Only You, Lord (A brief Meditation)

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By Noel Ethan Tan, Ignitum Today,  21 January 2019

“Non Nise Ti Domine.” This was the hallmark phrase St. Thomas Aquinas said when Jesus asked him what he wanted in the world. Pretty similar scenario to when God asked Solomon what he wanted. The answer Aquinas gave of course, shook the very earth itself. Instead of asking for Wisdom as Solomon did, he simply said: “Only you, Lord”. Such Faith!

One of the most fundamental statements of faith is this: your life is not about you. You’re not in control. This is not your project; rather, you are part of God’s great design.

To believe this in your bones and to act accordingly is to have faith. When we operate out of this transformed vision, amazing things can happen, for we have surrendered to “a power already at work in us that can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” Even a tiny bit of faith makes an extraordinary difference.


Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults’ Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”