Saturday, October 24, 2020

Isaiah 49:23, Our waiting continues

Isaiah 49:23
Those who hopefully wait for Me will never be put to shame.

Yes, we are here now at the moment we have waited for.

But I realized one thing - and that our waiting won't stop while living.

It just that each one of us has our own period of waiting.

When one ends, another will come.
From the simple waiting of dinner time to weekend rest then to the life-changing waiting period of a graduation day to employment day or engagement day to the wedding day, and so on.

Waiting seems to have no end.
But Why?

Because our hearts long for something - it keeps seeking.

Achieving something here on earth won't give us the full rest we long for.

It seems there's something in our hearts that no event nor things would fill.

Someone says, there is a God-shaped vacuum in our hearts that only God could fill.
And so we will keep on waiting for something - for someone until Christ Jesus returns again.

He is the One we ultimately wait for - the One who can only make us feel whole and complete, satisfied, and fulfilled.
And not until He comes back again, our life will go on waiting and waiting which means working and working.

So, are we doomed to despair because life is just a cycle of waiting and working like vanity as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes?

- Of course not.

Waiting and working creates a space or an avenue in us for hope, for faith, for belief.

It exercises our faith in God by keep believing that we always have hope in Him.
And this hope takes us to the future but it takes faith to see it.

Since life is like this, how can we wait wisely that is honorable and pleasant to God?

1. Wait and Pray
Praying allows us to learn His will, His way.
It is important for us to know that we are waiting for the right thing at the right time.
Like if we are waiting for love, let's say.
We have to discern "the when" of seeking it and "the how" of pursuing it.
Bible says to not awaken love until the time is right and that there is always a right time for every activity under heaven.

2. Wait and Work
God doesn't want us to be idle.
He wants us to act and be involved.
He loves to work with us - in and through us.
Working invites us to use the time, talents, and treasures God has entrusted us - and we honor Him if we do things with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength.

3. Wait and Rest
Maybe to most, this is the hardest part of waiting.
Because after doing the working, we need more power.
 - power to do nothing.
Resting in His words reveals our attitude to how we take His promises seriously.
It unveils the confidence we have to the One who said will do it.

Now, what if we get tired?
Despite doing all these praying, working, and resting, God seems nowhere to be found.
He seems silent and not working.

Well, believe it or not, the Lord expects us to be tired that's why He says to come to Him and take a rest.

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

It is never an option to quit - to turn our back from Him.

In the story of Job, he waited for God to intervene and save him.

He waited in pain and suffering for some period of time but he never turns away from God.
He might have questioned His love but he brought all his arguments and pleas to Him.
He expresses the steadfastness of his faith by keep reaching out his voice to God.

And we know in the end, Job wasn't disappointed.

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD
will gain new strength;
They will mount up on wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired.
They will walk and not become weary.

If we will turn our back from God then to whom else will we go?

Jeremiah 6:16
Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it. 

To us, if we have found God, stay in Him.
He is our refuge and strong tower.
Our help, our only portion, and the strength of our hearts.

So let us not grow weary.
We may have a lot of waiting to go in life but one thing is for sure.
- Our life is not in vain.

And we can be sure that we are waiting for God's best for we know we have sought His will, did His will, and surrendered to His will.

The faith that we have will never put us to shame.

It will sustain us until the day we hear Him say good and faithful one and that will stop all the waitings we are waiting for.

Monday, September 28, 2020

ISAIAH 62:4, Your land will be married

 


Isaiah 42:9
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 
See I am doing a new thing.
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 

My version:
Do not call to mind the former things or ponder things from the past.
Do not cling to the events that happened.
For what He will be doing - in fact already doing.
And is now happening!
These are nothing compare to those things of old.

We got married last September 15, 2020, Tuesday.
Exactly one week after we received our marriage license - our renewed marriage license.

This is a date we did not choose nor planned.
There is nothing special with the number fifteen for both of us too.
Even more, Tuesday is an uneasy day of the week for us to have a celebration with.

Yet, God made it happen.


Our church set the wedding date; but a few days before it, we are told that it will not be pushed through for some reason.


By this time, we have adjusted with our church's chosen date twice already - filing our leaves twice including our families.

