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Where are you heading?

Have you ever pondered on the question, “Where your life will end?”

Every day we get up from bed to go to work, do our chores, pay our bills, settle our insurances and taxes, take some rest, then work again.

Life has become routinary.

To escape the routine, we go on vacations once or twice a year and make sure that we get to celebrate the holidays.

Life has become a cycle.

To break the cycle, some of us head to a full stop such as taking an early retirement or take a detour to make sure that life does not escape us or simply bore us.

Life has become a state where we get stuck, so we do all our best to keep moving and moving, not minding the fact that we don’t have any direction at all.

Is your life now a boring, directionless, routinary cycle? Are you certain of where you are heading? If not, try to look back from where you came from. Are you moving far from it? Or, are you heading back to it?

Looking back does not hurt once in awhile. In fact, looking back reassures us that we have gone so far in moving forward from where we begin.

I don’t know about you, but I believe that if there is one certain path that we will take, it must be the path that leads us to our original design. Our life must begin from the One who made us and it should also end with Him.

Like Ebe Dancel’s song, Bawat Daan, may we be able to sing to God…

Kung ang puso ko ay imamapa

Ikaw ang dulo, gitna’t simula…

Kumanan man o kaliwa

Kung timog man o hilaga

Ang bawat daan ko ay patungo,

pabalik, Sa’Yo.

If my heart will be mapped

You will be the end, center and beginning…

If I turn right or left,

If I go south or north

All my road will lead

back to You.

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Like A Tree

Psalm 1

A personal reflection.

That person is like a tree 

planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season and

whose leaf does not wither

whatever they do prospers.


Streams of water is like never ending blessings, abundance, and life.  The Psalmist is saying here that those who delight in the law of the Lord will be like a tree that never loses its abundance. Isn’t it amazing to know that as we delight in God we are also blessed? We are sure to live a life of abundance. A life of fullness through Christ.

Yields fruit in season but not for all the seasons.  God has something for us to wait and receive, all we just have to do is to wait while rejoicing patiently for His promises.

Leaf that does not wither for me means that as we are in the streams of water, we will never be dry, and we will never lack in anything. The leaves may be far from the roots, but as long as our roots are in good grounds (grounded in His words, laws, and love), we will be sustained.

Whatever they do prospers!  This is the best part; God said that in all  things we will be prosperous. BUT the Psalmist says, “they”. He didn’t said, “all men will prosper”. Who are they that the Psalmist is talking about?

The Psalmist says,

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked  2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

                 

There are so many promises of God in His words and some of us just tend to keep on waiting for those promises overlooking what God wants us to be before He gives those promises.

When the storms of life came, will our tree surpass and remain standing or we easily fall down? When we feel that we are not prosperous and our leaves have dried, will we ask someone to water us or we just look at our roots and see that we are planted in a stream of water?

All plants did survive because their roots are planted right and they are sustained.

Where do we need to plant our roots? The Psalmist simply says, In His laws that person is like a tree planted in a stream of water.”  Let us root our lives in His laws, delight in His words, meditate on it  day and night; so in whatever we do, we prosper.

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Under our umbrellas…

When I was a little girl, I really loved to play under the rain that sometimes I’d rather walk from school without an umbrella even it is raining. I just usually bring my raincoat to cover my books, but gone were my childhood days. I’m old enough to play with the rain. I’m 22 and still considers myself young but etiquette would dictate me that it’s a bit improper to simply let go of my umbrella and hop into the rain.

Maybe gone were the moments of playing under the rain, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the rain any longer. In life, we can’t deny the fact that there will be times that we have to walk through the rain.  We can go playing under the rain or simply walk under it with our umbrellas. 

The rain is a wonderful shower from heaven, and during rainy days,  we can have different options on how to walk through it.


Holding our umbrellas tightly.

Most of the time we are like this. We walk under the heavy rains and still continue walking holding tightly our umbrellas even if we are already soaked and wet by the rain. We reached our destinations desperately because our umbrellas weren’t able to fully protect us from the rain.

In life, we are also like this. The storms came, the wind blew hard, and rain falls heavily, yet we continue to walk holding tightly our umbrellas pretending that we can get through all of this covering the fact that we are already soaked with the burden that it brought.

Life’s lesson: When your umbrellas can’t take it, let go.


Setting the umbrella aside.

Many times we are also like this. We set aside our umbrellas and finally trying to brace the fact that it can’t protect us any longer. We set aside our umbrellas to experience the rain and walk through it, but still we are holding our umbrellas and afraid to finally let it go.

Same thing in life, we say we embraced the rain, yet we can’t fully let go of our umbrellas. We still find it hard to walk on the rain and get past through it without our tiny coverings.

Life’s lesson: When you already let go, move on.


Throwing it out.

Yes we can’t take it any longer; we finally throw off our umbrellas and walked playing through the rain.

