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Guided Steps

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

 

My wife and I often talk about the things we might have done differently. I had always thought I would become a doctor, but while I have a degree in Biology and two Masters in different fields, I am now a full-time musician. I sing at retirement homes every day, between one to five times a day.

 

In 2010, I was teaching food microbiology to HRM students at a university. While I was writing on the board, I felt a gentle whisper from the Holy Spirit telling me to go to the bathroom and pray. I left my students with some seatwork and went to one of the cubicles to pray. I asked God what I should pray for, and I heard the words "Taft and Roosevelt" in my spirit. I didn't know what they meant, so I prayed for missionaries and their children, and finally for California.

 

When I went back to the classroom, I dismissed my class early and went straight to the library. There, I learned that Taft and Roosevelt were former US presidents during World War 1 and 2. Christian history tells us that during these times, Christian missionaries were brought to the Philippines to teach Filipinos the English language using the Bible. Along with these missionaries were their children.

 

Seven years later, I found myself in California, where many American missionaries came from during World War 1 and 2. I realized that my work as a musician was actually a ministry to the many children of the missionaries in retirement homes. Furthermore, I met some of the missionaries themselves in some Christian retirement homes where I work, and they told me stories of what they did and how they contributed to my country, not just by teaching English, but also, more importantly, the Bible.

 

We have a saying among Filipino Christians, "Walang sayang sa Panginoon" which means "There is no waste of time or opportunity with the Lord." Everything has a purpose. I may not have become a doctor, but I believe that God established and determines the steps I take every day. My ministry with my wife as her husband is also determined and established by the Lord.

 

I want to encourage you that if you are feeling frustrated today and your life seems pointless or without a goal, but you trust in the Lord, just wait. In time, everything will make sense. The God we serve is a God of purpose, and you are not lost in the wind. His plans will prevail. God bless you! #proverbsaday #chriatianinspiration

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