The Highway

by Danny Tariman

“I will cut a road through all my mountains, and make my highways level.” – Isaiah 49:11

It was a thrilling experience to drive to Subic through the new SCTEX highway. I was cruising at top speed!

I noticed that many mountains were cut to make way for the wide and long, straight road.

This brings me to recall the time when I was called to start The Feast (a prayer meeting of Light of Jesus) in a foreign country.

I was facing a mountain of challenges: no co-servants to help, no venue, no one to sing in the prayer meeting, etc. There was literally no Light of Jesus (LOJ) presence in the city.

But the Lord has His ways.

One by one, I began to see the hand of the Lord moving: mountains were cut, roads were built.

I was able to easily arrange for an audience with the archbishop. I was given quick approval to establish the LOJ Family in his archdiocese. Out of nowhere, a man called up and volunteered to help. I was introduced to a worship leader. Everything just fell into place! In a few months, we started The Feast in Port Moresby.

How wonderful it is to journey with the Lord. He can cut mountains and make highways level to pave a better way!

Reflection: Are you facing a mountain of problems? Is the road narrow and winding? Trust the Lord — He will make a way!

Prayer: Lord, I surrender to You my situation and problems. Have Your way in me. Amen.

[This reflection first appeared in Didache April 2, 2014]

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Sagada

Sagada is in Bontoc Province, in northern Philippines. My children recently went to the wonderful place with so many amazing sceneries, including the pre-dawn view (see photo above). Places to visit are hanging coffins, caves, rice terraces, and water falls.

It is about 11-hour drive from Manila non-stop. Going up, they passed by the city of Baguio, while going down they took the Banawe, Ifugao route.

Confidence in Prayer

by Danny Tariman

We have this confidence in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. — 1 John 5:14

As I write this reflection (this article was first published in Didache 2013 for the Jan 12, 2013 page), my family is waking up to a brand new day in a brand new house. We just moved in yesterday to the home we had been praying for. 

For many years, we had been asking God for a house of our own. Three years ago, the Lord blessed us with a 300-square-meter lot. We had dreamt of a big house built on it. We had imagined how it would look as we visited many interior design galleries.

But God had the best plan. Early last year, someone bought the lot from us at a profit of over P1 million.

In exchange, we were able to buy an old house and lot in cash, which we have fully renovated and furnished.

It is God’s will for us to live an abundant life. His Word is clear in John 10:10 — “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance.”

That’s why when we asked for this house, we asked for something our own pockets couldn’t afford. We claimed the life of abundance He had promised.

Now it has come to pass! Alleluia!

Reflection: Are your prayers in accordance to His will?

Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing Your will for me. I entrust to You all my needs, and even things for my enjoyment, in Jesus’ name.

(This reflection first appeared in Didache 2013, January 12 reflection)

His Provision

by Danny Tariman

Fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail. For they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. – Ezekiel 47:12

It was another dry season. Almost seven months of job hunting for me. Over 180 applications sent. No offers, no job.

But having been soaked in God’s goodness, this time around my family and I were not afraid. We had confidence that the Lord would provide for us, just like the tree planted near a river in today’s reading.

We continued to enjoy the life the Lord had given us despite my lack of employment. Instead of focusing on the problem, we focused on His promise. We took a vacation at a beach in Batangas, enjoying the money that was pouring in through our stock market placements.

On another day, a man offered to buy our property even if we were not selling it. We profited over P1 million from that.

During this dry season, we were also able to upgrade our car. We took a tour of northern Luzon and enjoyed many scenic places like the Bangui Windmills, Pagudpud Beach, the Callao Cave in Cagayan and the Rice Terraces in Benguet.

Our God supplied our every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). And before long, I got a job. A much better one, too! 

Reflection: Are you in a dry season? It is just a season; it will pass!

Prayer:
Lord, forgive me for focusing on my problems instead of Your promises. I claim Your promise now, and I thank You in advance for my answered prayer.

(Originally published in Didache 2013 – March 12)