Oftentimes, your ESCAPE plan becomes God’s plan to ENCOUNTER you once again. – Shiela Salcedo
My heart was troubled upon seeing my friend (who’s a Christian) replied to a shared blog with the caption “faith in humanity destroyed… again” The blog was narrating a murder of a student where witnesses ignored the victim, not offering him any help. I know it’s not bad and I will not justify their lack of care. But the thing that worried me was the comment:
“…I do think the word just and humane does not exist anymore in real life.” with a reply “exactly. just, morality, humane these words just don’t exist here…”
Wait a second, does this mean no one is just anymore, no one has morals, no one does humane things? What about us? What about genuine followers of Christ? What about these friends of mine?
Okay, maybe I’m over reacting. But isn’t God good, just, merciful and loving? And doesn’t He still exist today? It means there’s still justice and goodness in this world. It doesn’t go extinct.
But…I suddenly thought, should we put our faith on humanity? Looking back at our history, should we trust humans’ natural moral compass?
I don’t know but one thing I no is for sure: we can rely on God and He has given us His Holy Spirit to direct our path. That’s why today, I pray for an open eyes to see God’s love and goodness in this planet, an open ears to hear his direction and an open heart & hand to be God’s representative to every people I come across with.
What about, how can you bring a message of love and hope to the people?
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 NLT
Christian walk isn’t always sunny.
Last week I had a not so okay week where almost everything around be seemed to be collapsing but I needed to look okay. But I never stopped praying. I find it funny as I realized how irrational my prayer was in that desperate moment. I know I’m not too far, but I know there’s more – more to dig deeper. I know there is! There must be! I just don’t know how to go there.
An unexpected appointment.
What to do when you had an appointment but your meeting mate hadn’t showed up? I attended our 2nd morning worship service to hear our senior pastor so I can write something for the recap of the series on Tuesday.
Worship time came and I was there just crying (literally) whether the song was fast or slow not caring what others (including my leaders think) just pouring out my heart to my Father. Then I thought, who could I come to and ask for help? I know I MUST be accountable to my leaders and this is not a valid excuse but the last time I opened up truthfully to a someone it did not go well. I thought of a friend from Singapore who has been a mother to me. I thought maybe she could help me. But the fear of this personal issue reaching my boss was unbearable. I asked God what should I do and pleaded could He send someone. Surprisingly, we had a guest speaker from Singapore!
A familiar voice.
Our guest pastor talked about “The Heart of a True Worshiper”. Then I laughed to myself and said, of course, I should worship. I know I needed the Holy Spirit. I know that I had deprived myself of drawing near to His living water and presence.
Altar call came and no one came to the front. I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to admit my need for Him but I had 3 reasons not to go:
1. I’m sitting in the middle of the row
2. I’m wearing high heels
3. What would my leaders think of me?
But one reason made me go to the altar – because GOD CALLED ME AND HE IS ALL I NEED.
I came in front, praising Him, crying, speaking in tongues and God impressed in my heart:
“I love you this much! I canceled your appointment so I could meet you. I made this man to stop by your church to remind you that you are my child. I have even come down to show you that I love you and I am the God with you. I came down, took the cross, died and resurrected. But I never abandoned you nor I ever will. The Holy Spirit came who wants to live in you, have fellowship with you and love you. I have come down to that deepest pit you’re stuck with and rescued you because I love you my daughter.”
Thank you Jesus!