THE REASON FOR OUR PASSION

Fact: Meron akong 2 boxes na puno ng iba’t-ibang bagay. Yung una, mga natanggap o nakuha ko sa school at yung pangalawa, yung galing naman sa church or what I call “Spiritual Box.” Hehe.

While reading PSALM 63, medyo nalakasan lang ako sa prayer or declaration ni David kay God. As in #AbaMatinde

YOU ARE MY GOD.

EARNESTLY I SEEK YOU. MY SOUL THIRSTS FOR YOU. MY BODY LONGS FOR YOU.

I WILL PRAISE AS LONG AS I LIVE. IN YOUR NAME I’LL LIFT UP MY HANDS.

MY SOUL WILL BE SATISFIED AS WITH RICHEST OF FOODS.

ON MY BED I REMEMBER YOU, I THINK OF YOU THROUGH THE WATCHES OF NIGHT.

BECAUSE YOU ARE MY HELP, I SING IN THE SHADOW OF YOUR WINGS.

MY SOUL CLINGS TO YOU, YOUR RIGHT HAND UPHOLDS ME.

Panalo sya no? Pero kasi nung inulit ko basahin yung chapter, it started with “A psalm of David. When he was in  the Desert of Judah … in a dry and weary land where there is no water” e.

A guy who is in the desert longing for God? Hindi talaga muna sa tubig at pagkain? Hindi sa shelter or sa clothing? O_O

Passionate. Desperate.

Now, “Am I seeking God?, Am I really thirsty for Him? Am I really longing for Him? Am I satisfied with Him? Am I remembering and thinking of Him?”

Nahiya ako bigla. Thesis and other school works pa lang, nanghihina na passion ko sa Kanya, parang okay na lumagpas ang isang araw na makapagpray ka, makapagbasa ka ng Bible pero di mo naman talaga Sya ineenjoy…

Madami dami na ring ala-ala, simpleng ngiti at luha na dinala saken nung 2 boxes na sinasabi ko kanina. Every time I open those boxes, bumabalik din yung mga moments kung kelan ko yun at pano ko yun natanggap. Those things inside just relive those different memories.

Just like through this chapter in Psalm, God relived these 4 events to me.

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Eto yung mga oras na yun. Yung mga oras na passionate at desperate ka talaga sa Kanya na halos abutin mo na yung langit para makasama Sya. Yung minsan di mo na napapansin yung nasa paligid mo kasi mala “You and me against the world” na yung tapang ng heart mo.

Naalala mo ba yung ginawa mo lahat makapunta ka lang dyan? Yung mga gabi na di ka makatulog kasi bukas na yan mangyayari? Yung mga moment na tumatalon at sumisigaw ka kasi alam mong mahal ka Nya at may meaning at purpose talaga yung buhay? Yung umiiyak at lumuhod ka kasi gusto mo nang ibigay lahat sa Kanya at Sya na lang manguna sa buhay mo? Yung mga oras na gigil na gigil ka talaga kapag kausap at kinakantahan mo Sya? yung excited ka kasi maeencounter mo Sya!

Sa ngayon, tapos na yang mga ‘yan. Oo, nakakamiss lalo na pag first time mo. Mapapatanong ka na lang, asan na yung passion at fire ko nun? Maffrustrate ka kasi parang nagremain as information lang yung mga natutunan mo kung walang application. Magbabago lahat. Nagbabago lahat kaya apektado rin yung passion natin?

Hindi e. Kasi kung dun nakadepende, we are passionate to the experience not to the One we can experience. But when we start focusing on Someone Unchanging. Strong. Mighty. I’ve realized we can still be passionate. If David remained seeking God in a dry and weary land, we can also have that same passion though we have a dry and weary heart. Daanan ka man ng frustrations, challenges and problems in life; heartbreaks, tambak na school works and sleepless nights, we can still be passionate for Jesus!!

May kakaibang dinala ‘to sa puso ko. nagpagalaw ng katawan ko. nagpataas sa kamay ko. tinulungang tumalon ang paa ko. nagbigay ng awit sa bibig ko. at nagpatulo ng luha ko. There’s really a reason for this passion!

Kung di mo pa naeexperience yung apat na yan, okay lang! It’s not really about those 4 events above or any other events. They are like those things in my 2 boxes that will remind you of God’s faithfulness but ‘di sila ang pinakaimportante, sabi nga meaningless kung wala tong susunod. Kasi may isa tayong palaging pwedeng balikan…

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Cross. what Jesus did on the Cross. Is this not enough to keep that passion? Lahat ng problema ay nagsisimula kapag di natin naintindihan ang Gospel at mabibigyang solusyon o matatapos din pag naintindihan natin ang Gospel. Be reminded of His grace. of His faithfulness. of His love. of what He has done. of who He is. It’s just really awesome to think that every time we lose sight of our passion, Jesus never stops loving and holding us. Because if we really understand this, we can also cry out what David said in Psalm 63:3

“BECAUSE YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE,

MY LIPS WILL GLORIFY YOU!”

There’s a reason to keep that fire in our hearts! There is really a reason because He loves us. We can keep the passion we have because we first experienced the passion of Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ, You are my One desire, Lord hear my only cry to know You all my life…(Sinking Deep)

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