that My salvation becomes GLOBAL

I was thinking, how God can use me for Nations? Even up till today, i got nothing really special to offer for Global Stage. and come on, jangankan Global, yang national aja belum ke cover.

Lalu di kothbah siang ini, i am being reminded again about this, ‘The waiting time’

the wait

I learnt that i must be patient and not giving up easily, cause in the kingdom of God, everything is about seasons. There’s a sowing season, waiting season, and reaping season. None of us likes to wait, but we have to wait, cause it’s how God works. even God have to wait to fulfil His destiny.

Just like the seeds that’s planted on the ground. It needs time to grow! and you need to plant as many seeds as possible, if you want to see a forest. Likewise with our life, when God already gives you His dream, you have to plant whatever things that is needed. Plant hard-work, goodness, generosity, kindness and love. Because it will grow and you will reap it with joy!

Kita gak akan pernah tau kebaikan apa yang kita perbuat di ‘waiting time’ kita itu bisa membuahkan apa, bisa aja itu jadi ‘the vessel’ untuk fulfil God’s destiny in our life.

Yah, dari sharing ini gw cuman mau ajak temen2 yg baca, yang lagi ‘in the waiting’ for JOHAN (Jodoh dari Tuhan), waiting for the right job, the right house, the right destiny, dll. untuk tetep plant good seeds in your life. Menabur kebaikan dimana-mana, cause God sees our attitude while we are waiting. I belive God doesnt like grumpy person, cause neither do we, right?

I am not good in waiting as well, but again i pray for humbleness, so i can still praise God and serve Him while waiting.

Jadi, Sama-sama semangat yahh gengss in pursuing God’s dream!

NEVER GIVE UP! WAITING IS JUST A SEASON!

Makasih udah mau bacain sharing yang panjang ini.. Hehe.. Have a blessed week ahead everyone! ❤

Israel Trip : Day 6 – The Golden Dome, The Camel & The Belief

people sometimes can randomly ask me about my belief,

and I’m proud to say that I’m a Christian.

then some of them will ask me again Why/How do I become a Christian ?

 

well.. i can remember vividly how comfortable it was, my first time sitting at the church without knowing what song they sang and what the preacher preached. haha..

the time when i chose bible over sailormoon comics in the bookstore during my 3rd grade,

and when i saw angels *literally* around my bed right after i asked Him to show me one.

Those things happened to me when i was in primary 3-4.

and i think those ‘magical’ moments mold my today’s belief.

and i am also sure each and everyone of us have our own ‘eureka’ moments that makes us what we are today; either you belief in any God or not.

well.. that’s only some sharing before i enter to Day 6 itinerary. hehe..

because why?

 

because we are going to The Golden Dome today! hehe..

Dome of The Rock or sometimes people call it The Golden Dome.,

A place whereby the Christians belief that Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Isaac,

and a place whereby the Muslims belief that Abraham was prepared to sacrifice Ishmael.

this place is the 3rd most visited place for the Muslims too after Meca and Madina.

the Muslims also believe that it was the place where Muhammad ascended to heaven..

 ahaa.. i think that’s a real Gold up there.. haha

well.. nothing much to do here.

cause i think we cant go in to the Dome as well.

so, there it is.. my touristy pictures. hehe

anyway , doo i look like a Japanese? haha

everyone there keep saying “konnichiwa” and “arigato” to me

and some people just speak to me in Japanese like i have a clue.. 

anyway.. this place is soooo sacred.. idk who makes the rules.. 

but man and woman cant even hold hands here..

or even touching their partners shoulder. 

hmpp.. be careful to watch your hands there.. hehe..

well.. but the kids are allowed to hold hands.. *like the pic below. hehe

many students come to this place for some study tour,

most of them will be in pair and holding hands.

of course the boy with the boy and vise-versa.

and when they walked around the place, they will walk and scream something like ‘Allahu akbar’

idk why they have to scream like that.

and it was non-stopp.. idk when they will stop..

maybe it’s the tradition though.

this pics here is the Golden Gate

the place where the Jewish believe that their Messiah will come through this door..

 

just beside this Golden Dome is

the Wailing Wall / Western Wall.   *atau yg biasa sering disapa dngn sebutan tembok ratapan. hehe*

i was thinking it will be a veryyy huge wall..

in fact its not that huge.. hehe..

 

so, people will come there and pray to God.

usually they will write their prayer on a piece of paper, and they will put it in between the rocks.

some people might take a while to pray, and some people might take a longgg while to pray. hehe.

they put chairs there for the people who wants to read their bible there.

or for us the tourist to wait. haha.

 

our tour people said that normally at night, the caretaker there will take all the letters out, and will put it in a container, and keep it under the ground for the God’s.

they said it is your official prayer to God if you put your letter there..

and believe it or not,

God did answer one of my prayer that i wrote in the letter, just right after i pray there.

does that place really can answer your prayer in no time? well.. i dont know

or maybe it’s just a coincidence? i dont know too..

what i know my God is everywhere that can answer my prayer in His right time..

 

after our half day of touring, we got to tried Israel Local Food.

The “Falafel”

a flat pita bread with fillings inside.. 

they usually sell this at the roadside. haha.. 

but this is nicee..

something new for my taste buds. haha. 

 

today we went to the place where Jesus was crucified.

the Garden Tomb – a place where Jesus was crucified according to the Christians belief.

 the “Golgotha” – The Skull Hill

they call it the skull hill because there was a man standing opposite the hill and saw this hill looks like a skull from far.

 i love the signage on the door. hehe..

believed as the Jesus’s tomb back then. 

 

our tour guide there at the Garden Tomb explaining to us many things.

but what we remember the most is when he said that,

“nevertheless, we are worshiping our one and only God, not a place” – not an exact lines. haha.

 

that was like mind blowing for us at that moment,

because we went there to know the real place where Jesus did everything back then. 

but all we found is only a place where the people believed that events were took place. 

 

anyway. the garden is pretty, very shady *idk if there’s such a word* haha. in bahasa we called it “teduh” hehe.

we also met a bunch of indonesia there having a service.. and i found it very heart-warming. listening to those indo worship songs.. they made me want to join their service as well.

just sit there and praising God.. it’s just felt amazing.

 

the Catholic’s Church *i forgot what’s the name* – a place where Jesus was crucified according to the Catholic’s belief.

this one is very different with the Christian’s ones.

its a very huge church with all the beauty engravings / paintings in the wall and many manyy pilgrims there doing their rituals.. like touching the altar and the star-hole-look-alike that is believed as Jesus’ tomb, and blessing their Rosario and scarf etc at the other altar.

it’s just a very “happening” place.

and my last thing that i want to share with you is

 

our very first CAMEL RIDE !!! wohooo.. hahaha..

we were like the princess of Egypt up there..

hahahaha *yaaa right! * haha..

it was an amazing experience.. yet very thrilling

it feels like i can fell anytime.. haha..

the most terrifying was when the camel went up and down

cause it bends their leg every time we need to go up and down.

for me. its equally thrilling as riding a roller coaster. haha..

that’s our driver that helped each and everyone of us to get on to the camel. haha..

yess. this was the most thrilling moment. hahaha.. 

we need to lean back when it bend it’s front knees

and we need to lean forward when it bend it’s back knees. 

byee byeee cute jackk jackkk.. 

yeahh.. his name is Jack.. hehe.. *if im not mistaken* hahaha.

thanks for the ‘princess of Egypt’ experience. =)