I missed writing for almost two weeks now, so I’d like to give you a clearer glimpse of what the Lord has been doing during that span of time. I could honestly say that it was quite a tough “ride”, but all the events — when put together — could only point towards a profound truth: what God started, He’ll sustain, and He’ll complete.
March 24, 2012. I was at Maria Montessori Foundation in Ayala Alabang when this photo was taken, and was granted the privilege to facilitate their teachers’ recollection. These people were “non-Catholic” staff (both teaching and non-teaching) and belonged to various denominations (i.e. Baptist, Pentecostal, Iglesia ni Cristo, etc.). When I received the invitation, I was so in doubt about my capability. I wrestled with the thought for some time, but when God gradually broke my doubt and pride, I knew this was the Lord’s assignment for me. The Lord was so gracious to me from the preparation process until the day I met with this wonderful set of people.
As I spoke to these guys, all I could feel was the joy of seeing them be transparent, vulnerable, and so much in need of God. Just… “WOW”! The 4- to 5-hour session that we had was just overwhelming, and I am so excited to hear more about the impact that they’re causing in the lives of the next generation (their students) and to the co-teachers they work with.
March 31, 2012. Exactly a week after my time at Maria Montessori Foundation, I got to be with the people from GCF Ortigas Youth L.I.V.E. (Living in View of Eternity) on their “Worship Project”. Roughly 30 minutes before the event started, the team/band and I had a brief time to be still before the Lord in prayer and in meditating on God’s Word (focusing on Nehemiah 6:1-4). For some reason,we agreed that it was a season of “rebuilding” for most of us, particularly in the ministry we have been called to. Truly, God’s Word is living and active. It was so refreshing to spend a moment with their worship team even prior the start of the service.
(*Disclaimer: Pardon my look in this photo. Haha!)
Then, the service started by allotting more time in the reading of psalms and in personal prayer. This is needed. Well, I believe every church needs a time like this — where people would step on the “brakes” and remain still in His presence. It’s a reminder that we have to lessen on the “church activities”, if necessary. Instead, we should prioritize our time with the Person behind our “church activities” before we do anything else.
After that, the Lord opened an opportunity for me to preach His Word to their youth group. We dug deep into 1 John 1:1-4 and 2:1-6, making it a solid foundation as to who, why, and how we ought to worship God. It really is a delight to see young people respond so passionately to God’s Word. I was awestruck! Eventually, we ended our time together by leading to this conclusion: People who live in view of eternity are people who live a life(-style) of worship. Those who live a life(-style) of worship are those who walk as Jesus walked. (cf. 1 John 2:6)
Basically, these are the things that transpired during the past couple of days.
I wish I could share in further detail what God has been teaching me in this “faith stretching” season, but my time for now is up. I will put things into writing at the appointed time. (Hopefully soon!)
All I want to emphasize at this point is the fact that God completes what He has started in you. He’ll do whatever it takes to show His glory and to let you know that He’s after what is good for us.
Therefore, let’s take heart and let’s press on!