An Out-of-Town Date with the Lord

At this crucial phase of my waiting season, I had the opportunity to spend a brief time to have a date with the Lord the day after my disciple’s beach wedding at Laiya, Batangas.

I enjoyed the scene, the fresh breeze, and the calmness that the sea brings forth as I sought the Lord early that morning.  He heard me, and He answered my cry by bringing me back to who He really is.  Here’s the part of Scriptures that totally pierced the very core of my being.  And, I would just like to share it with you. May His Word minister to you as well.

“At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.
“Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
“And now no one looks on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”
— Job 37 (ESV)

Wonderful. Beautiful. Glorious. Matchless.

A week of “busy-ness” was it. Yet now, I’m not here to tell you how fruitful my week has become, but to tell you of the God we could take refuge in. Here’s a song that has spoken to my heart this entire morning as I took time to “recharge” in His presence.  It is not a new song for some, but it was a timely reminder in my current time and season. And, that may be the same for you.

I confess that I was all-the-more in tears as I listened to this song after reading my bible, knowing full well that I had to release the burden that I carry to our Lord — the One who controls and sustains all things. Call me “emotional”, but it’s just me being transparent before the Lord. Besides, He knows our every detail, hence no reason for pretense.

It’s an 11-minute video.  It’s not that long, so I hope you’d take this opportunity to pause — it could mean letting go of your phones for a bit, putting down your pen, leaving your workspace for a moment, or simply setting aside the rest of that things that pre-occupy you.

I personally do not know what’s going on in your life, but I pray that you’d take refuge in our Lord — the only God who is wonderful, beautiful, glorious, and matchless in every way!

Here in Your Presence

Verse:

Found in Your hands, fullness of joy
Every fear suddenly wiped away here in Your presence
All of my gains now fade away
Every crown no longer on display, here in Your presence
Heaven is trembling in awe of Your wonders
The kings and their kingdoms are standing amazed

Chorus:
Here in Your presence, we are undone
Here in Your presence, heaven and earth become one
Here in Your presence, all things are new
Here in Your presence, everything bows before You

Bridge:
Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way!
Wonderful, beautiful, glorious, matchless in every way!

How do you “Recharge”?

Monday and Wednesday.  I got to meet two different people who work extra hours at their office to meet their respective quotas each month.   They confided about their difficulty to be placed in front of a desktop computer for about ten to twelve hours per day.  And sadly, they run the same routine for the rest of the week.  By week, I mean, for an entire seven days. The only time you could rest is when you choose to absent yourself or when you file a vacation leave.  The office knows no holidays as well.

I gasped, sighed, and exclaimed: “Whoa, that’s just too much!”  (Of course, I said that part in Tagalog.)

As time ticked, I could only offer a listening ear to these two people.  I was there to hear them out about their frustrations and struggles, particularly in the area of work.  Afterwards, words and questions like: “burn out”, “it’s a routine”, “Am I really meant for this job?” began to surface. I’m sure you could tell more in this line of thought, if you put yourself in their shoes.

Being their Kuya and mentor (and while praying to seek the Lord’s wisdom as they were sharing) I replied this way: “It’s either you find a wise way to ‘recharge’, or you ask the Lord to open a new job for you.  What you’re into is really not healthy.”  I’m not a business expert whatsoever, but hey, I just want to give my two cents about their predicament.

And one of them responded by asking in return: “How do you recharge? What do you on your ‘me’ time?”

Now, that’s a crucial question not only for me, but also for everyone living in this fast-paced world. It is certain that being ‘spent’ would imply a breakdown not just only in the area of work, but consequently in all the aspects of one’s life. Family. Your relationship with God.  Physical and emotional health.  Name it.

In my case, this is how I “recharge”.  Please don’t judge me, okay? (Thank you!)

By God’s grace, I regularly spend my Monday afternoons to just take the Lord on a “date”.  Either in a quiet coffee shop or in the privacy of my home, I spend about four to five hours to be in the presence of my King and Savior. Then, during the remaining days of the week, I spend at least an hour to read my Bible and to pray either in the morning or in the evening.

Okay, hold on for a second! I’m not here to point out that I’m holy!  Again, please don’t judge me. This clearly isn’t a formula too, nor I’d say I’ve perfected this habit of mine.  It takes much discipline and commitment as well.  Though, to be honest, this way of “recharging” has been helping me since I decided to take on this challenge two years ago.

On a more serious note, what I’m sharing here is mainly how the Lord reminded me that resting on Him is necessary for me to survive life’s challenges.  I need to rest on Him for me to be reminded that God is larger than life.   He should be my first, and everything else should fall second.  I need to set aside the “Martha” in me, and choose to become a “Mary”, who chose what was better (cf. Luke 10:38-42).  I need His daily dose grace to press on, and for me to become more of who God wants me to be – a disciple who prioritizes God’s priorities.

This is just my part of the story, so I threw the same question back to my two mentees as their “assignment” to really think and pray about.

I guess it won’t be a harm to ask you, as well.

How do you “recharge”?

Contemplate about it deeply, and just be honest.  Your decision to “recharge” might just save you from a lot of trouble and heartache.