Waiting With Grace

“You stand in the line just to hit a new low / You’re faking a smile with the coffee you go…”

I curled my upper lip in exasperation as I see the long queues some ten meters from where I got off the jeepney. Not my day again. I turned my head from left to right searching the last row for my shuttle ride to BGC. As usual. It’s 6:45 AM. My job is supposed to start at 8:00 AM and there are at least five lines that I have to overcome to catch the trip to our office. 

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“Cause you had a bad day / You’re taking one down / You sing a sad song just to turn it around…”

I watched as co-rushers with familiar faces brisk walk towards the lines. Knowing that this would take more than a while, I diverted my almost-bad day into a more optimistic one.

I flipped the first few pages of a devotional book that I brought to keep me occupied during instances like these.

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.

For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” – Isaiah 30:18

 

“Blessed are all who wait for him.”

The words echoed in my mind. This verse might just be what I have to ponder on. 

Waiting for a shuttle ride is like waiting for God’s answers to our heartfelt prayers.

He answers our prayers in four ways: 

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1) “No.” There are no vans to Ayala at the moment due to heavy traffic in C5. Sorry. You’ll have to take a cab.

Sometimes, the Lord says no when we pray. This is not because we are not His most favorite child, but because He loves us too much that He wants us to learn to be strong amidst the rejection or pain. There may also be times that we need to sincerely confess and repent for our sins.

James and John in Mark 10:34 wanted to be in high rank in the kingdom next to Jesus. But Jesus said no to that request, because it was up to God the Father to grant that petition.

(2) “Yes, but you’ll have to wait.” You are the nineteenth in line for the 18-seater van. Please wait for the next trip.

The Lord says yes to our petitions – but not immediately. He works this way so we can develop patience in waiting. In some cases, it may take months or even years until His perfect timing arrives. While we wait, God works behind the scenes on our behalf.

Perhaps the best example of patience in the Bible is the life of Job. To prove Job’s devotion to the Lord, God permitted the devil to destroy everything he owned (Job 1). Job was a rich man but he lost every bit of his property. Though the most devastating of all was when he lost his children. Yet Job did not blame God. He believed that God had a plan and that he would be patient for its unveiling. In the end, God returned to Job twice as much as what he had in the beginning (Job 42:10).

(3) “Yes, but not what you expected.” This van will route until Kalayaan only. Those heading to Ayala, please take the next trip.

There are times that the Lord grants our requests – only in a different packaging! He says yes, with some deviations from what we really desire. When we are praying, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Sometimes God will say, “Yes, but not how you think.”

(4) “Yes, and here’s more!” This van will route until Market! Market!

Just because the Lord loves us dearly, He not only answers our prayers – He gives us more than what we expect. King Solomon, as a new and young King of Israel, asked God for something he knew he significantly needed – wisdom. God answered not only with a big yes, but gave him more than he could have dared to ask.

Just like waiting for a shuttle ride, we don’t know what time the next blessing will arrive. It might come soon, a little delayed or might not come at all. We don’t know how long we have to wait in line but we should always have the heart of a faithful servant and see how God’s plans unfold in our very eyes. God’s promises are always fulfilled in His perfect timing. Just keep the grace while waiting and trust where He leads! By the time the shuttle arrives, we praise God for at last we can rest our tired feet and weary hearts. 

If you happen to be always waiting, remember that a loving God is in control!

Happy waiting! 

Reference:

Five Ways God Answers Prayer. Whatever the answer, your best interest is always in mind.

http://www.christianitytoday.com

About the Writer:
Jasmine B. Suiza
Seasonal writer and singer.
Daydreamer. Melancholic. RND.

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Have You Opted Online?

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I met Nick in an online blog. I saw that he liked my post, and let’s be honest, after seeing that he was cute, I sent him a message. That was in May 2012. Two months from now, we’re going to be spending one year of being together as a couple, and in May 2014, two years of knowing each other. I’ve never been in a long distance relationship before and I’ve never had a serious relationship that lasted up to a year. So I do feel blessed having a loving person as my partner, even if the circumstances are not what we’re used to.

In this day and age, online dating has slowly been becoming an accepted form of dating. It doesn’t have to be associated with signing up on a dating website, but it can also be in the form of just becoming close with someone on Facebook or a blog. People used to be embarrassed relating their stories of meeting their significant others online because they don’t want to be deemed desperate or socially inept in real life. That is not true. We simply have been so immersed in our activities; work, friends, family, the community, that we rarely have time to meet and get to know people.

In my case, I was transitioning from one job to another, busy of trying to get a stable occupation which prevented me of having time to go out and embark on any adventures. Maybe God also meant for that to happen. If I was out there, I may have spent that day differently than blog about my life, and Nick may not have seen that post he could’ve liked. I may not have seen his cute face in a tiny avatar, and taken the proactive approach to send him a message. I may have met someone else or maybe I may still be single, still looking for my GG (God’s Gift). Maybe God had routed my love story through a new means of communication that did not even exist during the Biblical times. Crazy huh? After all, He works in mysterious ways.

