Hey hey hey hey!!!
I’ve been bursting with news since Tuesday morning: after a super duper Manic Monday, I had a Terrific Tuesday!
So last Tuesday was an important day for me, because I was scheduled to lakad our permits. Remember my “new baby” about to be unearthed in November? Well, before the world sees it, I’d first have to get past something: to secure a building permit.
While this may not exactly that difficult to do, Randy and I dreaded this so much. Why? Because before summer when we have already planned to build an extension to our structure in Sta. Rosa City, we faced a major hindrance: some people demanded a huge amount of money as pampadulas, that cost over P100,000! Gravity, I know! To think that that pampadulas was not even penance over some rule violations—wala lang, it was just this group of people’s way of saying that they want to rob us blind. At that time, Randy and I were enraged when our contractor told us that. So enraged that we decided to delay the construction of our extension indefinitely. We just don’t want to encourage these people’s corrupt practices.
And yes, because we are also kuripot. Hehehe.
Anywho, for our new venture to push through, it was a must to get that dreaded building permit. I myself went to the city hall to process the papers. It was such a relief when the person who was originally asking for the P100+ thousand just signed without a hitch! As in! We were prepared for the worst and I was thinking of ways on how to make an honest person out of him/her/them. Grabe, when I went out of his/her/their office, a huge grin was plastered on my face and I was thanking God profusely!
At the end of the day, the building permit was granted, hallelujah! I called our building contractor and told him, “Let the construction of the second floor, begin!!!” Well, of course I didn’t say it like that. Hihihi.
As for my missing iPad, I did not easily succumb to its being lost. On Tuesday, I even made another attempt to find it by asking the management of TOPS Catering to let me watch the footage of their CCTV, just to check whether I really left my iPad there or I brought it with me when we left. Sadly, they told me that the CCTV has not been working for some time. I asked them the email address and the personal number of the owner, but they said it’s the published company email and published mobile number as well. In fact, the owner also received the text message I sent (I wonder though why they did not reply; I texted two numbers yesterday and this morning. The AE I talked to said she replied, but I didn’t receive a single comeback). She further added that their boss asked them to look further, but to no avail. Honestly, the fact that I was never able to talk to the owner raises some serious doubts in me. I wonder whether he/she is just a.) apathetic to my plight, or b.) never actually received my request. Anyway, I guess it’s a dead end and I have to accept what to me is still a surreal dream–that truly, my two-month old iPad is lost. Haaaaaaaaay.
I remember that the night before, while I was still in full mourning, I shyly asked God whether He could return my iPad back. Shyly, because I know God has blessed me so, so, so much…and I feel that I don’t deserve the blessings I have, being sinful and all. Plus, several people have bigger problems than I. But as I read the Bible that night, I could hear God telling me to just ask Him whatever was in my heart. My devotional that night was John 15, and there, God repeatedly told me that He will give the desires of our as long as we remain in Him:
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
To some of us, it may come as a surprise that God actually wants us to keep asking from Him. To ask from Him is not selfishness, but rather, an act of humility. By doing so, we acknowledge that apart from Him, we are nothing. When we achieve something, it’s not because we deserved it by being smart or diligent or by being sheer great—it’s because God allowed us to achieve it.
On my part, I asked for my iPad back. And although I haven’t yet recovered my iPad, God immediately gave me something far more valuable. I may have lost my iPad that cost more or less P20,000, buuuuut nakalibre naman ako sa P100,000+ na supposedly “required” kotong. Bawing-bawi na! Which reminds me of another of God’s words:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
It truly was a terrific Tuesday to feel God working in our lives!
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