“And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated.
Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but He said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
there were many times in my life that i was down, depressed and frustrated. when i was younger, even the tiniest of issues were like big deal. and they almost immediately initiate the feelings of being so “kawawa naman ako”.
time passed and the issues revealed their ugly faces. they came to life, grew bigger as i grew older. i realized whew! so this is what the generations before us were talking about. how life can be really hard, and how it is a game of survival where only the toughest wins.
eventually, in my mid-age, i have already experienced the worst, that i never imagined possible. and what’s even more frightening was, there were times when i get anxious with the thought that, it may not be the worst yet.
those difficult times, however, became my teachers in the school of life. for the most part, i have been betrayed, not once or twice; i stopped counting. but i learned about trust as well. i have experienced frustration, but learned about encouragement. i have made mistakes, yet i learned about forgiveness too. i’ve reached rocked bottom, but learned how to get on my feet and move on. i tried hanging on, but then i also learned when to let go. i faced desperation head on, and faith saved me.
God works in mysterious ways all the time in our lives. during the darkest of times, i see the light of His Love guide me on my way. in the coldest of night, i feel His warm embrace and i feel secure. when there was none, He always provides.
now as i travel through what remains of my life’s journey, i will never be lost again. though i know there may be bumpier roads ahead, i shall never be shaken. obstacles may try to block our path, still i will not tremble. for now the Lord is the driver of my life. in His hands, i will forever be safe.