Not So Obvious

“…Woman, why are you weeping?…” (John 20:13)

A passenger jeepney has a sign on its windshield that says “Cubao”. A barker (someone whose job was to tell people the designated destination of different passenger jeepneys) repeatedly shouts “Cubao! Cubao! Sakay na dito ang Cubao!”. A clueless potential passenger comes and asks the barker, “Cubao?”.

Not so obvious, eh?

Another incident: My wife and I were looking to buy bread from a bakery. And so we asked two bystanders, “Manong, saan po dito ang bakery?”. Bystander A turns to bystander B, “Saan daw dito ang bakery?”. Bystander B looked confused, “Bakery ng ano?”

Not so obvious, eh?

Countless mundane experiences tell us that sometimes, what may look so obvious may not be so obvious to some. Perhaps this was what Mary of Magdala realized when the angels asked her:

“…Woman, why are you weeping?…” (John 20:13)

Come on, dear angels, isn’t it obvious? Just a day before, she saw her Master arrested, mocked, tortured and crucified. Now she sees her master’s body missing from its tomb. So why the question? Isn’t the answer obvious?

Yes, unless the angels knew something Mary didn’t.

That the body wasn’t stolen. That Jesus didn’t disappear. That life now breath from what was once dead. That Jesus was now alive!

Sometimes, God has the same question for us when we weep because of the challenges we face in life. And we retort, “Isn’t it obvious, Lord,” we say:

“…my spouse just passed away…”

“…I lost my job…”

“…the diagnosis was bad…”

“…my business failed…”

And the reasons why we must weep can go on and on. And God sounds even unfair to ask his question. Unless He knows something we don’t. And you know what? He does.

More than a month ago, when Jeng was on her 7th week of pregnancy, she experienced some blood spotting which forced her to miss work for two weeks. She was sad. I was scared. Our obvious conclusion then was that it was such a bad thing. Until a few days later, we heard that work was called off because of the presence of the flu virus at her workplace. In retrospect, we realized that God saved her (and our baby) from being possibly contaminated by the virus. Obviously (there’s that word again), when God allowed the blood spotting to happen, He knew something we didn’t. If we knew what He knew then, we would have not have “wept” because of what seemingly was a bad incident. Today, Jeng is back at work. Our baby is safe and healthy. And things turned out for the good. Obviously, God knew something we didn’t.

Friend, sometimes it’s just a matter of trusting God’s wisdom. He is all-knowing and He knows many things we don’t.

So if you are now going through something that looks like a bad turn, I challenge you to believe, to take heart and to hold on.

What may be obvious to us may not be so obvious after all.




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