Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it. -Richard Grant
The truth is we have only one life to live. But there is not one way to live a life. We make our choices because we have a God-given free will. And yes we have free will but we will still be accountable for how we use it. This year 2017 as it almost closes, a good reflection would be how did we use our free will?
With this said, I don’t mean to add up another weighty toll to reminisce the days passed in this year. Sometimes we don’t take time to reflect because we would have not wanted to remember our failures, troubles and heartaches in a year. But that would not be fair because if we have to really recount everything, there would have been more blessings than we have noticed, only when we really intend to take time and be thankful in all circumstance.
My Christmas holidays did not go as planned and the same actually happened to my whole year. This year I switch to a different company, job and home address. A big bulk of stress went along with it as goes with the changes in environment, culture and people I interact with. Add to that expectations that were not met, plans which did not happen, and desired dreams remain unfulfilled. I was enthusiastic to finally plan my Christmas holidays together with my family in my home island. Then a typhoon buffeted the island which left me stranded and unimpressed I even got sick with a flu. On Christmas eve, there was no awesome laughter nor sumptuous Noche Buena but just me struggling to breathe fighting fever and flu in the company of another family who adopted and welcomed me in a way to spend Christmas with. The Christmas morn came and I felt cold while my body temperature was shooting up. Away from own family and home, I felt my struggle was endless and I was forsaken.
Finding will and courage, I hanged on and prayed and I overcame the fever. I saw the sun came up the day after Christmas and as I walked by the beach looking for my full recovery, I saw many starfish that I could brush up again poetry… ” Some stars twinkle up in the night sky, some stars sparkle on top of Christmas trees, but some stars I found with my head bowed down, lay quiet in the sea…”
It was not the Christmas nor the year 2017, I could have wanted but nevertheless, God remain faithful because He is Immanuel. “IMMANUEL” in Isaiah 7:14, means God is with us. Good to know such truth wherever we spend Christmas holidays, whoever we spend it with and whatever we have. Nothing else matters but all that matters is Immanuel! And if our God is with us, what can stand against us…
And if our God is with us, what else matters…
To Alpha and Omega, To God be the Glory this 2017. Amen.