February 22, 2013 | Starbucks-Las Piñas
God is my Refuge
February 20 was Day 251 of my journey as a full-time church worker. I was only able to process things two days after that incident.
I was not the snatcher’s (or robber’s) target, but there came in me the desire to save somebody’s life at my expense. Was it out of instinct? Perhaps? I threw two punches at the culprit, but what can I do against a sharp object? I was sure I was slightly hit, but it turned it out to be a very small scratch on the left side of my tummy. I struck my heel against the curb on the guy’s second swing of his knife, then he ran off.
No one came to my rescue. Helpless as I was, he could have attacked me using his “semi-sharp” knife with all his might while I was on the side of the road. But he didn’t. He ran off… Why? People were apathetic. They, as if, didn’t care to intervene.
But God came. He was right there at the very instance, backed up by His own gang of angels!
It wasn’t my strength; God’s strength prevailed. He remembered His promise… His covenant with me in Psalm 91 (my very first devotion as a full-time church worker). I wore a black belt almost 100% of the time that I’m outside the house… But it was made of leather, not that of a martial artist.
As my stress sunk in and the thoughts of dying replayed in my head that night, somehow a deep sense of peace came over me when I cried out to God! All I could muster was “thank You”. And again, I say: “Thank You so much, Lord!”
With my latest learning and teachings on intimacy with God, on holiness, and his spiritual blessings… What is the Lord teaching me now?
This life I live isn’t mine. It was bought with such a high price. I was purchased and moved from death to life through the blood of the Beloved. Therefore, I must make it count. I need to live each day as if it’s my last. I need to teach God’s Word well. I have to know Him more and make Him known wherever He brings me for the sake of Christ!
But what greater comfort can I get from Jesus Himself? The Great Commission was closed with a promise of His presence – that He is with me until the end of the age! What assurance! What comfort! Such love!
Thank You so much, my Jesus! To You, I lay down all the days of my life.
As I end this brief journal entry, I recount what God said in Psalm 91:14-16:
” Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”