"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things th at are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20"
A day ago, I posted a short comment of Facebook about what I felt toward people who, in their greatest misery, still refused to believe there is a Living God. I really felt pity for them.
You see, I was a victim of stroke and paralysis. Three years ago, I was pursuing a life I thought would not only give my family and me financial prosperity, but most of all, I would finally join my great love in a different land. I left a very good college teaching job for a dream go to Canada. It all ended abruptly when I had a stroke in the middle of my preparation to go abroad. Yet, through it all, I drew nearer to God to find comfort and strength. I may have questions about what happened to me, but I never blamed God for what happened. For always, there must be some real reasons why it happened. God must have allowed it for good at that time. He will make things perfect in His own time. As for my fiancee, he is still loving me beyond what happened. I see him more now as a man more in love with me despite my difficulties. We continue to plan for our marriage in God's perfect time. We are six years now. My wonder turned to awe when God allowed me to see good things happen to me and to our relationship always. These were in exchange of good things I let go when I had stroke. Friend, if you are still in misery because you forget that God exists, this is now the chance to think things over. I may not be very convincing to you. I am not even important, but He is. Seek Him now while He can still be found before it will be too late.
(c) Luisa Mercado, May 18, 2011
I am Ma. Luisa B. Mercado, a neophyte writer who intends to do it for God\'s glory. I consider myself one of the writers of caremikenluisa blog (Mike, my fiancee, is the other one). Everybody calls me Malou in my hometown, but my love calls me Luisa. For him, it is a beautiful name. For almost two in a half years now, I have been attending an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church - the Bethany Baptist Church of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. I got saved in 1983. I was in first year college then. It was a wonderful feeling and it has always remained in my heart.
You see, I backslided for 18 years. My mother was a very devouted catholic who \"heard\" mass everyday. She wanted me to remain in her faith till her death in 1999. I was a very submissive daughter. I was following her footsteps.
My mother had met several pastors in the past and were very good to them. In fact, I had seen her \"accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord\" many times. She supported them financially in some of their church activities. Yet, she remained in her faith till her death. Only God knows where she is now.
After her death, I was free to choose my religion. I was assigned to teach in a university far from ours. There, I met several Christian co-teachers who helped get back to the faith. What joy it was to worship God again in spirit and in truth!
Now I am fully back. I know I am on the right tract and heaven-bound. Others may question this belief, but the Bible says clearly about it! I have Jesus Christ in my heart and the Holy Spirit had sealed it forever since the day I got saved. Although I got paralyzed three years ago because of stroke, I never blamed God for what happened. He knows why. He knows, too, when to take this burden away from me. I do not worry. In heaven I will be perfect. Is not that expectation very wonderful?
For the past three years, I may have questions. Yet, I still believe that all things work together for good for those who love God. I have my ups and downs, but never too down to realized I have God in my heart. I am still moving toward perfection through Him alone. He is calling me for His purposes. In His perfect time, He will show it to me. He knows I am eagerly waiting for it even in whatever state I am. One thing is sure. I am His now and forever. Amen!