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The Day I Met God’s Gift

It was a Sunday that I will never forget.  A Sunday that allowed me to rediscover God in a  guilt-striking way.  A Sunday that moved me to so much tears.  It was the Sunday I met God’s Gift.

May 1, 2016 was a first Sunday and a Communion Sunday as well, which I’m also tasked to serve the elements.   It was also the first day of my period.  Unlike most women I don’t usually get stomach cramps. But what I would usually get is this torturous migraine which oftentimes render me restless, nauseous and on some occassions I have a hard time focusing, severe pain that runs from my head down to my back.

During the first worship, my migraine was quite manageable. However during the second worship the migraine was beginning to get the worst of me – the pain started to get unbearable and I was getting nauseous.  It’s this time when I just wanted to stay home, go to bed and not a care in the world.

I also begun to be restless.  However for some reason my attention was drawn to a little boy wearing a cap and a surgical mask.  He seemed unmindful of the things around him. And he seemed to be having a good time.  I tried to veer away but my attention keeps going back to the little boy.

And so, after the benediction was sang I decided to approach his mom and ask about her son.  I learned that they are from out of town and the little boy is suffering from leukemia and undergoing chemotherapy.  His mother added that he was supposed to stay home since he just had a chemo session on that Friday prior.  However, the little boy insisted that he wanted to go to church.  His mom said he never wanted to miss Sunday school and Sunday worship.

To say I was stunned,  is an understatement.  Here I was more than ready to retreat with the onset of migraine.  And here’s a little boy who looks forward on every Sunday to worship and discover God, despite having leukemia and had just gone chemo session.

Before we parted ways, I offered a prayer for them especially for the child. As I was about to utter a prayer, I asked his name.  Lo and behold, his mom answered, ‘Gift. We named him Gift because he is God’s gift to us.’

As I prayed for Gift, I wasn’t able to stop my tears from streaming down. My tears rolled down because I felt how hard it must be for his mom to see her son suffer at a very tender age.  My tears rolled down because I was so deeply moved that a boy like Gift despite what he’s going through still looks forward in fellowshipping with and in worshipping God.  And yes my tears rolled down because God reminded me through Gift that when we are weary and burdened, God offers us rest when we come to Him.

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Don’t Walk

While watching “The Jane Austen Book Club”, one scene struck me the most. It was when Prudie (played by Emily Blunt) was about to cross the road and succumb to temptation.  With the traffic sign blinking ‘walk’ and with second thoughts playing on her mind Prudie was about to cross the road to meet up with a guy.  As she focused on the traffic sign, instead of seeing ‘walk’ she saw blinking in front of her were the words, ‘what would Jane Austen do’.  The scene ended with the traffic sign blinking, ‘Dont Walk.’

Now, Prudie was nothing but a prim and proper woman, who gives high regard on moral values.  So, what pushed her to almost do the unthinkable?  Frustrations.  She became frustrated with her relationship.  She was frustrated with her hubby who seem to have neglected the need to connect with her.

Yet, all’s well that ends well.  Prudie came to her senses.  She went back home to her hubby.  She pleaded him to read with her ‘Persuasions’.  In the course of reading her hubby understood and rectified their situation.  Thanks to Jane Austen.

If only things were not as complicated. If only Jane Austen has all the answers to our frustrations.  But then reality is, every now and then we get frustrated.  And Jane Austen and her novels are just but too good to be true.  (And yes, I still love to read novels.)

We get frustrated when things don’t turn out the way we wanted.  We get frustrated when we feel that the intensity of our emotion is not reciprocated by with our hubby.  We get frustrated when there’s so many things to do yet we seem to zone out.  We get frustrated  when we don’t get appreciated for making an effort to please a loved one.

We can be frustrated with so many things.  That is why, we should be cautious because, ‘frustrations are the enemy’s vehicle to temptation.’  Temptations are at strongest when we are frustrated because  we are vulnerable and tend to think irrationally.  Temptations are mostly subtle and deceptive.  The bottom line is, temptations give the enemy the upper hand to manipulate us to sin.

We can not avoid circumstances to turn against us. Neither can we avoid that at times we get frustrated.  Nor can we rely on any of Jane Austen’s novels to relieve us from our frustrations.  But we can rest in the assurance of what Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

And when temptation seems to be blinking boldly, don’t just wait for the, ‘Don’t Walk’ sign.  Rather constantly remember,

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‘the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.’ (1 Corinthians 10:13 TLB)

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