I’m not saying that everyone should rely on online dating. I would honestly warn you that it is a huge vessel going towards the unknown, not to mention, it is full of strangers, like ALL KINDS of them. A simple hi could turn into a weirdly uncomfortable conversation that will make you just want to hit the X button. I’ve actually dated two guys I’ve met online before meeting Nick. So far, they weren’t the sort who had evil plots in mind. If you do decide to try meeting people online, have standards but remove all expectations. Also, be careful and vigilant because there are wolves out there. Try to remember what a good friend told me: Only 5% of people you meet online are sane. That sort of mindset helped me wiggle out the crazies or the ones just “looking for a good time”. Nick and I initially talked about World War II for two months. We were such nerds that five months later, I found myself really attracted to him…and here we are, almost celebrating a year together. I know I don’t have the assurance that I’ll end up happily forever after with Nick, but right now, at this moment, I am a happy girl in love.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that everyone should be open to any means of becoming close with someone. For all you know, you may meet your boyfriend/girlfriend in a cooking class, in a boxing session, in the community or even online. I know everyone will have a different experience in finding the right person for them. Nevertheless, I do advice both my brothers and sisters these: be confident, make the first move, expect less and learn how to leave some for yourself. If you like someone, get to know them. Maybe they don’t turn out to be the person that you liked them for, or maybe they are afterall and they’re also just waiting on you. There’s always the right time and the right person, but the question is, how would you know? Not just sitting on your butt waiting, of course!

God has a plan for you, a person for you. However, don’t expect God to wrap that person up as a present and surprise you, saying “Ta-Da! Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for! Here’s the dream boy/girl you’ve been asking for!” You have to be proactive. After all the saying goes, “Nasa Diyos ang Awa, Nasa Tao ang Gawa”. Go get them, tiger!
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 Dana Bee (pictured with Nick). Writer. Middle Child. Lefty. Movie Buff. Gamer. Animal Lover. Hopeless Romantic. ENFP. 

How to make your 2014 Rock (inputs by an introvert with an OCD)

 

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1. Make a long list of things you want to have or places you should go.

Yeah. That’s basically the first and foremost thing that one ought to do. Make plans. Most of us, by the end of the year, tell other people how lame our year went by. Nothing happy or exciting or even new happened to them. Why? It’s because they didn’t plan. I know, I know, you want to make your life carefree and all but aren’t we all adults now? Shouldn’t we by now know the things we want to try and what not? What makes us happy and what doesn’t? SET.YOUR.GOALS.

2. Get going.

Checklist, done. What’s next? Carry out your plans! Nothing would still happen to you and your list if you just stare at it for the rest of the year. That list isn’t made up as a design for your room. It’s there for a purpose. If you want to shed off some weight, go to the gym, run, do some exercise. You’ll thank yourself one day once all the items on your checklist are ticked off.

3. Travel, meet new people and learn new things.

If this is not included in your checklist, it should be. Why? Let me make it clear a) you’ll learn that even as an introvert you are good at talking to people; b) you’ll be smarter than those people graduating with honors (don’t ask me why, find out for yourself); c) you’ll be a well rounded person (personality-wise); d) skills (cooking, haggling/bargaining, communicating) are useful, algebra? (hmmm meh, haven’t used them since I graduated college);

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SFC East B @ Bohol (Feb. 2012)

Point is not all the things we need to know is in school or inside the four corners of your house. The world is the greatest teacher along with experience. I haven’t heard of a person who has travelled and learned new stuff that died lonely. Trust me on this one. Oh by the way, travelling makes you appreciate h

ow beautiful the world is. And for learning new things, you’ll realize how wonderful you are as God’s creation.

4. Stack up piles of books, movies and tissues for the rainy days.

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My book pile at home

You heard me right. Let’s admit it. Not all the days of the year would be sunny, literally and hypothetically. Some days you would be locked up inside your room and moping for some apparent reason. Well the books, movies and tissues explain it a lot.

 

 

5. Let God be there with you wherever you go and whatever you do.

Whilst I mentioned above of us already knowing what we want blah blah blah, we should also, at the end of the day remind ourselves that this life we live is God’s and not ours. Just like the saying “Do your best and God will do the rest.”

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                You’ll see by the end of the year, whether you learned a new skill or visited a new place your year will always always ROCK!

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Anna.
Traveler. Bookworm. OCD. Lover. SFC

Of Beginnings And Endings

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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

Why is it at the end of each year we have mixed feelings of high hope and regret? Is it because of the things we wanted to do and still hope to do? The people we’ve lost and the people we hope to meet? I don’t know. Sometimes it sucks to be human because of all these conflicted feelings. Then, sometimes it also reminds us how blessed we are because we’re alive. In living, we hope to share and be witnesses of each other which brought about this blog.

Our Singles for Christ Chapter decided to start this blog as a voice to all single men and women out there. We hope that you may also find God and get to know him more just as we have. We want to share our lives with you–the highs and lows, sucky and not so sucky moments, fortunate and unfortunate events–and glorify God’s name in whatever situation we are in our lives. We hope you journey with us and share your lives as well. 

So as we end 2013, we’d like to show you what we’ve been up to this year:

SFC International Conference (ICON)

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February 15-17, 2013 @ World Trade Center

 

SFC Metro Manila Conference (MMC)

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July 19-21, 2013 @ Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center

CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAMS!

Welcoming new members to the community.

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April-June 2013 @ Sto. Nino Chapel, Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo City

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September-December 2013 @ Sto. Nino Chapel, Villa Cecilia Subdivision, Antipolo City

We thank You Lord for 2013.

Thank you for the people you’ve brought into our lives.

Thank you for our families and our SFC community.

Thank you for the trials, pains and heartbreaks.

Thank you for the gift of life, love and hope. 🙂