In life, when we can’t take it any longer, we finally throw all the things that hinders us from conquering the rains and fully let go enjoying what we have in the moment and embracing the fact that the rain will be over soon.

Life’s lesson: When we can’t take it anymore just let go, move on and seize the moment.


Life offers us different things every day. We can’t have the rain every day, and we can’t have the bright sun all the time as well. The rain will be over soon, and the sun will surely come out anytime. Life has its own seasons; all we have to do is to learn and appreciate how to live in every moment.

Life has different surprises every day; we may perceive it as good or bad, but it only depends on how we will respond to it. We can use our umbrellas, our coverings and coats, but sometimes, we must also learn to let go and simply walk through the rain or through the sunshine.

In life, we all have a great umbrella of blessings, security, significance and mercy if we allow Him to cover us and hold us under His care and protection.

LET GO of your umbrella and LET GOD cover you.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5: 6-7

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Meet my Robins

Growing up watching superheroes with my male cousins and war movies with my uncle was full of fun and adventure, like them I dream to be like Batman and ride his bat mobile. I wanted to be the Dark Knight and a soldier. Being born in a Penal Colony where Justice must prevail, I feel more than safe and secure that fear walking home late at night never occurred in me. A gun or a riffle is part of every household, a place where criminals are captured and kept in jail. I was well protected and taken care of, many people looks after me. I feel no fear of the world, I also never experienced typhoons nor flood, for our town was surrounded by trees plus the majestic Mt. Apo. I was brave because I have nothing to be scared of. One tragic experience that broke the fragile in me was when I lost my mother; like the young Batman I faced those dark nights in pain and tears; and like him, I took the courage to stand and face the typhoons of life.

I woke up one Monday morning, the day after super typhoon Mina strike Manila; the sun was up and it was a good day to travel, so I got dressed, ride a bus, and conquered Manila.

Watching superheroes, I always see and admire the sidekicks, the friends of Superman, Ron and Hermione of Harry Potter, the Robin of Batman; and with them, I realized that in life no one’s alone, we all have our own Robins. That day as I bravely left home after the typhoon, I met the Robins that God has placed in my life.

And here they are…

The Youth

The youth of this generation having fun in the mud left by the typhoon with their dirty hands and feet, reminds me that happiness is a choice; we don’t have to search for it, instead we just have to decide whether to be happy or not. Happiness is just out there free and ready for the taking. Like these youth, they find happiness getting dirty while playing in the mud, enjoying their present believing that tomorrow will come with its own happiness.

The horse feels the pain when whipped; he feels the burden of a heavy carriage but he can’t complain, for its how he was rewarded. This is how he lives, it’s his purpose. The horse suffers but endures. It reminded me that sometimes we carry heavy burdens and pain strikes us so hard not for us to complain but for us to endure that will eventually makes us stronger.

The Tree

Every storm leaves a mark, devastation, and lost. This tree experienced the storms, but it remained standing despite the heavy rains and strong winds. This tree knows that it needs the heavy rains for its water, the gases from the strong wind, and the wet soil for its nutrients. This reminds me that life is a gift wrapped with different kinds of surprises; prepared or not, we must stand still and know that challenges are sometimes needed in unraveling the marvelous things enclosed with it.

The couple

This couple stayed so close that even the heat of the sun or the heavy rains could not separate them. They reminded me that through the storms, you don’t have to be alone; there is always this one (or many)  that will stay with you no matter how hot the weather is or how strong the storms are.

The old man

I don’t know the name or the age of this old man. I also don’t know how long he is living, or how many storms he has witnessed neither the problems that he overcomed and the sadness that he has triumphed with joy. This man reminds me that being strong doesn’t depend on the number of storms that passed by but on how many times you stood up everytime a storm knocks you down.

The Praying Woman

This woman reminds me that if it takes too hard to stand, we can always kneel; that when the storms came and thunders roar we can keep quiet, be still and know that there is someone greater than us. All we have to do is to pray not just for the storms to pass but for a better umbrella.

Robins are everywhere, we may not know them by name, they can be an animal or a plant; one thing is for sure they have helped the Batman in us not just to be a hero but to be a better person.

If Superman has friends, Batman have Robin, he’s a friend who stays in the dark, in danger, in strife, and in storms. Just like this picture of my friends, who stayed with me before, during, and after the super typhoon Mina.

My friends.

For five years I survived Manila with its increasing criminal rate and the number of visiting typhoons. I survived Manila like Batman conquered Gotham. On this day trip in Manila, I saw the Batman in me or should I call myself the “Dark Knight Princess” and you just met my Robins during super typhoon Mina.

Thousands of Robins are still out there coming our way every day; and with them, we can never be afraid of the dark and even with storms.

 

 Photos courtesy of Architect Rolf Gary Ridao taken on August 29, 2011, at the city of Manila, Philippines.