We, human beings, like following our own rules. But when life hits rock bottom, we like blaming the consequences of our actions to poverty; to wrong governance; to the influence of the society; to lack of reproductive health information; and worst to God. If we are really concerned about the country’s ballooning population and its effect, we should first and foremost know the essence of being responsible citizens, moreover as obedient Christians.
I didn’t like Facebook. A lot of my friends were inviting me to join and experience the fad. But knowing how I can easily be influenced and eventually be addicted to things, I refused to. But not until a friend shared the album containing our “reunion photos.” Since during that time I wasn’t a member yet, I couldn’t open the link. I had no choice but to create an account for myself. Her tactic worked! And the rest is history.
It’s really amazing how technology is able to connect people. Through Facebook I’ve seen friends which I haven’t seen in years. Some of them were my classmates in grade school. And after long years of no communication, we’re chatting again. Some of them even had a small gathering recently. But here’s my most favorite part my mother is also rekindling ties with her old friends. But I hate the part when both parties are sharing stories about us, their children. My mom is green with envy. Haha!
When we’ve been trying to understand what’s happening in our lives and still couldn’t figure out the answer, maybe God doesn’t really want us to understand and be confused. He just wants us to trust and follow Him. But Jesus doesn’t promise a smooth sailing journey. When we follow Jesus, we have to carry our cross until we reach our own Calvary. And after all the sufferings, you'll know it's worth it - the happiness is perpetual; the heart is fulfilled.
The photo above is Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon founded by Rev. Fr. Joey Faller. The huge statue of Jesus is on top of a mountain with almost 300 man-made stairways. Kamay ni Hesus is not just an ordinary tourist attraction, it embodies the meaning of life. The journey to the top is really tiring but there are areas in between where one can take refuge and rest. But once we reach the peak, the exhaustion vanishes because we are reunited with Jesus. Life is like that. It isn’t easy but when we get tired God provided us with places where we can rejuvenate. He also gave us family and friends to accompany us in our journey. We are not alone. In good times and in bad, God is with us in the form of another human being and in the calmness of our heart in times of difficulty. And finally, the peak of the mountain symbolizes a goal that has been fulfilled.
Towards the end of 2009, I felt that a gate of great opportunity opened only to realize in the end that it was not meant for me (maybe not yet). It was very frustrating. But another gate opened so quickly. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I am going to be where I am today but I think I’m on the right track. I don’t know what is on the end of the road but I have decided to go on and just trust that no matter what happens I know God has a purpose bigger than I can imagine.