TODAY’S MANNA: A hopeful Heart PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 11:36

BY Berlie G. Yap


I am an admitted fan of The Walking Dead (TWD) series in Fox channel. There’s no episode that I didn’t watch. It’s the only program in my busy schedules within the week that I look forward to watch regularly, and the rest I do not. I either instead read my books to keep up my school’s assignments and the following oral recitations, be in work, or sleep earlier for a better strength the following day.

Aside from the gory of the walkers’ stinky dead blood, the drama, the action and the suspense, I am candidly drawn to how Rick’s group fight life positively. In the story, they have to survive by all means. They’d been through a lot, as anarchy repalaced civility because of the cataclysm that dragged humanity to a brink of extinction, and there they have also the endless undead walkers to hack, shot and point the brain to deactivate, so to speak, their already out-of-order systems.

In the story they have no choice, that to survive, in a very extreme hostile world, they must sleep to hope that the following day would still be another extended day to live, or to wake up, though, alert and active to defend themselves from all the forces to be able to still stubbornly remain optimistic; that they must chose the will to survive to mutually protect themselves from all the forces around.

Their prolonged bonds, through the time, fostered them a strong relationship that they already did call themselves a family. They were total strangers but in the process of their individual struggle for survival they met unsuspectingly and later helped each other to defend themselves.

There are a lot of real things in the story which we can reflect on, to my opinion, which are parallel in our day to day lives now. One of which is obviously the hope to live, survive and make it in life! We don’t have walkers around to slain or wicked living individuals to fight but we have our different life’s battles to face and overcome to.

When one has hope, come what all the forces in the world would want to dampen his spirit, as long as he won’t give-up, he only could easily knock and outlive them one at a time.

All people in the world are born equal and are also given by God with equal chances to create their own histories and exploits. The dividing line, though, is the ability of the exceptional ones to rise higher and leave mediocrity to be able to walk in higher grounds. These same ones threw their despondencies, self-pities, pasts, and all kinds of garbage that one can think of, and they stay focused towards a direction.

A nurse had to work in an unfair time of duty, 12 hours overnight, in three weeks because their supervisor didn’t like her, so the left-over schedules were given to her. Honestly, this lady nurse felt the apparent discrimination. However, instead to whine, engage on a pity party, or worse quarrel her supervisor, she continued to work to her plotted schedules with such a positive attitude. She reasoned to her mind, as her way of a reverse psychology, that on a graveyard shift she couldn’t be overworked compared to the day shift.

Thus, the good nurse could go home every off time the following day, though tired, still happy and emotionally unspoiled. Who was agitated in the clandestine schedule, it was her supervisor who wasn’t able to defeat her positive spirit.

The Lord said, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58

It is normal, to any average person, to ask why there are individuals who cannot be satisfied to stay in their limits but would want to hurt others, or worse gloat at the expense of the weak ones.

The world is always unfair, that is a given fact. However, despite, God is always fair who rewards anybody who continues and not give-up to reach his finish line. Mickeyboy found it, in a local university, to complete his 6 years accountancy course. He is brilliant, though, and his family knows it. Hence, he was given the priority, despite that it was costly, to study in such a prestigious private university and an expensive course.

Came the defining moment, he went together with his batch in Manila to review for their board exam. I still could remember that, at least, a week before their flight schedule, he asked us to pray for him. And sure we did, we laid our hands on him and bid him heaven’s blessings. To make long story short, he took the exam. Now when the results came out, his name was there printed as one of those who made it!

Mickeyboy is now backed again in Manila recently and is hired by a big company. Again, before he left we prayed for him. I personally reminded him to how he and his family sacrificed, and that the blessings he is now relishing are the results of their perseverance.

Keep it up child of God, fight the good fight of faith positively, and let no force on earth steals your God-given destiny. Pay the price of your glory, though how hard they may seem. The Lord shall help you make it!

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