It became stressful for us knowing we are just a few days away from our set wedding date and we still have no concrete plans how will our wedding be like.


We got no pastor to officiate our wedding, our venue is now unknown and we are not sure of our witnesses' availability for we haven't asked them yet.


But God one by one, made a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.


September 9, Wednesday, God provided us a pastor to officiate our wedding then that same day, our venue confirmed it's availability including the number of guests they can accommodate with.


Lastly, some of our witnesses said yes to us.


It's like Tuesday we are problematic then Wednesday, God came to our rescue.


He really does hasten it in its time by sending His people's favor towards us - all compressed in just one day to bless us on our wedding day.


I remember asking God that Tuesday night,
"Is really marriage His will for me, for us?"
"Why is it so hard to get married?"
"Why did He impressed in my heart at the beginning of the year in Genesis 24:67 that Isaac and Rebekah got married in just one verse if this is what's happening to us now?"

The LORD, that same night answered me clearly in Isaiah 62:4.
... For the LORD delights in you, And to Him your land will be married.

What an exact word right?
What a personal God He is!

This word is what I need at that moment.
This is really what I want to hear from Him that we are pursuing the right thing.
That we are under His will.

I was currently reading Isaiah at that time and many verses have struck my heart, encouraging me to believe that it will happen.

I wrote all the verses that touched me believing in my head that God will make it happen anytime soon but my heart doesn't feel the same way.
My heart has full of disbelief and fear of disappointment.
I'm afraid that my hope might break me again.

How ironic right?
Bible defines hope as something that never disappoints but my deceitful heart is just so anxious and too careful not to expect something again.

I fought this feeling by keeping with myself the verse from Philippians 4:6 which says,
Do not be anxious but pray.

Yet my heart doesn't follow right away.
Every day, I have to teach my heart to trust, practicing my faith - my walk with Him.

This pandemic honestly has weakens my faith.
I am not the same person who I used to be.

My delight in His words has become lesser.
I am more inclined to doubting instead of trusting.

I have few people to share with for many of them are experiencing difficulties and challenges too.

Personally, I'm afraid that I would too add to their burdens and became one of them so I just chose to share what's going on in me.

I also saw fewer models of faith in my real life at the moment, in this season.
Personal communication is too far from the virtual one.
Updates virtually are really different from that skin to skin and eye to eye conversation. 

But yes, God is my portion forever and the strength of my heart.
He is really faithful!
Isn't He?


When I read that word from Isaiah 62:4 that night, I was moved to read the previous bible readings I wrote in my journal just this September. 

Here are some of them.


Isaiah 60:22
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.

Isaiah 55:12
You will go out with joy and be led forth with peace...

Isaiah 49:23
Those who hopefully wait for Me will never be put to shame.

Isaiah 46:10-11
My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure... Truly I have spoken; I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Isaiah 44:8
Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?...

Isaiah 44:3
Do not fear for I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground.

Isaiah 43:16
The Lord makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters. 

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars... 

Isaiah 38:5
I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears... 

Isaiah 35:4
Say to those with anxious heart "Take Courage, Fear not"...

Yes, I believe that God will still accomplish His good plans for me and for us even if I will not ask or confirmed His will through His words.

But I will miss one thing.
And that is my time spent with Him during those difficult times of my life.

I might not realize it during those hard times but when things get better I know to myself that He was with me - never really left me.
He is a God who is indeed faithful and true to His words - to His promises.

Those heartbreaks we felt, those questions we asked, the whys in our life doesn't matter anymore.

We might not exactly never know why things went that way, why COVID 19 happened but I surrender it to Him.

I still have some questions in my heart but since God is not giving me an answer or understanding for all of these, I guess, to Him, it's not important for me to know the whys.

What's important is that I know He knows what He is doing, believing that whatever He does, He creates it for His own glory - like the beast of the fields and seas.

The Crocodiles, Bears, Lions, Tigers, or Sharks.
No one of us would ever want to have a close encounter with these creatures nor would have cared if they never existed.
Yet, we find them magnificent and powerful.
It brings glory to God.

We might not know what these creatures have exactly had to do in this world.
Our heartbreaks and disappointments too - we don't know why.
But yes, through our pains and sufferings God can be glorified.

