Through Life's Sufferings

That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. – 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)

My son was recovering from his cold and despite the lingering coughs, my husband and I allowed him to go to their highschool’s play on Saturday night. Knowing that he was eager to see the art work he did for the Drama Deparment and he was bringing his 2 close friends. I asked him if he could invite them over a little early than the set time so the three of them could talk and just have a good time prior to watching the play and enjoy dinner together. I knew his friends since elementary. Nearing the departure from their highschools, my husband and I loved to see them keep their friendships more than ever. All of them were good kids who loved talking about politics, life’s challenges pertaining to their age, and as expected, the clash of opinions when they would not agree with each other. made them closer.

After the play, they went to a coffee shop and my son, never knowing the barista had put 2 tea bags, found out after drinking it. When he got home, he couldn’t sleep. He was literally watching the clock hour after hour. The fact that he was just recovering from his illness, he started feeling tired again that night. Until the morning, when my husband and I had to go for an appointment and still, our son remained awake. I felt sorry for him. Being a “night owl” as a nurse, I knew the feeling of sleep evading as if it wanted you to just keep chasing it. I reassured him. Once the caffeine’s effects waned, sleep would come. It did…I was relieved to see him on his bed, with eyes closed and not aware of what was going on. 

Finally,” I whispered to myself.

When he got up, I had food prepared as he missed his lunch…Then…I heard him choking up as he talked with his dad. As if a pent-up pressure was being released, he talked about the stressful homework from his AP classes. He said he was not complaining about having them because that was his choice to be in those advanced classes. He was just getting tired because the homework kept coming. And that was what his friends and him even talked about. Even on the weekends. My husband was quick to hug him. As I fought my own tears of hearing him not disclose what truly bothered him . Though we never lacked reminding him that his health was more important than his grades. That was why we enjoyed it when his friends and him would get together. We knew…he needed that break. Time to time. He looked energized after getting the coveted sleep for a few hours. As he ate a bowl of soup, he kept venting out. He knew he didn’t need to wait to graduate to see how college would be. He knew. He was already in a college level at this time. And the pressure was much more. 

Don’t allow this pressure to take over you. That’s why we remind you to take a break time to time.”

“Yes, Mom,” he quickly replied as he took a sip  of the warm broth.

Are you feeling better now that you were able to sleep?”

“Yes," as a little bit of crumbs from the toast fell on his plate.

After countless hugs and reassurance, we reminded him

Of the importance of coming to his father and this mother whenever he encounters life’s trial. Because it’s not always going to be a victory. It’s not always going to be a smooth road. It’s important that he doesn’t quit despite life’s pressures. We keep on fighting. We keep on moving forward but with steps that go against the flow of this world. We don’t listen to ill advices nor please others just to move ahead. We just focus on Jesus. The One Who never quit on us. The One Who gave His life on the cross so we could live.

He cleared his throat. A drop of tear dried up in the corner of his eye. Then, a smile appeared until a good laugh was released as the three of us recalled a funny moment. My husband and I looked at each other. We knew…He would be okay. We knew the two of us would be okay. Because of Him. Jesus. 

"For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst." – Matthew 18:20 (NASB)

The One Who keeps reminding the two of us through sufferings and trials that we are given His joy. His gift that goes far beyond being “happy.” Joy that is within. Not based from outward circumstances. Joy that we can share with our dear child. Even when we are all sailing through a storm. For He is there...going through tough times. With us...Thank You Jesus!

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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].