In times of trials, what do we do? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:30

COLOURS OF LIFE

BY GRACE C. ESPIRITUSANTO

“When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them but bend them with gentleness and time.” —  St. Francis de Sales

Worst scenarios happening in our lives, especially during unexpected moments are the worst experience that we can have. Always in our daily routine in life, we meet difficulties, trials, problems, hardships, blocks, hurdles or whatever name we call it, come one after another and sometimes, we do not even know where or how to start solving them. But in times likes this, it is your faith that is at stake.

How close are you with your God? Are you ready to call on Him anytime you feel like it or do you still doubt His existence? Do you ever thank Him not only for the good things that He brings you and your family but even for the trials and challenges that He gives you to test your Faith in Him? Do you ever pray for His guidance and protection once you leave your home or ask Him to watch over you, your family and your home as you go to bed at night?

I have had a number of trials in my life and it came one after the other as if it never wanted to end.  On Christmas Day my eldest son had to be operated for appendicitis and three of them were rheumatic heart patients. Another had a bad kidney and he was bloated. When my husband and I went to the Heart Center in Manila, we  found out that he had an enlarged heart and that one part of it wasn’t functioning. Then he had a brain surgery. One son had cerebral apathy and we had to airlift him to Cardinal Santos for MRI. Still another had a freak accident and crushed his knees and fractured his leg. Later four of my daughters went in and out of the hospital for Dengue. Then one of them had a kidney surgery.

My prayers never left my lips! I knew He was listening and he also was also testing my faith. I told Him, “Lord, I know You gave me all these trials because I can handle them with your help.”And He did help!”  He sent us friends, relatives, friends, acquaintances and even strangers to help and comfort us, although the trials did not end there. I also learned that I had two ovarian cysts and two cervical tumors. Another daughter had a rare kind of heart problem and would just collapse and turn black and blue for no apparent reason. These are just some to name o few, but my Faith never wavered; and I told Him, “Lord, if I can no longer take it, then it is Your turn to move.

I am so thankful that God always sends His angels to help us and so, trials for me are just like spices of life. We can not always have all the good things happening to us but we also need the bad ones to check our Faith in Him and to make us strong. I know I am not perfect but I continuously do my best to be a good follower of my Faith and of mg God.

“Faith is to believe what you do not see. The reward for this Faith  Is to see what you believe.” — St. Augustine of Hippo