I was praying last night, until I slept sitting at my study table, in an orthopneic position. Then, I woke up early in the morning on this day July 9, 2011, I continued my prayer. Then, I had my quiet time with God as I have read Proverbs 9, regarding the invitations of wisdom and of folly. And then, I browsed my facebook, as I looked into the homepage, I saw a picture of an African child with marasmus and yellowish sclera from a link saying “I am proud to be a Christian”. This link was concerned about helping the third world countries in Africa particularly Congo in alleviating poverty as they raise their funds by selling tee shirts with prints of HOPE in front of the shirt.
I was inspired by their cause, and I’d like to help. But then, I don’t have the money or the dollars to buy that shirt. So, it somehow struck me as I remembered this saying in my Belle de Jour planner: Note to self: The world’s problems are bigger than mine. A year from now, I will laugh over the problems I worried about; but poverty, famine and global warming will still be here. And the problems that I was thinking are the separation that my parents went through, other than that I have no money, and I’m still going to wash our laundry. ha ha.
So, I group messaged my church mates on this and that I was asking the Lord to help me to become a productive citizen of this country that I love: the Philippines, and to help me love His people. And then I’ve fallen into sleep again and then I woke up. As I woke up, I’ve read the morning texts of my encouraging friends from church. I was inspired as I’ve read Micah’s, kuya Lowi’s, kuya Sam’s and Ate Grace’s messages.
And then, I’ve looked into the purpose driven life book that Kuya Sam lend me… I opened the chapter: When God seems distant. It said there, “God is real, no matter how I feel”. And the verse was Hebrews 13:5: For God has said “Never will I leave you and Never will I forsake You”
I was double inspired by this verse, then I texted my churchmates again… I told them about this and that I thank God, because He is BIGGER, STRONGER, POWERFUL, and MORE THAN ABLE TO CALM even the strongest typhoon in our lives. ^_^ and that we must never let go of Jesus’ hand.
But I stand corrected by Micah, as she replied… “God won’t let us go, because no matter what happens, we cannot go away from Him whether we want too.. remember the verse saying ‘No one can snatch us away from His hand’? And Jesus is living in us.”
And as she replied that to me, I felt somehow secured… I am so glad to have learned something new today from Micah, who is younger than me, a Pastor’s daughter from Mindoro and my sister in Christ.
Assurance of Salvation: (John 10: 28, 29) “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand”
Dear Jesus, hold me and never let me go. Thank You! ^_^ I love you!