Just got home from church... and I looked into the bags that we brought along with us. A kind lady gave me an off-shoulder top that sadly didn't fit her (hurrah~note sarcasm). Another amazing lady who just got back from her vacation in the Philippines also gave us some "pasalubong" or goodies. She handed us lots of sweets and a bag full of Nephelium lappaceum aka the rambutan. If you didn't know, rambutan is a tropical fruit that might look a bit scary on the outside because of its hairy, "wormy" and rough texture but in reality tastes like heaven! (Have you tasted heaven, yet?)
You know, life's but a rocky terrain we all walk through. In search of the top, we sometimes get frustrated and lose heart along the way. I mean, with all the hardships and dilemmas thrown at us, who wouldn't be tempted to give up, right? My friends, I've been through stages in life where the only thing I honestly wanted to do was to stop trying. I couldn't reach for the top that I honestly thought staying at the bottom will be a much better and "cooler" idea. The Christian life however, doesn't present life to us in that way...in that perspective.
This morning, the worship team sang a new song called "Build My Life" by Passion / Housefires. Its lyrics probably hit me hard that I'm still singing it in my mind at this very moment. Some of the key lyrics that I love are these: Show me who you are and fill me with your heart and lead me in Your love to those around me // And I will build my life upon your love it is a firm foundation. And I will put my trust in you alone Oh Lord and I will not be shaken. When I was singing to this very song, I truly felt that God was reminding me of something very important. Things such as not giving up too quickly, not building my foundation in something else rather than Him and the most important one is that in order for me to know Him, I have to search for & ask Him to reveal things that are beyond my ability to see especially during the tempting seasons in my life.
Trusting God during the hard times is (I admit) easier said than done but is nevertheless a great and rewarding experience for everyone who believes in the sovereignty of God and His work in our lives. Many times we will try to build our foundation on something else rather than Jesus, that if we fail at one point will all come crashing down on us. It may be money, temporary happiness, earthly treasures and the list goes on. The end of it though is that all of it has an end. Money won't last, jobs won't last and our lives won't last too. Everything is just a mist that comes and goes away. At this point, it's important to realize that it is only when we build our lives on Jesus & the assurance of His love that we obtain something that is eternal and truly never-ending. Then and only then can we taste the sweetness of the real treasure we have been digging into in our entire lifetime.
The next time you are thinking of giving up, don't. Continue building your life on Jesus. And for you who haven't yet figured out about who and what, always know that you've got another chance to rebuild your life, but this time you can build it in a solid and an unshakable foundation which is Jesus. Only He can fill the void, and it's when we open up our eyes in wonder that we can become satisfied knowing that if anything, His love is and will always be enough. Also, when it's becoming difficult to dig in deeper, remember the rambutan— it's always going to be rough on the outside, ain't it? But on the inside is where the real gem lies. After all, the main thing (Jesus) is to keep the main thing (Jesus) the main thing (Jesus).
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
...yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. - James 4:14
So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. - 2 Corinthians 4:18
Have an awesome Friday, friends!
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful to each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
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