Are We Listening?

I was upset…to see a young man who worked as a server in that favorite restaurant my friend and I frequented. This place offered healthy options in their menu. Taking advantage of a beautiful Sunday, I picked up my friend and took her there to make her forget her worries. Even for a few hours. I knew she always enjoyed the drive. As I always took the scenic drive by the beaches. Until I made that familiar turn in that corner where the restaurant was. We were both surprised to see a few parking spots that were usually filled and hard to get on weekdays.

“There’s no one here? No!!!” my friend uttered, not believing the calmness and the small throng of eaters outside that were usually busy and all tables occupied.

healthier quesadilla

the chocolate shake I had
Sipping the remaining delicious chocolate shake I ordered with my food, he walked by and I tried catching his attention.

“Excuse me!” 

“Would it be okay for my friend to get a refill of your passion iced tea?” I specifically asked as my friend requested for me to do so as she needed to do something.

“No problem,” was his quick response, with his steps barely stopping and not wanting to stop by our table it seemed.

Few minutes went by. My friend came back to the table.

“Aww…You didn’t ask for my tea?”

“Of course, I did. But I don’t know what’s taking him a long time,” I replied.

My eyes began to wander. I saw him. The curly haired young man who said there was no problem getting the refill. He never came back. He started taking orders until the line became busy which was not there yet when I asked him.

“He’s right there!” I pointed to my friend, my index finger pointing at his direction. But the finger he wouldn’t be able to see as he wasn’t looking at our direction.

“That’s okay,” my friend said. As she quickly got up, holding her empty frosted glass and went by the cash register where he was. Still…No one was acknowledging her presence. 

Usually, I wouldn’t be upset knowing how busy that place could be. But at that moment, I knew I was feeling the treatment those servers were giving my friend. They were not paying attention. It seemed that guy didn’t even listen to me. Until I saw another young man asked my friend what she needed. And saw him gave her a fresh glass of the iced tea. It was quick…Because he listened

I turned on the car’s engine and let go of that imminent dangerous “anger”. I wouldn’t let myself ruin this beautiful day. How grateful I was that my friend and I had that wonderful dinner together. Despite the mishap with the service. Suddenly, we were both enjoying the beautiful sunset. I heard the fast wheels of the bikers that came close. The cars stopping by the 4-way stops. The mild coming and going of the ocean waves. I didn’t notice that earlier as I was concentrating on my driving. But at that time, the more I enjoyed the scenery. Because my ears heard…as I paid attention…

the beautiful sunset I would have missed if I didn't pay attention...

ahhh...the cars...people...houses by the beach...the blue waters...

“Thank you so much,” a soft whisper my friend gave to me. But so audible because I was listening…

“You’re always welcome…”

Lots of times, I struggle with many trials. Wondering why God seems far away when I need Him the most. I question, too if He truly listens to my prayers…Then again, can it be me? Who doesn’t listen to what He is trying to tell me? I am busy looking and hearing what goes on with each storm that comes by in my life. Instead of paying attention, trying to listen to His Word that usually guides, comforts, strengthens, and encourages? Or maybe I am too busy to find my own solutions, using my own strength instead of letting Him show me the way to avoid a disaster, or to see the light in those dark areas, or His truth leading me out of the lies I grew up believing?

How about you? Are you and I listening to Him?

"Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”- John 8:47

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.- Proverbs 2:1-5

For God speaks in one way, and in two, though man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds. - Job 33:14-15

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10

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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].