LIFE and the Rain

Normal Day…Unheard Stories…Godly Reflections.

 

 

EARLY MORNING today, I walked to work and it was raining a bit. I was about to cross the street to my building when I saw a father walking with his little child (around 2 years old) without any umbrella. He was holding the boy’s hand. They seemed to be enjoying the morning and just taking  in the mild but satisfying drizzle.

 

And then it made me think. In normal circumstances, most people would try to run and seek shade or open an umbrella  to try and shield their children from getting wet.  But here they were, taking that light stroll, and basking in the beautiful rain. It reminded me how God the Father walks with us and allows us to experience trials and challenges because He knows it’s good for us. And as long as we are holding His hand, we should be enjoying the stroll. He’s building our tolerance to the rain, and teaching us to find joy in it.

 

 

AROUND LUNCHTIME, I had a meeting out of the office. I got into a taxi on the way back, and was wondering why the driver looked distressed. A few meters from the taxi waiting line, he received a phone call which he answered in a low voice. The first thing I heard was “Pati siya rin, wala na?” His voice was sad, but calm. So I thought it was just a friend or a relative who had died. After a few more murmurings, my officemate suddenly exclaimed, “Ano?!” Then he repeated what he said. “Wala na ang asawa ko.” (My wife just died.) I asked him what happened and started throwing him some questions. Then I learned his story.

 

He wasn’t a taxi driver. He was a Pastor who was substituting as a driver in order to earn extra income to pay for hospital fees since he really earned nothing as a Minister. He said his wife had an overdue pregnancy (10 months), and that took the life of both her and their child. At first he thought it was just okay since she seemed to be doing well, and he was busy Pastoring the flock. He had married late, and this was supposed to be his first child with his wife at his 40s. It was heart-breaking. I him told I was a Christian too and that I would pray for him. My heart went out to this man. He said thank you and God bless you. I felt his sorrow, but I also admired at how strongly he took the circumstance. You could tell he was sad, and still in the process of accepting the reality, but he was peaceful. And he was truly convinced that there was something good God was going to do in the circumstance. We dropped off a few meters away, paid him extra,  and told him to go see his family. I wish I had more time to minister to him and pray with him, but we were in bad trafficzone and there was less than 100 meters from pick-up to drop-off.

 

Today seemed like an ordinary day, but again (like I normally do on a normal day), it paid to observe people and to listen at their unheard stories. Everyone goes through something. We could be quick to judge how irresponsible the first father was for allowing his child to walk in the rain with him; or how bad the driver’s mood was for not greeting us with a smile. We could be angry at people who get cranky on some days, or un-smiling on other days. We don’t know what they’re going through. And for all we know, their challenges might just be much worse than yours but they choose to smile it off to make your day.

 

If you Love God…you’ll Love people. And that means…to Believe there is SOMETHING MORE.

Many are the pl…

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:9

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:33

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Proverbs 16:3

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:13-15

The LORD Almighty has sworn, “Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.
Isaiah 14:24

Don’t boast of Tomorrow. Make the most of your Today. Set your plans at the center of God’s will. He will lead you the way.

Against the Flow

For most people, the NORM is their Norm.
For me…my Norm are the EXCEPTIONS.

Christ was always an exception, and always did the exceptional. If I say that I am a follower and disciple of Christ, then I am called to live that way.

Why this blog

The Bible clearly states that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. It did not only mean what we say, it also meant what we like talking about, what we do, and what we post.
What we normally post or talk about actually reflect who we arewhat makes up the core of our characterhow we are spiritually, and what composes our thoughts most of the time. If we observe the frequency of our posts (e.g. FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, Path, blogs, etc.) and what the nature of our posts are, especially our STATUSES, is God really at the center of it all? Just a thought that crossed my mind while watching a number of my friends bent into living the “social media” world.
If God commanded us to give 10% into tithe, does that not also mean that we devote AT LEAST 10% OF FOCUSED COMMITTED TIME in our day to HIM who gave His all to us? Are we more present in our cellphones, in computers, in TV, and in the internet than we are in His Word? Do we “meditate on it day and night”? After all, that’s actually the Key to being Prosperous and Successful. Don’t start wondering why you’re not.
 
And so with this, I’d like to tell you why I’m writing this blog…
I have never been a blogger… because I do not have the luxury of time to sit down and post things in the internet, neither am I a fan of divulging my private thoughts. But I always had the passion to write about the one true God who created me, sustained my faith, and loved me unconditionally. Most of the time, I only write all my meditations, thoughts, and convictions in my personal journal during my quiet devotional times with the Lord. But this time, HE has given me the directive to share it to my fellow brethren and hopefully enrich their journey as they run the race homewardbound to heaven.
I hope the lessons I learn along the way in my walk with the Lord will also help you in yours. That is the burden that God has given me. Pilgrims of Heaven… Aliens of this World… Let’s WALK IN THE TRUTH on this JOURNEY HOME together.