PAMPANGA

Lacson: Proverbs 3:5-6

Providentia

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not into your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

OFTENTIMES, when we are faced with difficult moments in our lives, we begin to lose hope and even sense in everything we do. We also begin to cast doubt on the very purpose of what is happening to us, and also reach a point when we want to give up and stop trying. Worst, we begin to question God's intentions and feel that we do not deserve all the pain, hurt, and sufferings that we are going through. It's as though we are walking down a very long tunnel and the light at the end of it seems unreachable.

It is true that when God closes a door, he opens a window, another opportunity for us to grow and improve our lives. In many instances, we do not see this right away and this drives us to think that God gave us challenges that we can't surpass and overcome. We only see the bad side, the miseries that we are agonizing about that we forget and miss to see the good things that God continues to give us. It is only when we see someone who is fighting for dear life for example, that we begin to cherish the fact that we are healthy and without any illness. It is only when we see other people missing their loved ones who have passed away that we treasure our family which is still complete. It is only when we see others hungry that we begin to feel lucky of the food on our tables. We often look for what is missing in our lives that we do not see what God has already given to us.

Amidst all life's hammerings, we should not forget that God is with us, and has a reason for giving us the trials that we are experiencing. We should look all around us and embrace God's unconditional love. God has blessed us with many things, those that are not seen like material things, but things that are felt by the heart. We must be grateful for the love and of our parents who never stops to reach out and help us in our times of need. We must be thankful for the lives that God has entrusted us, such as giving us children that we must protect and nurture to the best way that we can. Our children are the reason for us to continue fighting and hold on, to never give up. We should remain grateful for our partners that God has blessed us with, because he gave us someone whom we can be with in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. We should rejoice for the true friends whom we can depend on and at least serve as shoulders to cry on during the lowest points in our lives. There are still a lot of things that we must be thankful about, and that alone should make us feel loved and cared for by God.

Whatever it is that we are going through and amidst all our shortcomings and indifferences, let this very famous proverb become our stronghold. Let us not forget that we must cast all our burdens to Him, because He will never forsake us.


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