Like the pain and suffering of Christ in the cross, it pleased God, it Glorified God.
Isaiah 53:10
But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief...

But after all of these, we will be honored as a victorious one like our savior Jesus.

He said forget all those pains and disappointments that have happened.
Do not call to mind that stressful months.
God is about to renew everything.
In fact, He has already started working.
We can see it now, don't we?



Saturday, August 1, 2020

PSALM 73:23, He holds my hand


I don't have the courage to write these past weeks.
My July journal wasn't filled.
I missed my Bible.

Selah.

Yes, there's nothing new with this post, this is still a story of being down I guess.
This pandemic is so real.
It hits me.
I didn't feel like myself the last month.
It seems I am not me.
I was different for many days.

I felt guilty for not spending time with the Lord as I used to be.
I dealt with the everyday as if I am not minding Him.
He was just in my rearview and I didn't try to look closer at Him.

It seems I am so okay outside yet inside I know I am not.
Something is missing, something is falling.

Looks like, I almost lost my footing.
But why I am still here standing?

I guess it's because of His love - no, I know it's His lovingkindness that holds me.

Many things have failed these past months at least for my perspective.
My heart is having its own ups and downs.
Negativity keeps coming back.
Some are from of old, some are new.
Many times I am discouraged - and this month, I think, I gave in.

I miss the old normal.
I miss going out.
I miss the face to face interaction, conversation.
I am tired of the slow internet thing.
I miss touching my friends.
I miss walking freely.
I feel ugly inside our house.
My clothes aren't nice, my hair isn't fixed.
And sometimes, I think I overeat without getting enough movements.
I hate COVID!
It holds our wedding.
It ruined our plans.

These were the things popping on my mind.
I am so negative.
I didn't fight them using His words as my armor.

I know the Bible can answer everything I said, everything I thought.
But I don't know.
I get tired of encouraging myself, I guess.
I allowed other things to feed me just to forget these thoughts, these sentiments.

I decided to just do things that I feel like doing - calligraphy, painting, watching movies, and even chatting and chatting with friends.
I was busy doing these all day.
I had fun.

But at the end of it all, I am not full.
None of these filled me, satisfied me.
I made such good things bad for myself.

My heart isn't at peace.
I don't feel good.
I got to do something.
There's something inside me that is pulling me back to where I'm supposed to be.

And I gave in to that power - the Holy Spirit. 


Psalm 73:21-23
When my heart was embittered and I was pierced within,
Then I was senseless and ignorant;
I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.

Yes, my heart was not right, what I did looks non-sense.
It seems ignorant before the Lord.
What I did was unpleasing before Him.
I looked like a beast - not beautiful before Him.
But though I was like that, He didn't give up on me.
He stayed with me and even more, He kept on holding me.
He has taken hold of my right hand just to keep me from falling, from slipping.

My feet came close to stumbling but the Lord keeps on adjusting.
He widened my steps under me.

Psalm 18:36
You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.

The Lord is the Sweetest, He is so Patient.
Truly, His kindness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4) - It leads me to repentance and now I'm slowly coming back.

Psalm 94:18
If I should say "My foot has slipped" Your lovingkindness O Lord will hold me up.

I am getting well from the inside-out as my life verse became real once again.

Psalm 73:28
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.

Yes, apart from the Lord, nothing would I do would make me feel good nor can be considered good at all.

Hard times are real.
No one is exempted - even Job is included.

I realized it's easy to judge someone's action not realizing that each people have their own battle.
It might be little or simple for some - but to them, it might be the whole world.
If the Lord is so patient, why can't we?

In this world full of many, choose to be kind for some people might be going through something we might know nothing about.

Don't push someone harder.
Job's friends didn't say anything good, anything helpful.
They torment him with their speech, their words crush him (Job 19:2-3).

Believe it or not, prayer is enough.
I believe if someone belongs to the Lord, He Himself will pursue them.

Just be kind.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

PSALM 77, Pour - Process - Praise


Amazingly the Lord is so good in controlling my feelings these past weeks.
It seems like I was in a roller-coaster ride.
Sometimes I'm okay, sometimes I am not.
I feel emotional, I feel hyper, I feel nothing - I'm just moving.

