The Road to ILC Aklan: Like a passenger
It was hot. Today’s climate was really hot. I was hesitant to go out because the heat was really on. Plus, there were no pedicabs around the village at 1 p.m. But there I was, walking without an umbrella towards the exit of our village. I had to ride a jeepney. And to my dismay, it was still freakishly hot. I was wondering if I was the only one feeling totally hot and also hot headed because of the heat. There were only less than ten people inside the jeepney. I looked at each passenger. One was a student, the others were old ladies and some were men of 30s to 40s. There even a family with a large luggage maybe going to the bus station. As I observed them through my eyes and thoughts, I asked myself, “How would they be able to stand the heat and some traffic jam along their way?”
We are all faced with some incredibly intolerable heat every now and then in our lives. Sometimes we overcome it by hiding in the nearest and easiest shadows of comfort or ranting endlessly on how long we are supposed to stand it, rather than letting ourselves enjoy the brightest and hottest rays of sunlight while it’s still there. Jesus, the son of God, also experienced this heat during His time. This Lenten season, we remember how Jesus died for us. How he faced the heat going up to the mountain, carrying the Cross, where He knew would be the end of His life. It may not be easy for someone else to walk to his death. Some would even take a short cut and not face the heat and even not carry the cross of someone else’s sin. But the son of God, our Redeemer, faced everything without fear for He was equipped with Faith to His Father.
Last year’s International Leader’s Conference was my first ILC experience. I was very excited going to Cagayan De Oro. But as I arrived at the CDO airport, I was ranting about the heat of summer. It was really hot! And because we arrived earlier than the ILC, we attended the Greeneration Project in Camiguin Island. I remember asking myself how I would stand the weather for a whole week knowing that we would be exposed to the heat all day. But God just made me experience the heat of His love and greatness as I listen to the talks, workshops and worships.
Like a passenger waiting for the end of each ride, let’s not rant about the things that don’t come our way and instead focus and reflect on how we can enjoy the ride until we reach our destination. Like Jesus, let’s face everything God has planned for us without fear, but with faith, and embrace God’s goodness in our lives. Let’s prepare our hearts and reflect on the blessings and sacrifices offered by God in our lives this Lent, and remind ourselves again on how great the Almighty is on ILC 2012. Are you armed and ready to experience the greatness of the Almighty?
This article is part of “The Road to ILC Aklan Series” and was written by Leslie Anne Pulanco, YFC and YCOM member from Metro Manila West B.