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Leaving and Coming

Leaving and Coming
by Danny Tariman

“I am going away, but I am coming back to you.” (John 14:28)

I remember the day when I left my family for an overseas job. Although we all agreed that I would take this job and that there would be no tears, we couldn’t stop ourselves from crying when I was about to leave. We knew that this overseas job would bring tremendous blessings to the family, yet the agony of missing each other for a few years set in.

I cannot thank the Lord enough for His blessings for us while I worked abroad. My children graduated college from the best universities. We were able to purchase a good-sized house in a peaceful community in the city. We have cars. And the biggest blessing was the opportunity to share God’s Word in a foreign land and to become an instrument to bring about change in peoples’ lives. But I’m happy to say that those years are over and now I’m back with my family.

That experience has helped me understand today’s Gospel better. I’m sure the Apostles were saddened to hear Jesus telling them He would leave them, but He also would be leaving them with His peace and reassurance so they would not be troubled. Jesus’ departure is a cause for joy because He is going to the Father, the source of all blessings and graces.

Reflection: It’s always difficult to part with someone or something you love. But trusting that the Lord has better plans for us gives us peace. Are you ready to let go?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I may not know exactly what is Your plan for me, but I put my trust in You.

[This reflection was first published May 21, 2019 in Didache, in Gabay (Tagalog texts), and in Kerygma Family webpage]

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Our God of Order

Our God of Order
by Danny Tariman

“And so your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:21)

“We’re sorry, your 5:30 a.m. flight for Iloilo this Saturday is canceled,” said the airline representative. I received the disturbing call just three days before our family trip.

With all the details of our family vacation already prepared, we couldn’t easily accept a delayed flight. Our hotel booking was confirmed, our itinerary organized, and our schedules finalized.

I asked that we get the next available flight. I was assured we would. But after an hour, I checked our flight details and learned that we weren’t rebooked yet. Worse, the next flight we could get was past noon, which would affect our tour itinerary and schedule. I was distressed and asked my family to pray.

Finally, I asked the airline that our destination be changed from Iloilo to Bacolod for the 5:30 a.m. flight that Saturday. We were approved with no charge.

God is so good! In putting our faith and hope in Him, we were able to fly to Bacolod direct, which was actually the first destination in our itinerary. It saved us from making a boat transfer had we landed in Iloilo first.

Indeed, “we know that all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28).

Reflection: Are your plans being disturbed? Trust God. Keep the faith.

Prayer: Strengthen my faith, O Lord, that even when everything seems to go wrong, I may continue to have hope and trust in You. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache 2018 — May 30th]

God is Faithful

God is Faithful
by Danny Tariman

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13:31)

Early in my “renewed life” I was taught that the Bible is a Word from God. I believe it. I believe that it has promises that are certain to pass or manifest.

This has been my life. To trust the LORD and to trust in His Word.

One of my dearly-held promise is from Mark 11:24

“Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours”

I believe this promise. I believe His Word in Mark 13:31 that His “words will not pass away”

Strengthened by these two promises, I prayed, and I claimed, that the LORD will grant me a job despite my age.

One day, I got a message from a friend whom I have not spoken for many, many months. He asked if I will be interested in a job to head an IT Department of a company. I said, “I am”. And so, he gave me a
contact number.

I dialed the number and I was immediately scheduled for a face-to-face interview with the company head.

The interview went well. But I haven’t received any update for the next 2 weeks, which made me wonder.

While my family & I were having our vacation in the province, I received a call from an unknown number, which happened to be the HR Manager of the company where I had an interview a couple of weeks ago. And lo and behold! It was a job offer!

We went back to Manila, excited that I will be starting a new job.

Indeed, the LORD is faithful; what He promises, He fulfills.

Reflection: Do you believe in the Word of God? Do you believe that His promises will come to pass?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me that faith to move mountains. Let the prayers of my heart come to pass in Your time. Amen.

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God Provides

God Provides
by Danny Tariman
“He said to [his] disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat… For life is more than food'” (Luke 12:22a, 23a)

My wife had a 2-day holiday with friends in an exclusive resort. Because we want her to just enjoy her moments, we told her not to bother preparing our food packs, which she usually does every day.

