There come certain points in my life when I crave solitude or prefer to do things on my own. These are precious times, I believe, yet I know, too, that one can only go so far by him/herself – – after all, God Himself said upon observing Adam, “it is not good for man to be alone.”
Through all these years of journeying with the Lord, I have seen again and again that truly, the ‘lone ranger Christian’ life is not only a myth, but an oxymoron. How else can the Great Commandment be lived out if not in the context of shared lives?
It’s been humbling how God has given me people — longtime friends, disciplers and discipleship groupmates, family most especially my dear husband — to share my ups and downs, bumps and smooth roads with. They have shared their journey with me, too, and what a privilege it has been to be a witness to how God has been at work in their lives!
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25)
may be the most important kind of question one can ask.
- Why am I doing what I’m doing?
- Why will I marry him\her?
- Why bother with people who hurt me?
- Why love?
- Why forgive?
- Why persist?
- Why surrender?
Finding the answers to my whys have made all the difference in my life. The funny thing is how I searched far and wide and let myself stumble and fall quite a number of times, before realizing the answers have been well within my reach all along.
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”
(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
(1 Corinthians 10:31)
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
I pray that you will find yours as well.
All around me I see pain. This season seems particularly odd, with physical infirmities, terminal diseases and deaths happening all around. People I care about, people I am acquainted with in some way, are crying, seeking prayers, seeking resources, grieving, holding on to dear life, fighting to save their beloved…
And then I turn on the news and watch the aftermath of landslides in Benguet and Cebu, an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. And I learn of killings, and our tumultuous national politics, and rising prices, and the poorest of the poor going hungry.
In the midst of all these, I am choosing to believe:
- God is sovereign.
- God is good.
- God is God.
In time, I will understand. But even when I still can’t, I will choose to worship and trust His Holy Name.
BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46:10)