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The Art of Continuation

10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Matthew 14:10-14

Has there been a day in your life that you are very sad and you just want to be alone? Same here. I have those days too. Those days that I just want to be in my room and don’t want to talk to anyone. And you know what, Jesus has the same experience.

It happened when John the Baptist died. The disciples let Jesus know what happened and as per verse 13, you can see what he did, he went somewhere else alone. The word used was withdrew so I can imagine Him walking out from so many people because He felt the heaviness inside. At this point, since He was a man, He also felt the hurt, that depressing feeling when He lost someone important to Him. Remember, John was a relative and at the same time someone who baptize Him on water. They built a certain connection. But just like everybody else’s day, it will not stop there. Time will not stop when you are sad. If you have a job to do you will still need to get up and show up at work. Well, that’s what happened to Him. Despite the bad day, people still followed Him. And the good thing about Him, He had compassion on them. He saw their need of Him even in His trying time so He still healed them.

What I learned in this passage is one, Jesus also took time to recognize how He felt. He still responded by trying to be alone. He didn’t ignore His feelings He still took time to process it. Two, despite all the pain, He still continued healing people. You see, this is not a simple pain. Someone important to Him died. And can you imagine how much pain He was bearing at that time but still manage to continue?

I actually wonder since it’s not written on the scripture. What did He do during that time alone. How come He could continue with compassion? As I read most of the times Jesus was alone, He was always praying or talking to the Father. And I think, during His quick time alone, that’s what He did and that’s where He got the courage to continue and have compassion in serving people.

This is a good illustration, don’t you think? As we always aim to be like Jesus, we can also see the similarity of our situations with Him. This is giving us hope to continue and be more like Him.

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Waiting is not an Assurance

Many people waited for something they were so determined to have. Maybe some are waiting for their chances at work, for someone or maybe in life. Remember, waiting is not a guarantee that you will have what you are waiting for. Maybe this is a time you should start working on it, praying for it or walking out of it. Sometimes we are just too persistent, thinking when we wait for it, we’ll surely have it. Assurance needs an affirmation, an answer that promises you that you will get it. Waiting is not like that. It doesn’t give you an affirmation but it gives you hope.

Do not misunderstand waiting. It is but a choice. If ever you made one, make sure that you will not use it as an I.D. that makes you qualified right away, or something you are holding on, giving you a guarantee that you will get whatever it is in the end. It’s not like that. This is not to discourage you but to give you a bit of reality. Waiting is a decision that even though you are not sure of it, you’re going to do it because you believe on it. But be ready to the answer when the waiting is over, it may be yes, no or even wait a little more. 

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Covid-19, What Did You Do to Us?

Covid-19 has been very known to everyone today. It is called “pandemic” because it is widespread all over the world. It even caused lock down of cities and countries.

But does this just give us virus, sickness or deaths?

When this was brought to our attention, we knew that this originated from China. It started racial discrimination. A lot of people blamed it to Chinese people or think every Chinese has Covid-19. Later on, not just Chinese people are affected but Asians generally. It also brought shame to us. I remember one of the patients who resulted positive ran away from the hospital, feeling so ashamed of her situation. She thought of what people might think instead of thinking how she will be able to recover. Fear also dominated people. Fear of having the virus, fear of dying, fear of the possibility that the virus might mutate, fear of the extension of lock down, fear of lacking, fear of joblessness and fear of the future itself. We fear that this might cause us damages that we cannot bear. Who wouldn’t be afraid anyway? This is worldwide problem right now. And in the Philippines, (or maybe in other countries too), it created political divisions, debates of better governance, strikes to oust the president and other government issues.

But do you really think this is just about Covid-19? NO. This is about the issues of our hearts. What are you thinking? Are you anxious about the future or the virus, are you angry to the government or to Chinese people? This is not about them, this is about you and how you responded to this crisis. Are you posting online about your political views, racism, fears and doubts? How you responded to all these issues, answers what did Covid-19 did to you. How you responded declares what’s the very issues of your heart. Is it anxiety, racism, shame, death or panic?

I encourage everyone to stop and reflect. Stop posting online and listen carefully. Stop and pray. Do you know why this quarantine is essential? Because it gives us time to pause. Time to pause from being busy about everything. It’s time to stop and appreciate. Stop and realize.

Can’t you see, this also brought us something good? The environment is recuperating while on lock down — less pollution, you were able to enjoy time with your family and attend things at home, and you were able to spend time with yourself and find out new things to do.

I know, this is a difficult time. And that’s the reason why we don’t need any division. This is the time for us to help each other. Let us not bring each other down but bring each other up. Let us encourage one another to ease the anxiety and fear. Let us cooperate with the government so that the lock down will not extend. Let us calm our hearts to respond with peace, love, gratefulness and courage. This is how we fight Covid-19.

And remember, this too shall pass. Nothing is permanent in this world. Even pandemic.

Rise up courageous warriors. ❤️

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. — Isaiah 43:2

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