|My Beloved Church|
Have you ever heard of a news na nanakawan ang isang simbahan? I’m quite sure you did. Grabe no? Walang patawad, pati simbahan. That’s insanity! I couldn’t fathom what in the world would force them to do such heinous act.
Eh nanakawan na ba ang simbahan niyo? Kami? Hindi pa not until during the typhoon “Falcon”. YES, our church was robbed obviously by cold-blooded robbers. We don’t know who they are or why did they do that. It was unexpected (malamang, san ka naman nakakita ng magnanakaw na expected mo?) but it was quite shocking. Our church is not the biggest, nor the richest. I don’t know why they chose our church. We don’t even have the best things, or the best instruments (parating palang yung mga best things at best instruments, in Jesus’ name.) Nakuha sa church namin ang bass guitar, guitar amplifier, mic amplifier, microphones, 2 golden vase na kulay gold lang at nauna pa yatang maging Kristyano yun kaysa sa akin, at yung bagong donate na candle holder. Ayun, medyo konti lang naman. Hindi naman aabutin ng daang libo ang mga gamit na nawala sa amin, kaya malas lang nila, mali ang pinuntirya nila. Haha! Kaso, sayang pa din yung mga gamit na yun. Unang-una hindi namin magamit yung sound system kasi walang ampli, so nung Sunday, nagtyaga kami sa karaoke, buti nalang may nagpahiram. Medyo mahirap umareglo ng kanta para sa PAW dahil kulang kami sa tunog, kaya mahirap din. Pero pinaka nanghihinayang ako dun sa 2 golden vase! Haha! Mas nauna pang maging born-again sa akin yun eh! Ang cool pa naman nun! Tirahan ng mga lamok, gagamba, at kung anu-ano pang insekto. Haha! Bahala silang lamukin dun! Kala nila! Hahaha!
|Paalam mahal kong kaibigang bass guitar|
Ang daming kuro-kuro at bali-balita ang kumalat. Nagkaroon din ng mock investigation. Maraming nagpaka-“Detective Conan at Sherlock Holmes” at isa na ko dun, the other “detectives” are David and Joash. Hahaha! Ayon sa deduction namin ng mga kasama kong “detective” ang insidente ay naganap sa pagitan ng Biyernes ng gabi hanggang Sabado ng gabi. Sa kasagsagan ng bagyong “Falcon” at maaaring sinabayan ito ng mga suspek. Kasabay ng bagyo ang pag-baha, ang malakas na kulog at ang walang habas na ingay na dulot ng mga ito, pati na rin ang brown-out. Everything may look normal. Hindi mapagkakamalang magnanakaw sila, ni hindi nga mapapansin na may pumasok sa simbahan o magnanakaw na pala ang pumasok sa simbahan. Pwede kasing umarte lang sila na ililikas nila ang mga gamit kasi mataas na ang tubig. Sa dilim ng lugar nobody would notice their freakin’ faces. Nobody would know that it wasn’t us. They broke the lock, enter through the front door, and grabbed everything they can. No sweat isn’t it? I mean, no one would suspect that they were robbers! As our “investigation” went further, we have made another deduction. Sira ang portion ng kisame ng CR ng girls at basag ang takip ng toilet bowl. At first we thought that it was their entry point but we eventually realized that the hole was too small for an adult to go through that. Siguro kung ako yun, kasyang-kasya ako dun kaso lang hindi ako yun. Haha! After having thought of it, naisip na namin na sinira nila yun to find a way papasok sa likod ng church. Pwedeng dun nila sinilip kung makakadaan sila dun. Meron pa kasing kitchen at room sa likod at gilid ng church namin. Maybe they wanted to go there through the ceiling but unfortunately for them, diretso hanggang kisame yung pader nung church, so it was a dead end for them. Bwahahaha! Buti nalang talaga at nakalock yung pinto dun sa gilid at nagtanga-tangahan silang hindi buksan. Haha! Siguro naisip din nila, na magke-create yun ng ingay pag sinira nila and with that pwedeng mahalatang magnanakaw na sila, so they left the church without entering the kitchen and back room. Well, wala naman silang mananakaw sa kitchen, nanakawin ba nila yung mga container ng tubig dun? Nanakawin ba nila yung mga kaldero at rice cooker? I don’t think so. Ang crucial eh yung laman nung back room. May malaking TV dun at dun nakatabi yung keyboard namin na alam niyo na. Haha! Buti nalang talaga! After namin ma-eksamin ang mga pangyayari ay may mga conclusion na lumabas kung bakit kailangang nakawan ang aming simbahan. Unang-una naming naisip, baka may gig sila at kailangan nila ng mga gamit kaya pinuntirya nila ang sound system namin. Sunod naming naisip baka magtatayo sila ng music studio at wala silang sapat na gamit kaya kinuha nila yung mga gamit namin. Isa pa naming naisip, baka magtatayo sila ng church, at dahil bago palang yung church nila, wala pa silang pondo pambili ng mga gamit kaya kinuha muna nila yung sa amin at gagayahin yung set-up ng church namin kasi pati candle holder at golden vase kinuha eh. I don’t know what their reason is at kung anong klaseng rationale ang meron sila at nagawa nila yun.
