Cushion the Blow

July 18, 2008

“…learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart…” (Matthew 11:29)

Have you ever committed a big blunder and were forgiven so graciously for it?

I have.

Last night, my wife and I braved the heavy downpour of rain as well as the terrible EDSA traffic to travel from Cubao all the way to Sanctuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park to visit the wake of the mother of a wedding “ninang”. When we got there, to our surprise, we couldn’t find the name of the deceased posted on any of the doors of the funeral parlor. It was then when I decided to check on the text message I received earlier during the day which contained the details of the wake. (This was something I should’ve done even before we left Cubao, right?). And then there it was. The words jumped out of my cellphone: WAKE IS AT SANCTUARIO DE SAN JOSE, GREENHILLS.

Whoa! With a sheepish smile, I turned to my wife and said with all the energy I could muster, “I am so sorry..”. Jeng sighed a little, paused for awhile, and gave me a very familiar look, a look that I have seen from her so many times in my life: the look of love and understanding. “That’s ok, Pang,” she said. “Let’s just go to Greenhills.”

That’s it. No blaming. No tantrums. No “get down on your knees and beg for forgiveness” kind of tone. This is my wife. And I am blessed to have someone like her in my life.

I believe Jeng has taken to heart one phrase in the gospel today:  

“…learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart…” (Matthew 11:29)

She has indeed learned well from her Master. For that is how God truly responds to our faults in life: gentleness and humility.

When we renege on our commitments…

When we fall for our favorite sins…

When we neglect our most treasured relationships…

When we make mistakes…

God, in humility and gentleness, comes to us with the same look of love and understanding. He isn’t one who shoves to our faces our greatest booboos in life. He doesn’t place acid on our wounds. He doesn’t trample on us as we lie battered on the ground. Instead, God cushions our greatest faults with gentleness and compassion.

And last night, God showed how he cushions the whiplash of my blunder. Not only did He give Jeng the grace to understand, He also miraculously opened the EDSA traffic going back North so we can make it to Greenhills in less than (believe me!) twenty minutes.

Yes, my friend. This is the God we have. Come to Him today in prayer with all your blunders in life. And see that look from Him. Be consoled.

He is an expert at cushioning the blow.

Have a blessed day!

In Christ, your friend always,

Bobby Q.

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