At our recent Cru Centre Dedication Service, I recounted how God led us to our current office premise at Verdun Road. It has been a seven-year journey of faith since the Cru leadership decided to consolidate our key departments under one roof. This was for the purpose of achieving greater organizational synergy and efficiency.
We had to sell our previous premise in 2008 in order to purchase our ‘dream’ office. In the ensuing years, the global financial crises and resulting turbulent real estate prices made decision-making very challenging. Our limited budget narrowed our options as we did not want to incur a huge debt for our building. We consulted industry professionals and received varied advice on when we should enter the market. In those years (2008-2011), we learned to wait upon the Lord as we clung tenaciously to the hope of moving into a permanent office. There were times when I wondered if this would remain a dream as real estate prices sky rocketed.
In 2012, we celebrated our 40th Anniversary and the rebranding of “Campus Crusade for Christ” to “Cru Singapore.” At that time, I also considered how wonderful it would be to cap off the momentous year with a new office. We were disappointed however, by three missed opportunities. We had obtained all the necessary approvals, but were out-bid at the very last moment of the negotiation. Looking back, those closed doors turned out to be blessings in disguise! The three sites we were eyeing were zoned for light industry (B1) use. We would have needed to comply with very strict URA guidelines, thereby restricting our use of the premise.
In April 2013, just when our interest and energy were waning, we chanced upon the Verdun Road site. There was unanimous leadership resonance to purchase this building. The negotiation process was smooth, and we clinched the deal within weeks. We have been operating from Cru Centre since June 2014. We are really thankful to God for His favor and divine intervention in leading us to this site. God knows what is best for us!
In our Christian life, God leads us in surprising ways. Sometimes what we have to do is very clear and straight forward. At other times we may feel like we are walking through a sea of great uncertainties and wonder if God is with us. In Psalm 77:19-20 (ESV), the psalmist writes, “Your way was through the sea, Your path through the great waters; yet Your footprints were unseen. You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” Even when God’s “footprints are unseen” by our human eyes, He continues to work behind the scene — leading and guiding us. We must learn to trust Him and submit to the anointed leadership He has placed over us.
Waiting on God for His answer and leading can be a perplexing exercise at times. But the decision-making process will be far less stressful when we learn to trust Him, even when the way of the Lord is through the sea (of uncertainties, doubts, closed doors and frustrations). We just need to ride out the choppy waves by anchoring ourselves in Him.
May the felicitous refrain “With Christ in the vessel we can smile at the storm, smile at the storm, smile at the storm” encourage us as He leads us through the sea in life’s decisions.
Lam Kok Hiang
Photograph by Chris Hunkeler