When love came down

The Christian walk isn’t always sunny.

Last week I had a not so okay week where almost everything around 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 shown 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 I should 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 went to the front. I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to admit my need for Him, but I had three 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 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!

A Father

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defined a father as a male parent or a man who has begotten a child. It is a general truth that each person has his/her father. They are addressed in many ways like dad, daddy, papa, tatay, ama, and many more.

In Philippine society, fathers are considered to be the provider of the family. He is the one who works and earns money to sustain the family’s needs. It is his responsibility to make sure that the bills are paid, there will be food to eat, and that the children can go to school.

Aside from being the provider of the family, he is also the one who imposes rules in the family. He is like a nation’s president, who needs to take care of his family. He sets rules and regulations to be followed. He needs to be a man of discipline and a man of his words because he is the number one role model of his children.

Living with a father since your existence makes him a child’s friend. He became a child’s first friend, first wrestling buddy, first admirer, and many other “firsts.” He, indeed, is an influential person to every person.

One of the most essential roles of a father is to bring his family closer to God. In the bible, fathers are given the authority to rule his family. God also revealed his plan through the patriarchs or fathers of the family. It is the father’s responsibility to hear from God and relay it to the family.

A father plays many roles in our lives, but aside from being our superhero, provider, and role model, fathers are precious gifts from the Lord Almighty.