Lilinawin ko lang, hindi masama ang loob ko sa mga nangyari pero siyempre hindi rin naman ako natutuwa. Sakto lang. I know it will be replaced. Kung titignan ang sitwasyon ng church namin, mukhang imposible. Mukhang walang kakayanang makabili ulit ng gamit. Honestly, when I first heard the news, naisip ko kung pano namin yun papalitan. Wala akong makitang way talaga. Hindi naman ganun kadaling maglabas ng pera para bumili ng mga gamit. Until God spoke to me when I was doing my devotions (kaya magsipag-devotions kayo! Dun niyo malalaman yung mga revelations at promises ng Lord). He told me that He’s gonna replace everything that was stolen. He will replace it with even better things! That’s what He promised to me and I believe on that promise. Minsan kasi yung mga problema at pagsubok sa buhay natin eh hindi natin maappreciate. Well, mahirap nga naman yun, pero I want you to know this, life’s setbacks are actually God’s setup sabi ng isang pastor. C’mon now, problems are blessings that are yet to unfold. Don’t fret, don’t lose hope, there’s always a rainbow after the rain. Lemme’ share you something; Satan will attack you before a great event in your life unfolds. Kailangang subukin muna ang puso bago ipagkaloob ang pangako. Maybe now, you can’t see things clearly, you can’t picture out the whole thing, think as if your life is a puzzle, everything is connected, everything is essential for you to make the picture whole. God is on the process of putting the puzzle pieces together. It will take some time to finish that puzzle but always remember the one who is arranging the puzzle is GOD! C’mon! Isn’t that great? If I were to arrange my own puzzle I would surely mess up. I’m glad GOD is the arranger of my life. Guys, be positive! Don’t you ever lose hope! Don’t you ever give up! You were not created just to give up. God wants you to believe that He’s gonna bless you abundantly. God wants you to believe that you’re gonna experience supernatural favors from Him! Don’t think of the things that were taken away from you, the relationships that were taken away from you, and the job that was taken away from you, move on. Those things were taken away from you not to hurt you or to punish you, but to bless you. How? God wants to replace that with something better. Maybe you don’t get it, sometimes, it doesn’t make sense, the events that are occurring in our lives are so horrible and hopeless. Sometimes it seems that God doesn’t make sense, YES! God doesn’t make sense ‘coz the way you think is not the same way that God thinks. Don’t limit God with your imagination. God can do things far beyond what your mind can imagine. Maybe you can’t see any way to get through your problems but God sees a million ways to solve that. You just have to believe, to trust and to obey. God is not blind, He can see you. God is not apathetic, He can feel you. God is not dumb, He understands you most than anybody else does. He’s gonna bless you! He’s gonna pour out His favor on you. He’s gonna propel you upwards! You will experience divine acceleration. It’s time to stretch your heart! It’s time to activate your faith! It’s time to believe!
|We are unstoppable! Nothing can stop us from worshiping God!|
PS. For those who have been touched and moved by this story you can help us restore our stolen things. Give, for it is in giving that we receive! (Wala akong intensiyong patamaan kayo dahil tinitira ko talaga kayo! Hahaha!)