Life Reflections: The Great Supplier
Being a lay missionary for 10 years was both easy and difficult. Yes, there were the limitations in finances, being “on-call,” and not being able to have a sense of regularity and pattern in life because of the nature of the work. But there was also the sense of having a worldwide family, traveling to new places and being connected to the big boss, God.
From the benefits of being a lay missionary, the one that I miss the most is being connected to God. Since our work was about God’s love and sharing of it, we naturally have to experience it foremost in our lives. It had to be real and the only way to do it was to have a real and personal relationship with Him.
During household last week, our household servant asked us a very simple yet profound question:
“Who is Jesus Christ to you? And how does this become real in your life?”
Answering this question years ago would have been easy. The talk about this is one of the most used and shared talks of all times. Being in the company of fellow former lay missionaries, it would have been such a simple and fast sharing.
But it wasn’t the case.
And so, it got me to reflect. Who is Jesus Christ to me today?
After much reflection, I finally know the answer.
He is my Great Supplier.
Today as a College Professor, I still feel that the main lesson that I share to my students is very simple. It’s all about God’s love. As much as I can, I try to make it as concrete and practical for the young ladies. I want to be able to share not just deep theological concepts but more of simple and useful nuggets of God’s love.
I do prepare for my classes but I find myself being enlightened and having “light-bulb” moments when I least expect it. These are reflections, “kwento time,” anecdotes and life lessons. There are moments when I recognize that I didn’t know that and would not claim that it came from “me.” I believe that all of these come from my Great Supplier above.
For the moments that students do come up to me with concerns (beyond the lessons), I feel that God continues to use me as His instrument. I do not claim to know everything that I speak in the name of God’s love. But I do know that all of these do come from God. He supplies me with the words, the wisdom and inspiration from above.
In the aspect of my family life, God continues to be our Great Supplier. Being a new part-time teacher (which also means a pay cut), God has been our Great Supplier in our finances. Sources of additional income have been coming in and even more opportunities for extra finances are also in the horizon. We don’t live a luxurious life but we have exactly what we need at any given moment in our family life. Through the years, God has been providing us not just our needs, but also our extra wants in life.
God has also been the Great Supplier in providing all the dreams, excitement and inspiration in life. During the past weeks, we have been given the chance to dream together as husband and wife. We were excitedly looking at the possibility of transferring to a new home – to have a bigger space. As in we were already looking (at both townhouses and condominium units,) exploring loans and imagining the interior designs for the new home.
My husband and I have have already “awaken” from all these dreaming of a new home now. We recognize that we do not have the financial capability for this at the moment. But we are hopeful that we will achieve our dream to have a bigger home someday in the future.
Even if what happened was just dreaming, I know that God had given this to us. He is the Great Supplier of the excitement that my husband and I have both experienced because of it. He is the Great Supplier of the Hope that our dreams will indeed happen in His perfect time and perfect way.
A lot has changed in my life. But how God has been so real to me has not changed at all. The Great Supplier – reflections, finances, dreams and more. That is who Jesus Christ is to me today.
How about you? How is Jesus Christ to you?