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I remember I asked a pastor once about waiting and this is my exact question to him, “Can love be really sweeter when you wait for that perfect time? Would you not regret the time that passed waiting for it when you could have shortened the wait? How do you say when it’s knocking right on your door all the while and missed it because you keep on waiting..?”

“No one can really tell. Sugal ang lahat” he simply answered. His answer didn’t make sense to me back then. It kind of left me with a vague sense of confusion to be honest.

I was new in my faith at that time and I was looking for a godly view.

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Now that I am far from my youth, going back to his answer to me, it finally made sense.

No one can really tell but God

Signs —who didn’t ask for this?

In my foolishness, I even asked God for a red balloon to float in the sky. Ha!

We ask for signs because we want an immediate confirmation; we want a dramatic answer.

The problem with asking for a sign is that, most often than not, when the sign you asked for showed up, 99% of the time you’ll doubt its authenticity.

“Is this sign came from you, Lord? Let me ask for another one to validate the first.”

Crazy, huh?

So what then is the most effective way to know na siya na?

When you’re nearing menopausal stage and you’re cramming for an answer kasi napanis ka na sa kahihintay; that to risk everything is better than having done nothing?

Hindi mo naman kailangang sumugal. Sa pagsugal kasi madalas diyan ang nangingibabaw ay emosyon. Ano ang ending? Walang ending, magpapaikot-ikot ka lang.

Why not iburo mo sa panalangin ang pagkakataong magmahal?

Mas tumatamis, sumasarap ang isang pagkain kapag ibinababad ito ng matagal. Mas malinamnam, hindi hinog sa pilit. Mas authentic at original ang isang bagay kapag dumaan sa tamang proseso. Kaya tumataas din ang value nito. May magandang sagot sa mga taong matiyaga.

Don’t stop!

Don’t ask for an immediate answer, alagaan mo ng prayers. Diligan mo ng panalangin. Don’t stop till God answer your prayers. Don’t stop casting your cares upon the Lord! Huwag mo Siyang titigilan.

He might answer you with yes, no and wait, but still these are gold because all of these points for your own good. It’s still a win-win situation.

Lumalabo lang naman ang mga bagay once you stopped talking to God; hindi mo na Siya marinig dahil mas naging priority mong magbasa ng mga ungodly hugot sa social media kaysa basahin ang Salita niya. O mas binibigyan mo ng importansiya ang mga bulong ng kaibigan mong magulo din ang pananaw sa buhay. God answers, he always does because that’s who He is. Some things are worth the risk only if you prayed for it ardently. Kahit si Lord ay all-knowing, gusto Niya marinig mismo sa bibig mo na hinihingi mo ang isang bagay. Adik kaya sa’yo si Lord. Be strengthened with that, find peace in that.

To err is human

But if you’ll have a choice, choose to err in the side of love because

Love wins all the time.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

-Philippians 4:6, NIV

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