July 09, 2008
“…Go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel…” (Matthew 10:6)
It happened to me three times: Lost in Alabang with a near empty gas tank.
The first one happened a year ago. The second incident took place some months back. And the latest one was just yesterday.
Not familiar with the southern part of Metro Manila, I nearly panicked. I knew what I needed — someone to tell me where the gas station was. But for some reason, I didn’t ask. I guess the male machismo within wasn’t humble enough to seek direction.
What happened to me also happens daily to so many people in our world today.
Many are lost and has a near-empty heart. They also know what they need — for someone to tell them where they can get life. But many are just too proud to ask.
And that is why I do what I do: I preach. On a stage before a crowd, or across the table before an individual. I may not be good at directions, but I sure know the road that leads to life. Not because I am such a holy and righteous person. But simply because I, who was once lost myself, have found my heart filled to overflowing by this “Gas Station of Life”.
Are you in that situation, friend? Losing steam as you careen your way through the pitfalls of life? Are your deadlines piling up? Are your commitments swallowing you up? Is the pain becoming too unbearable? Or the future too unpredictable?
If you are, then you are the reason why Jesus keeps sending disciples to“…go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel…” (Matthew 10:6). Jesus knew that many are lost. Many are confused. Many are going around in circles in search of that gas station to fill their hearts once again.
Let this blog be God’s message to you today. Go ahead, close the door, go down on your knees and pray. Receive strength and courage from this “Gas Station of Life” — Jesus. Let Him fuel you to face life anew…and move on.
Have a blessed day!
I remain, your friend in Christ,