Blog Banners.001I really wanted to get a Matchbox. Not the one that starts a fire but one that was similar to Hotwheels (the toy car).

I was in Grade 1 and we were on our way to Baguio. Those days, imported goods such as Matchboxes were only available in stores where they sell PX Goods (Philippine Exchange). This blog will date me as Jurassic but I do have a point.

My uncle promised me that when we get to Dau (Pampanga), he would get me one. I was excited, thrilled and so looking forward to playing with my anticipated gift. I was sitting in the backseat of our green Toyota Corolla smiling. Dreaming of what I would be doing with the yellow, Corvette I was going to receive.

We got to Dau. Everyone bought they needed to buy, visited the rest room, jumped back into the car. In a few minutes we were on route to Baguio. I sat in the backseat toyless, depressed and dejected. Long story short, my uncle forgot.

I didn’t enjoy the whole time we were in Baguio to say the least. I was hallucinating on the thought of playing with what could’ve been my Hotwheels. I could almost feel the wheels run through my fingers. But all those thoughts remained as thoughts. It never turned into reality.

At the end of Joshua’s life, he reminisces on all that God released as a promise for him and for the nation God was building. He recounted every single one of them, concluding with this declaration:

“Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” (Joshua 21:45)

Our God is also our Heavenly Father. As such, He desires what is best for His kids. The promises He released for each and everyone of us are as good as done. The only issue is timing. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity in heaven. (Ecc. 3:1) Our thoughts are not His thoughts. Our ways are not like His ways. And our timing may not necessarily the same as our timing.

But this is what we are sure about: God is a Promise Keeper!
What He says, He does.

As you begin this week, may this be the prayer of your heart:

Lord, thank you that I can trust in Your timing. Because You are a Promise Keeper, what You say, You will do. My only prayer is that I will accept the timing of the events You are orchestrating for You are able to cause all things to work together for my good and ultimately for Your glory. May this week be a week to express to You my trust that whatever happens, I am right in the palm of Your hands. You will never leave nor forsake. IN JESUS’ NAME. AMEN.


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There are a lot of things I didn’t understand before yet I finally did some time after.

When my mom used to say, “I’m disciplining you now because you’ll appreciate it later.”
When my basketball coach said, “Practice these drills daily and you’ll get better.”
When my small group leader said, “Honor your dad… period.”

Aside from this, there are many things that happen in my life that I didn’t see God’s hand at work but had me astonished in the end because I didn’t see it coming.

… when my parents broke up before my first birthday.
… when my mom lost the battle to cancer when I was 19 and left me practically “orphaned”.
… when I lost money on a wrong investment.
… when my youngest son had 2 cysts in his brain.

But behind the scenes I didn’t realize God was working something out. God is a turn around specialist who is able to cause all things to work for my good and ultimately for His glory. ALL THINGS. Not just some or a few but all. And this includes the good and the bad.

Because I grew up in a single parent home, God gave me a greater compassion to minister to the next generation when I became a children’s ministry pastor.
Because I was practically orphaned at 19, I had to grow up really quick to take care of my younger brother which stretched my faith to believe God for greater things now that I am married.
Because I lost money on a wrong investment, I know better what Proverbs 13:11 means. (“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.”)
Because my son went through what he went through, we saw the hand of God work out a miracle in his life and in ours.

Jesus said, “You do not realize now what I am doing,
but later you will understand.” (John 13:7)

This is a truth packed verse.

There are a lot of things in life we don’t see for we only get the benefit of the now. But God who is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last sees the end from the beginning.

By this truth, I am assured, comforted and confident.


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