We have just wired into the threshold of 2014. Everything starts anew – fresh challenges to face and different blessings to receive. While reading Our Daily Bread dated January 9, I was already blessed with enthralling words of encouragements. I decided to use the same title of the write up because it has given me loads of things to think about, to be thankful for and at the same time to respond positively to life’s twists and turns with absolute certainty. It is not easy to be always on the affirmative side when we only get to see the undesirable angles of it. At some point, we get paralyzed but before we become too sloppy, always remember that life must go on. We have a new chapter to start writing and new aspects to consider without leaving behind the pieces that were left broken in 2013.
Many of us would not want to look back at the crucial ending of the past year where our country had been greatly tried and tested. Some would wonder what life would have been if no super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) transpired. Others have left their sanctuaries because of fear and with the thought that life back home will never be the same again. Somebody said, “Moving on isn’t about never looking back. Sometimes we must look back to realize just how far we have come.” Changes are so drastic that nothing could be able to describe its outcome. Acceptance is our only key to surpass the confusion and the pain it caused us.
Joe Stowell expressed in his write up that interruptions change his day dramatically and while they can be so frustrating, they can also be productive. While I was reflecting on this phrase, Yolanda and its aftermath came vividly into my thoughts. It was an impeccable interruption that changed the direction of our lives. We may close our eyes and wished it never happened but we cannot escape the fact that it did. And while we dawdle at the hardships we see in recovering from it, we cannot truly say, we have moved on. Further thoughts backed in. While we look at it as an interruption, it conveyed a significant message in the lives of many and had shaped selfless acts of love towards those who have been seriously affected by the monster typhoon. Despite its destruction, many have endeavored to help us so we have now the courage to rebuild. We have lost our loved ones, our friends, our enemies, many churches, buildings, houses and among other things were destroyed. As a result, families have bonded closer, more friends were added, enemies became friends and churches helped other churches. With these, many avenues have been opened. Bless the interruptions!
At any given situation, there are always two sides of it. While the other side shows every facet of destruction which causes us to be passive in life; the other displays the construction of it which will make us a better person. We will never know what is on the other side unless we cross it. So, when interruptions take place, accept it with open arms. In addition, here are some tips to think through. Be blessed!
- Replace fear with courage.
- Seek out for encouragements when frustrated.
- Look back but never dwell.
- Move on without resentment.
- Shed tears but don’t get yourself drowned.
- It is best when you are with people.
- Have faith, God is still in control!