It's the beginning of 2016 and already I've experienced so much joy. But there's been some rough days of the new year, too. I just recently found out that my school's beloved nurse went Home with Jesus. Lily was my Taiwan mama and we were really close, so it's been a hard week. There's so much sorrow but so much joy too. My Taiwan mama was diagnosed with ALS and battled it for one year. She's now dancing in the presence of her Savior and I'm so glad.
Lily was someone who overflowed with the love of Jesus and spread it every day. She nursed me when I was suffering from intense nerve pain. She often sat me down at her desk and gave me amazing massages. She took time to listen and see what was really bothering you. She always hugged tight and smiled big and prayed a lot.
I saw her pour out herself over and over again for our students. I never saw a single student scared or nervous in her presence and that's because Jesus was so present in her. She always seemed to know when I needed a hug and a prayer or a smile or an encouraging word. Lily only spoke but a few words of English but with my limited Chinese and a lot of love, we communicated perfectly.
Her funeral was the other day. Already, her testimony continues to impact my Taiwanese co-workers who don't know Jesus. I'm praying that God will take her death and make it a sweet testimony just like her life was.
Lily overflowed with His love and wow, I wanna be just like that.