Reflections of a bus guide volunteer

Last Jan 24-31, 2016, the International Eucharistic Congress was held in Cebu. It was a momentous event for Cebu, and it is an opportunity for me (and I think, for all lay Catholics) to volunteer and serve.

I was one of the thousands of volunteers, assigned to the transportation committee, called the bus guide volunteers. One of my weaknesses is my sense of direction, or the lack thereof. I was not worried though, because I thought I am just a bus guide volunteer, not the driver. As it happens, most of the drivers were not from Cebu, and they also thought that they have nothing to worry about because they have their own personal bus guides.

My 1st route assignment is the North area. I have zero knowledge about the places there. But thankfully, there wasn’t any problem because we didn’t get any passenger.

My 2nd route assignment was in Cebu downtown (Yehey!) from Fuente Osmena to Capitol area, to Parklane, to IEC. I am quite familiar with the route but don’t know the directions of some of the bus stops. I was not worried though because it was the 2nd day and I assumed that my bus company (driver, conductor, and police officer) will then be familiar with the route. Lo and behold! They were not familiar yet (d-r-u-n-k). I can understand though, I myself cannot memorize the twists and turns of the places of our route when I am living in Cebu City for how many years now. So understandably, they cannot perfectly know our route. And so we get lost. On the 2nd day of the event.

We were circling the Cebu City downtown round and round until we get to a familiar path where we eventually found our way. I can honestly say that it was the Lord who has guided our way to the right path. It was a moment of we were lost, and now we’re found.

I thought to myself that no matter how long we are lost, if we would just not quit finding our way, eventually we’ll find our destination. Also, it is important to take note of your wrong turns and don’t take them again.

It’s the same in our life. We are often caught with the fast pace of living, chasing dreams we thought would satisfy our restless hearts. And that’s okay, I think. But we should not forget that we are citizens of Heaven. And that’s our ultimate destination. We should embrace the life that God has given us here on earth without losing sight of our ultimate destination, without forgetting that our Father is waiting for our coming, and His applause for our return is already set.

God’s Awesome Love #17

Yesterday, God surprised me with His love!

I had P70.00 in me last Thursday. I give away the P50 for something. That left me P20. Now, that’s a problem because I have to spend P7 to get home that evening, and spend another P14 to get to office the next day. I was lacking P1. (Oh, the math!)

The next day, I was thinking that maybe the driver could just accept my P6. But just after I hop in the Jeepney, my officemate called my name. Then he offered to pay my fare! I don’t even have to ask!

Really, if we just open ourselves to God’s revelation through our ordinary experiences, they will become experiences of faith. That was just a small thing, but it reminded me that the Father knows my needs even before I ask Him.

Lord reveal yourself in me at all times. Melt the walls in my heart and open my eyes so that I could see you and feel you in all circumstances.

On faith

What’s your attitude after prayer?
Do you still worry over the concern you prayed?
Or do you let it go, confident that God listens to your prayers and answers them according to what He deems best for you?
Do you believe or do you still doubt?

My attitude after prayer is a challenge for me too. And that’s where faith should truly come. That I will have confidence in the prayers that I’ve asked God. The bible says it in Hebrews.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Heb. 11:1