Shepherd Of The Storm

“No one is here today,” uttered the lady in the counter. My husband and I both breathed a sigh of desperation. He accompanied me to EEOC to ask the lady who took my case and instead of calling me back to answer my challenging questions in response to what my employer’s excuse of demoting me, she closed my case. After almost 2 years of waiting for their help…Closed…Just like that…Without mentioning the other instances when discriminatory statements and actions were also done and with evidences I had submitted.

My shoulders must be droopy and my face must have shown it, my husband gave me a hug as I opened the car doors inside the parking lot. 

“It’s gonna’ be okay,” he reassured me.

“Really, I’m not worried. I am more upset with the fact that people don’t do what they need to do.”

My husband knew…as we faced this storm 2 years ago, it was God and still is God Who calms this storm in our lives. 

The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.-Psalm 23:1,2 (NLT)

“She closed your case, you can’t even sue outside,” were the last words this lady in the counter added. I was reading disbelief in her face though she was trying not to be obvious. I understood. She was not supposed to say anything against her co-workers.

“Do you remember that restaurant we frequently visited long time ago?” I asked my husband as I moved the car forward.

“I was thinking the same thing…It’s actually close here. Wanna’ have lunch there and get something for Kristian (our son)?”

We enjoyed lunch that day. Forgetting the storm that had been trying to cause ruins in my heart.  Storms that never really caused true havoc as God has been the Strong Tower that sheltered us. Upon arrival at the valleys where we lived, I saw the beautiful flowers sprouting in different places, along the roadside. The sun was shining brightly despite the early morning shower that teased the dry earth. 

I thanked God for this storm. Because this storm and no matter what storm comes, it is an opportunity indeed to be driven to Him more. Because of His love, grace, and mercy, nothing in this world can ever take away the confidence I have in His faithful love and care. He provides. He gives me that hope that even if everything is taken away from me, I still have Him. Because His hold on me and to those who trust in Him never lets go. He never allows His children to fall so deep that He is not able to reach out and save them.
I searched the EEOC website. I found out   He showed me that someone could try to talk to the Office Director if that someone didn’t agree with the decision. I felt the storm subsided a little. There was hope. Peeking still at the door that was closed. But I had peace…Knowing that in this valley, even if a road I was walking on was closed, He surely would give me another way. 

So I (and you) who trust in the Lord, will get to the mountaintop. 

Shepherd of the Storm(

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.-Psalm 23:4-6 (NLT)
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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]

Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.

Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.

All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.

When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.

The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.

When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

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We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14

Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].

Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.

Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.

Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].