I wouldn't say I am totally okay with what happened to us.
When some of my friends keep sending me successful wedding stories amidst this COVID 19 Pandemic - I can say, I'm not okay with it.
It made me sad.
I envy them - and yes, it made me cry again.
I am not encouraged though I know so well that they were really just concerned about me wanting to encourage me and give me some hope in such time as this.

I really appreciate them, I swear.
I love them.
I'm thankful for their effort in reaching me out and remembering me.
I just don't understand myself.
I really want to feel happy for those successful stories but I don't know why I found myself bitter coming back to God asking Him, "When Lord?" "How long?", "Have you forgotten me?", "Are you not faithful to me anymore?", "Is my faith becoming weak?", "Why us?", "Why now?" "Why not just stop this?".

As I was searching for some encouragement, I came across an article on a Christian website entitled "When my soul refused to be comforted."

I felt this is just me.

The verse says...

(v.2)  My soul refuse to be comforted.
(v.3)  When I remember God, I am disturbed.
(v.4)  I feel so trouble, I cannot speak.
(v.8)  Will I never be favorable again?
(v.9)  Has His promise come to an end forever?
(v.10) It is my grief that the right hand of God has changed.

This is what's really in my heart.
That's the voice within me.
I am disturbed by the thought that God will not keep His promises for me anymore.
Because at this very moment, the answer to my questions has appeared to have an emotional impact of yes.

COVID is not doing well here, our papers expired, no updates from our church's premarital department and the admin of our condominium are not permitting construction in the site yet.

Things around are not getting better at least for my perspective and it shakes my confidence with what God has said to me beforehand.

I'm searching the Lord for an answer to restore my confidence but I found nothing.
And my waiting is becoming harder for the Lord seems silent.

While I was in this roller-coaster emotions,
I appreciate how God's timeline is so good!
Amazingly, my Bible reading is about Job and I decided to take some deep study about it.

Job is a story of pain and suffering - not just suffering but the suffering of a godly man.

And this is the highlight of this book.
Maybe, Job's story will not be this known if perhaps he is a bad person in the sight of humanity.
We know that Job is not without sin because he too inherits the sins of Adam like all of us.
But God says, he is blameless and upright.
He has sins but in people's eyes, he is basically a good man.

At the end of this book, we can say that God doesn't explain to Job the reason for his pain and suffering instead, God shows how in His wisdom He has created the whole universe and everything in it.

This book never intended to answer the question of why pain, suffering, and evil exist but it wants to invite us to trust God's character and wisdom.
For our theology doesn't end that God is good and sovereign but that He is also wise and eternal.
He is outside time. He will never be late nor be too early. His timing will be just right - always.

The reason why Job cannot defend himself properly from the accusations of his friends is that he too really don't know why.

For our thoughts cannot reach God's thought. We cannot comprehend His ways.
They are way higher as Isaiah said.

Isaiah 55:8
For my thoughts are not your thoughts nor are your ways My ways.

So what now?
What to do while waiting and God seems silent?

Our senior pastor share with us some steps.
1. Pour
2. Process
3. Praise

Pour out your feelings to God.
It's okay to be emotional.
God will not judge you.
Like Job's story, God did not rush in to reprimands Job's drama.
He may seem silent but we know at the end of the chapter God is listening.

Then, Process your feelings and emotions together with God.
Be encouraged with some characters from the Bible who too waited in the Lord.

Abraham waited for a promised son,
Moses waited for a promised deliverance,
Joshua waited for a promised land,
David waited for a promised kingdom,
And many more others we can name of.

Like Asaph in this Psalm, let us be reminded of what history and the bible tells us - that God is always faithful to His promises.

(v.11) I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
(v.12) I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds.

Lastly, Praise the Lord.
Praising the Lord in advance in times of waiting is the best way to demonstrate our faith to Him.
He might be working in different ways.
In things, we cannot understand like Job but everything He does is holy.
It might be hidden from our eyes but God never stops working.

(v.14) Your way, O God is holy...
(v.19) Your way was in the sea and Your paths in the mighty waters, And Your footprints may not be known.

