HOW I CAME TO KNOW GOD
Losing a job is not easy especially for a single mother like me. However, losing my job was the only way for me to get closer to God. Have I not lose my job, I would not be able to know God up close and personal. Some people actually resigned from their job to serve Him. Sometimes I would think that I was chosen by God and it’s my destiny to serve Him. We can also serve Him everyday, however we would not be able to know Him better, if we do not have time to read the Bible. Before, reading the Bible was a burden for me and I know most people have the same feeling as I was before. Remember Satan does not understand the Scripture. Therefore, if you are still not interested in reading the words of God, you are still of the world. Satan is of this world and is deceiving people since he was cast down to earth so he can bring these people to his eternal damnation where he belongs -Hell. If you read the Bible and understand it, it will transform you: your belief and outlook in life as a whole.
MY GRATITUDE WITH GOD
It’s only now that I realized, God had taken care of me all the time. Imagined I never expected to have a child – a child, who I can be proud of. I know my uterus was introverted when I had a checked up with an Ob-Gynecologist during the time I was married for 5 years and did not bear any child at all. I got pregnant at age 39 with a different man. I was on a caesarian operation when I delivered my child. During that time, I was on maternity leave and didn’t have enough money for the operation. The maternity clinic where I had an operation, as a policy, does not accept patient who never had any records with them. I was really lucky to have been accepted by the maternity clinic. It’s only now that I realized, it was not luck, but a help from God.
I had worked for 12 years in a hotel which became my second home. There I met friends and whom my relationships are getting stronger each passing year. They are friends indeed, and still are close friends until now. It’s very rare that you can find real friends. And again, God blessed me with real friends. I enjoyed working in the hotel, because I love the people who I worked with. However changes were unexpected. There were a lot of things happening and things went against me and the reason for my resignation. I received some good amount of money when I resigned which had helped pay some of my debts and shared some to my mother. I also used some to get a call center training and for applying a job. Luckily after two months, I was able to get a call center job. I was on and off the call center job; however during the time I was jobless God still sustained our daily needs. To add more to the graces of God to me and my family, was when my mother died. We didn’t have money for the expenses on funeral and the burial. There were lots of people who attended the wake which lasted 7 days. We also have to pay those caregivers of my mother when she was still alive and was still assisting us, during the wake. However, God provided it all. In fact, there were excess money which we used for her 40 days and payment for electric and water bill which was really huge. What was more surprising was that, during those times nobody at home had a job. My sister, who was working abroad had arrived November of the past year, had no more money when my mother died the next year. I, in fact resigned because of my mother’s death. Now, I am jobless again but, still God provided all our needs by using my sister who was working abroad to supply our needs. My sister old already old at 55 and was sickly. God took care of her health and job because He knows we were dependent on her for our needs. At first, I was desperate to get another job and felt so dismayed not getting it. However, I am now at peace, not bothered of anything like fear or worries, because I believe God is with me all the time. I know and trust that God has something greater for me and am patiently waiting for it. I am so grateful for all the graces and love, God is giving me.
I also had experienced some miracle that I would like to share. It was a near accident which happened twice. While I was on my way home on a bus, I saw a red car traveling fast and a truck opposite our direction. I was near the driver seat and the bus was driving fast as well. I closed my eyes and whispered the word” God save us”. The red car zipped between the bus I was on, and the truck. The car exacted the space between the bus and the truck. It was amazing! There was another one along the South Superhighway. The driver lost its brake. It’s good when it happened there were no vehicles passing by. The driver pulled the jeep on the right shoulder, however while the driver was trying to pull it, there was another jeep that we would come crossed with. Again, I closed my eyes and uttered the magic word” Jesus save us”. The driver was able to pull it without hitting the other jeep. When we reached the right shoulder, vehicles started passing by very fast. God had again saved me. Amazing!
OUR WORLD TODAY
Sometimes I would think I was given the Power of Discernment. About 15 years ago, I went to a popular book store. It was Valentine’s week and there were valentine’s decorations all over malls: small and big. In that bookstore, there were decorations of 2 cupids facing a heart at the middle, of course, in red color-if you look at it with the naked eye. However, I can’t seem to understand why it looks like a skull for me. I closed my eyes and stared at it again and still saw the same thing. Same thing happened when I and my friends visited the Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan. We bought some stuff, like pictures, frames, rosaries, oil and the like. As soon as I arrived home, I checked the frame with the image of the Lady of Manaoag, which I bought. To my surprised, when I looked at the crown at a different angle, I was seeing a skull. In fact, I showed it to one of my friend and she saw the same thing. Don’t you think that signs and symbols in our environment have an effect on one’s personality or character? I can say “YES”. I was born in the 50’s and I noticed that each passing decade a new trend comes up which makes people’s attitude to become worst. You will notice changes in music, languages, fashion, electronics, etc and the environment as a whole. A lot of teenagers today are proud to wear shirts with pictures of skull, demon like faces or with nasty, cocky words. They use sign languages which they think are “in “however are signs and symbols of the devil. Look at the famous and popular performers specially group musicians: they create songs that are lewd, worldly songs (talks about power of money, beauty, fame, frustrations, depression, sorrows, etc), used a lot of heavy metals, they shout, take out their shirts while performing. Many people specially teenagers, follow them and admire them. If you just notice most young people of today are impolite and are very gross in manners of speaking. One of the most wickedness of man today which has been widespread is same sex relation. Same sex relation is spread all over the world. This is a lie and a deception from the devil, because God did not create them. Look at these words of God in Romans 1:27 in the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
However, some people would give justifications on their situations. It might be unfair for these people, but God has the power to change people. Is there anything hard for God? If you are a believer, hard thing for God does not exist at all. He is an all powerful being whose power is unimaginable. The devil loves destruction, noise, ugliness, lewdness and everything that gives pleasure in this world. Don’t you think they are representing the evil unwittingly? I think so, because have they read the words of God, they would have the fear to do it, and will aspire for transformation. I therefore conclude, that with the worldwide spread of signs and symbols of Satan (which includes the images of idols), man has become nearer and more like the devil and the reason man has disregarded the words of God and has turned away from God. Look at these words from the Bible- 2 Tim 3: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 but they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
There are a lot of religion all over the world that did not come from God. Filipinos claimed to be Christian; however their practices and beliefs are of the pagans. These I observed in the Roman Catholic and used to be my religion.
MY WEIRD EXPERIENCE
I had a strange experienced that I want to share. I used to go home early morning when I was working in the hotel. My office mates and our boss were fond of drinking after work. Sometimes we would do it outside the hotel, or in one of the room in the hotel. So, normally I would arrive home late night or midnight. Our house is very far from my workplace and it takes more than an hour travel time without traffic. I have to walk half kilometer from the highway going to our house. One night, I got to our place past 2 AM. I was surprised when none of the dog seemed to see me as I passed by. Going home at wee hours is dangerous; however I seemed to be quite protected by some sort. There were lots of dogs along the way from the highway, however they were quiet and seemed not seeing me passing by. It was really an amazing weird experience I cannot forget! I think one of the angels of God was with me. Amazing!