Sunday, August 10, 2008

A New Chapter

Life is like a book. It is comprised of chapters that generally can be marked by some significant change in the life. I just recently flipped the page to begin inking a new chapter in my life, so you guessed it, that means there are some significant changes in my life that I'm about to share.

Firstly, I'm flipping the page out of life as a full-time student (or otherwise a student whose studies were temporarily suspended). I am posting this blog from Amity, Arkansas where I will be working as a staff member at Ouachita Hills Academy. Granted, I will be completing several more classes this school year and will be officially receiving my degree thereafter; my primary responsibilities will be teaching and working as assistant to Chester Clark III. (For those of you who know Chester, you understand that the duties surrounding this position defy explanation.) It is an exciting change as I fully believe in the principles and philosophy on which Ouachita Hills Academy is founded. I am especially eager to begin working directly in the shaping of young lives for the Lord's service. It is exciting in a different way as well because, as many of you know, after my sudden illness last December, it was uncertain whether I would be able to return to normal life. I am very thankful to God that He has allowed me to have a new chapter in life at all!

Secondly (and probably what most readers will take greater interest in), I'm also beginning a new chapter in the relationship arena of life as well. I am currently dating a young lady named Deborah Arakawa, who happens to also be the assistant girls' dean at Ouachita Hills Academy. I first met Deborah many years ago in Loma Linda, but have remained only distance acquaintances mostly since then. Although it was during those intervening years I became very good friends with her brother, Tim (who recently got married), it wasn't until a little under two years ago did I really get to know Deborah. She volunteered as my assistant in the logistics department of GYC and through that interaction we became good friends. Well, rather than laboriously tracing the details of how we've gotten to this point (yes, there are a lot of details), I think it is more important that it was through many hours on our knees in prayer, counsel with godly individuals, study of inspired counsel, deep soul-searching, and watching for Divine Providence that this relationship came about. God has made Himself very real to us through the whole journey thus far, and we trust that He won't cease to continue leading us from here.

Now, see for yourself. :-)





8 comments:

Tim said...

Congratulations Al. May God continue to guide you and Deborah as you both seek His will for your lives. It was good to have you around this summer.

Sunny and Tim

Gloria Hwang said...

Alistair and Deborah, you two make a very nice couple (very cute too)! I was hoping and thinking maybe something would come about between the two of you. I know that God will do great things through both of you. May you continue to allow God to lead you both in all aspects of your lives. May your relationship give you greater understanding and insight into our relationship with God! May your love blossom like the love that our Savior has for us :).

Linus Wee said...

Hey al...

Great news to hear about your new chapter :)

Wish for the very best of both of you.. and may you both continue to grow in Him as He brings you closer together..

Amen!

MissionSK said...

HOw exciting! Hey you guys need to visit us here at OA! :) Please... and may the Lord bless your relationship. :)

Anonymous said...

Go Al ! May God continue to bless and guide you both. ei

11626 McGhee Rd. said...

Let the people say...AAAAmen! It's about time, you two! I'm excited for you! Blessings on your new relationship...

11626 McGhee Rd. said...

Let the people say...AAAAmen! It's about time, you two! I'm excited for you! Blessings on your new relationship...

Thandi said...

Congrats on this new phase. As a happily married wife, I ghet excited when there's a love story in the making!May God bless you as you get to know each other more.