Now, I'm learning that in our waiting, never stop seeking and just keep praying.
Believing that at the end of all of these, we will find out that finding Him is the ultimate comfort we can ever have.

Monday, May 11, 2020

ECCLESIASTES 3:10-13, The present is a gift



I have seen the burden God has placed on us all.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can.
And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
- Ecclesiastes 3:10-13, NLT.

This verse was the first featured verse in my first ever blog I wrote for a Christian web page last Feb 2019.
I was a guest blogger back then :)
Here's the LINK if in case you haven't read it.

I have a few things realized after reading the article again.

It amazes me how the LORD met me where I am at that moment.
He may not answer my prayer in the way I wanted but He comforted me.
He definitely knew my hurts and disappointments.
Well, God doesn't owe me any explanation because He is God.

But because He loves me, He made me understand that while I cannot fully understand what He's doing, I have many reasons to be joyful.
So I must enjoy whatever I have on my hand and to whatever situation I'm in.
This is the best thing I can do - appreciating all that He has given me.
Because those things are His gifts - a  picture of His grace.

GRACE. Yes, grace.
I cannot fully understand what grace is before until I get to know Jesus personally.
We have three things to define first to understand this.

1. JUDGMENT - You do me wrong, You deserved penalty, You get it.
2. MERCY -  You do me wrong, You deserved penalty, but You did not get it because I pity You.
3. GRACE - You do me wrong, You deserved penalty, but You did not get it - instead I forgave you and loved you. I became your friend and I'm even ready to die for you.

God showed us the third one (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 10:10-11)
God hates sin which made us His enemy as the bible tells us (Romans 5:10).
We have offended Him greatly when we had chosen to follow our own way (Isaiah 53:6)

Jesus has given me so much.
He could have just shown me mercy.
No need for a connection at all.
After saving me, He could just have left me alone and forget about me - yet He did not.

I am eternally grateful to Him not just for saving me from the penalty of my sins (Romans 6:23) but also for choosing to love the unlovable me (Romans 5:8).

There might be times where I am so overwhelmed with my difficulties and heartaches that I tend to forget all of His goodness.
Yet despite the pains, I am not doomed to despairs.
My hope is anchored on His promises and though waiting is difficult - I believe it is worthy in the end.
Because when He says "No", all I have to do is to be content for the moment for when He takes away something, He has something better in return :)
I need not to worry because my God is always bigger than what I see in this world.

That's why I admire Paul when he said in Philippians 4:12 that he has learned to be contented in whatever circumstance he is in.
And like him, I am learning it too.
I'm learning to appreciate the simple things in my life right now.
From pizza delivery at home to movie marathons with my family.
From baking sessions to eating snacks together.
From craving ice cream to actually having it and until we crave again.
And many more stories.
More than cooking and baking, calligraphy techniques, and food aesthetic, God has taught me that even though life didn't turn out the way I expected or planned it - I can always be joyful and thankful.
I have always something to learn along the way.

I'm writing this to remind myself personally that in the beginning, God has always been so good to me.
Enjoying all He has given me is a form of worship - a thankfulness that I can offer to Him because I owe it to my Savior to be joyful every moment of my life.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

PROVERBS 19:21, Dealing with COVID 19 Pandemic



Proverbs 19:21
People may plan all kinds of things but the Lord's will is going to be done.

This verse became so real for me during this time.
This pandemic seems to stop the world - at least for me or maybe to some of you? I guess.
So how are we going to continue living with hope and joy at such time as this?

Here are some things I want to share which the Lord has been encouraging me to do.

1. Stay connected and be thankful.

Ephesians 5:18-20
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with Spirit.
Speaking to one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.

Maybe what I want to highlight is "not to get drunk with wine but with the Spirit".
For me, it means to not dwell on the sadness, disappointments or worries we're might be feeling during these times.

When my fiancé and I announced that our wedding has to be postponed, many of our friends reached us out, and honestly, I felt overwhelmed with them.
I appreciate their messages but I don't know, It made me depressed somehow.
It became hard for me to tell the same things over and over again because every time I share, It maximizes the hurt and the disappointments I have.
I was ashamed to share what happened to us because it felt that He did not keep His promises for me.
I don't have the feeling of being confident in God.
So I have decided to shut down my messenger and even stop communicating with my accountability partners.
It felt, I only want to dwell with my bitterness and embrace the sadness I have.

