July seems to be a catching up month for us. My hubby and I have met and caught up with some beautiful (inside and out) people. In most of these occasions, both of us were blessed to reconnect and share insightful experiences.
Last Friday just before flying back to Singapore our friends and co-workers in God’s Ministry, Rene and Flowela had a quick yet flavorful (both on food and conversation) lunch with my hubby and me.
We had fun reminiscing our times together in the choir. We got misty eyed as we recalled the struggles that almost jeopardize our friendship. Yet what awed and humbled us the most was Flowela’s revelation.
Most people (Filipinos particularly) venture to work abroad in the hope for a greener pasture, Rene and Flowela together with their two children left Philippines and tried building a new life in Singapore.
While we heard of so many success stories of people working aboard, their story was a revelation. A revelation of God’s faithfulness and the strong yet gentle arms of God that reassuringly cradle His children.
Flowela recalled being pulled out from their comfort zone when they got to Singapore. With no relatives nearby, they were basically alone and have to fend for themselves. She said life wasn’t easy and they were constantly challenged.
However, their life had a turn around when they began seeking God first. Flowela shared that although the change was not overnight, on hindsight they now appreciate the chastisement that goes with the change. They were purged and squeezed of everything. And when they were down with nothing, God started pouring out His blessings to them. They began to see the hands of God working in and on their lives mightily.
Even though Rene is the only one working and earns an average income they always have enough. Flo recalled with a smile that they are constantly amaze when on some occasions they would have an unanticipated financial needs; they would pray for it and ask it in God’s name. And strangely, in a day or two someone would just extend a help. Amazing!
Despite the challenges that come their way, by God’s exceeding grace they continue to soar above them and constantly claim God’s assurance, ‘Yet there is one ray of hope: His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh each day.’ (Lamentations 3:21-23)
As we parted ways, I reflected on our conversation and some thoughts impressed on me. First, God truly works in mysterious ways. He has His ways of meeting everyone’s need. All we need to do is to earnestly pray, trust in Him and allow His mighty hand to work. Second, as we seek Him and when we allow Him to take the wheel; He would purge and squeeze us until we’re down to nothing and then God would abound His blessings to us. And lastly, God takes us out from our comfort zone and takes us to a place of no ordinary comfort, an exceedingly peacefilled and joyfilled comfort.