She left home early in the morning. My family had a quick breakfast without her and drove-off for our day in the office.

I did not have the usual food pack that I bring for the day.

To my surprise, a few minutes upon my arrival at the office, two of my staff gave me something I really do not expect: one gave me a cup of bean jelly/curd (taho, in Tagalog), and another gave me an apple! I have now food for my snacks!

Just before twelve noon, as I was about to go to the canteen, my staff told me that a member of my office team will be bringing in food for our lunch. Another surprise!

I was so touched at how the LORD provides. As I had asked my wife not to prepare food so she can enjoy her day with friends, the LORD touched somebody else — these three guys — to give me food!

Truly amazing! His Word is indeed real: “God will provide” (Genesis 22:8)

Reflection: Do you worry about your provisions? Trust the LORD; He provides!

Prayer: Am sorry LORD for the times that I have not fully trusted in You by worrying. Grant me the grace to live a life fully trusting in You! Amen.

Dinner Time

Dinner Time
by Danny Tariman

“When you come together to eat, wait for one another.” (1Cor 11:33)

Dinner time is one of those moments I wait for. Each day.

This is the time when my family shares our daily experiences, the achievements we had for the day, the challenges we encountered at work, the joyful moments we had, and even problems we encountered during the day.

It is also a time for us to talk about our dreams, our wishes, and even a time to plan family events.

It is indeed good! We laugh together, we share ideas, we ask questions, and many more. It is a delightful family time.

There is one rule, though, that we observe during dinner time: no mobile phones on the table. This enables us to really have moments for each other — with no distractions.

Today’s verse reminds us to be together, to have moments for each other during mealtime.

Reflection: Do you wait for each other at the family’s table during mealtime?

Prayers: Dear Lord, grant that my family will have wonderful moments during meal time. May these be moments of sharing Your love and joy. Amen!

Witness at the Workplace

Witness at the Workplace
by Danny Tariman

“It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” – (Matthew 24:46-47)

You are on Facebook. Or maybe exchanging text messages on your phone. That’s why you forgot your task at hand. Suddenly, your boss arrives. He asks you, “How’s the job I assigned to you?” You freeze. You have no answer. You are at a loss. You are caught red-handed!

Can you relate? My friend, as witnesses for Christ in the workplace, we have to work diligently on the tasks assigned to us. We have to make sure that we give our best, as if working for the Lord. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23). In the preceding verse, the Bible tells us to “obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord” (Colossians 3:22). I believe that when we give our best at work, even when our bosses are not looking over our shoulders, they will be pleased with us. Soon, they will promote us and put us in charge of bigger responsibilities.

Reflection: Are you giving your best in your workplace? Are you making your boss happy?

Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for not giving my best at work. Please grant me the grace to work with all my heart to the best of my ability. Amen.

[This relfection was first published in Didache Aug 30, 2018, and was read in “Gabay” at Radio Varitas 846]

An Extraordinary Kindness

An Extraordinary Kindness
by Danny Tariman

“The natives showed us extraordinary hospitality… and welcomed all of us” (Acts 28:2)

My family were exploring a provincial town’s attractions. That afternoon, we would like to try a coffee shop that was recommended to us by a relative.

Upon reaching the town center, I asked a local — a tricycle driver — where this “Blue Cafe” is.

I noted his eyes scanned the surroundings and his memory.

And he replied, “Maybe in the other side of the town, sir”. Then he gave us street directions to find the cafe.

After driving for about a kilometer, we have not found the coffee shop. And so, we decided to just have our afternoon snack at another restaurant that we had tried the day before.

As I was navigating to park our car, the tricycle driver whom we had asked about the coffee shop, suddenly came rushing.

“I am sorry, sir. The cafe you were looking for was at the town center. My apologies for not able to guide you correctly”, he said.

We were just so touched by his show of kindness — driving fast to catch us up and give us the proper direction. He could have just let the situation go and let us find our way. But this man, in his kindness and hospitality, find a way to guide us.

Thank you, LORD, for these people! May their tribe increase!

As the Bible says in Romans 12:9a,13 “Let love be sincere… Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality”.