Well I guess, the Lord did not want me to stay like that - over a long time.

I'm still having my quiet time every day even if sometimes I don't feel to have it - until one day, I encounter this verse from Ephesians in our Church's daily prayer.

I liked it but don't have the courage to embrace it.
Out of my boredom, I decided to check our group chat with my disciples (because I have a little burden to know what's happening about them since God has entrusted them to me), then upon communicating with them, they have suggested having our online discipleship group.
At first, I was hesitant because I was afraid that they might ask me how I am and I know I'm not willing to answer it.
I don't want to share anything about the wedding.
I was feeling ashamed to be sad because I know many people have more valid reasons to be sad due to this COVID 19 - especially those who lost their loved ones.

But at just the right time.
God speaks to me with that passage and moved me to agreed with them.

It says "speak to one another" in psalms and hymns, sing and make melodies with the Lord.

So in response, I also little by little get connected again with some of my accountabilities - sharing our life during this COVID 19, words from God, thanking God and together waiting on Him, for salvation and restoration.
I realized I was so selfish thinking only of myself.
I was focusing on my feelings that I don't have the desire to move forward and find meaning amidst these trials.

2. Don't give up on Praying.

2 Samuel 22:7
In my distress, I called upon the Lord,
Yes, I cried to my God;
And from His temple, He heard my voice,
And my cry for help came into His ears.

2 Samuel 24:25
...Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

One thing is common about these verses.
"Pray because He hears it."

I have encountered something new about my prayer life - this is the "power of silent prayers".

There are times where I find it hard to be persistent in my prayers since I get nothing but discouragement whenever I'm seeing news on tv or in social media.
It doesn't help my faith but instead gives me no hope with our situation.
I can't see any improvement with our fight against this virus and so I always pray that may the Lord help me see some hopes that He is doing something - that He is really listening to us and has the plan to answer us positively.

In the middle of my "moving on" with my heartbreak.
A friend reached out to me.
She said, she heard what happened to us and shared that their wedding was postponed too - not once, but twice.
The first was due to the Taal Volcano eruption and now, due to this COVID 19 pandemic.

It felt I found someone who can understand me completely.
Someone I will not be worried about judging my emotions because she felt it too.
I felt good speaking with her - sharing encouragements and together waiting for the Lord promises to be fulfilled.

I shared this thing to my friends and accountabilities - and one of them said that she was happy for my sharing because it was an answered prayer for her since she doesn't know how to comfort me, what to tell me or how to approach me.
A friend also told me that she didn't message me about it but always remembers me.

I was so touched by their silent prayers. :)

When someone prays for us, unless their prayers are voice out before us, their prayers are silent from us.
In that case, their prayers are silent from me.
I don't know about their prayers, what they prayed and I'm not aware that they are remembering us in their own personal time with the Lord.

The one who prayed for us doesn't really know if their prayers were already answered or not - until I shared it (but what if I did not?)
They just prayed out of their concerns, out of their burdens, out of their love.

Because of this, I realized that even if I don't see some good news at the moment, it doesn't mean God has forgotten us.
It doesn't mean that He is not working.
Not knowing something doesn't mean nothing is happening.

And so because of this, I get something new from the Lord.
He is teaching me not to give up on my prayers.

Besides, what's happening now is not new to this world.
At the beginning of time, this earth has already experienced famines, wars, pestilence or any kind of plagues we can name of.
The flood in times of Noah, the plagues in times of Moses, the famines and wars in times of the kings and prophets.
Nothing is new in this world.

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 says,
History merely repeats itself.
It has all been done before.
Nothing under the sun is truly new.
Sometimes people say, "Here is something new!" But actually, it is old; nothing is ever truly new.

Bible tells us that there is always a season under heaven and we just have to be wise enough to respond to the season we are in.
We have to decide who will we hold on to, who will we turn to? and who will we count on to?

John 16:33 says,
In this world, we will have troubles but Jesus overcomes the world.

He is our help.

Psalm 121:1-2 says,
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made the heaven and earth.

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