Detoured


      “Everything has its reason”. When  our human capacity for understanding is exhausted then we can always say “Only God knows.” 

      I can still remember how I felt many years ago when I marched the stage on my college graduation. It was victorious and bitter-sweet, sharing the same proud moment with my batchmates. I was filled with dreams, and my mind was overwhelmed at the thought of finally getting a taste of the real thing called life. True to what I envisioned myself I belonged to the corporate world for years at the same time my life happened. Marriage, motherhood, career all came in a frenzy. All did not come easy. There were trying moments but my faith carried me through it all. Turning point came when a door was opened for Hubs to work and eventually apply to migrate in Canada. I was left to raise our then toddler son, physically that is. I became a full time mom for a couple years then went back in the workforce. I was quite getting settled in my new career when our immigration application was approved. This time a major life event took place, we moved our little family to a foreign land. In a way it was not a surprise since we asked and prayed for it. But the feeling when you finally have something you asked for is kind of surreal, unexplainable. Fear somehow creeps in. 

      Nine months after we first came here, I’m still in the business of trying to fit in, belong and finding myself amidst the promise of countless opportunities that await. The only thing that I hold on to is the loving support of my hubs and son and my faith that God will lead me to the path that I envisioned myself to be in, no matter how many detours. 

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      Life’s Steward

      Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
      Life is a beauty, admire it.
      Life is a dream, realize it.
      Life is a challenge, meet it
      Life is a duty, complete it.
      Life is a game, play it.
      Life is a promise, fulfill it.
      Life is sorrow, overcome it.
      Life is a song, sing it.
      Life is a struggle, accept it.
      Life is a tragedy, confront it.
      Life is an adventure, dare it.
      Life is luck, make it.
      Life is life, fight for it!
       
      — Mother Teresa
       
       
      Coming across with this poem had me ponder on the very intent and purpose of my life. I think all would agree that all of us are given our own missions to fulfill. It may not be a great feat such as becoming a person of influence to a mass of people, but even just becoming a kind stranger to someone is already something that God wanted us to do. In my part, I am still in the very process of embodying it, I have not yet fully embraced the idea it tries to convey to me. One thing is clear: life is not just sunshine, but thunderstorms as well. Trials and challenges are there to bring out our grace under pressure, and they are necessary for our growth. Going through it, we must not forget God that listens to our unspoken cries, He knows whats in our hearts, and stands by us always.