by Mark Homer Bautista Jimenez
“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” Philippians 2: 1
As you walk the path of trust, you will experience situations that simply defy explanation. But when you try to look back, you could never have figured out a better plan. At that time it seemed strange, mysterious–even illogical. But let me assure you, that was God working on your behalf. Things that seem totally contradictory happen. But these are God’s arrangements.
It was a wonderful day when I finally realized I don’t have to explain or defend the will of God. My job is to simply obey it. It is a waste of time trying to unscrew the inscrutable workings of God. You could never be able to do it. That is simply how God works. He honors faith and obedience. And when you trust Him completely, you will enjoy inner quietness and security. You will have a secure confidence that you are walking in His will. You will be surrounded by His peace.
Recently I was chosen to become the new representative in our conference. I honestly don’t have the capability in leading a group of people, especially in doing some activities and making plans for the group. I am the silent type; I’m not good in conversations. Why did they choose me??? But I think this is the only way or chance that God has given me to prove that I can do it. I cannot do it alone without God and without my co-missionaries in our conference. We should learn in our lives that survival would go hand-in-hand with “fellowship.” We can see that having a relationship calls for being in fellowship with others, and that cannot be done very easily at arm’s length. It implies getting in touch, feeling the hurts, being an instrument of encouragement and healing. Fences must come down. Masks need to come off. Welcome signs need to be hung outside the door. Keys to the locks in our lives must be duplicated and distributed. Bridges need to be lowered to allow others to cross the moat and then share our joys and our sorrows. Our job is to simply obey HIM.
We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. To make this thing called life work, we have to lean and support. And relate and respond. And give and take. And confess and forgive. And reach out and embrace.
When you persevere through a trial, God gives you a special measure of insight. You become the recipient of the favor of God as He gives you something that would not be learned otherwise.