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Down But Not Crushed

Down But Not Crushed
by Danny Tariman

“We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained… struck down, but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

He underwent a gallstone operation last month. His sister was hospitalized two weeks later. His mother, too, was recently hospitalized for a couple of days. Then early this week, he was back again in the hospital for dengue.

While I watched him at the hospital, his wife called in the middle of the night telling him that their little girl had a fever. “Her fever will be gone,” I heard him whisper on the phone.

It’s easy to give up in situations like these. These are the times when our faith as believers of Christ are put to the test.

The Bible says, “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

As we waited for his blood test results, he continues to hold on to his hope. He is down, but he is not beaten. He will come out victorious from all his trials!

Reflection: “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are my hope. You are my strength. I lift up to You my situation. I am almost crushed. Hold my hand and take me out of this.

[This reflection was first published in both the online and paperback editions of Didache. Was also read in Radio Veritas846]

God of the Impossible

GOD OF THE IMPOSSIBLE
by Danny Tariman

“If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it” – John 14:14

“So how did you manage to check in your overweight baggage?” asked the guard who was harassing me at the entrance of the Jackson’s International Airport.

“There is nothing impossible with the Lord!” I replied. “What?” came the puzzled reply from the guard. “I said, ‘there is nothing impossible with the Lord!’”

Earlier at the check-in counter of Air Nuigini, I was informed my baggage was overweight by 11 kilos. My head ran through the computations. I had to pay over PHP9,600 for a box of Ox & Palm corned beef. Way too much! But instead of giving up, I said a silent prayer, in the name of Jesus, to make it possible for me to check in my baggage without having to pay a single toea (Papua New Guinean equivalent of a cent).

After about 20 minutes, an assistant working at the check-in counter approached me. “Sir, my boss is asking you to come and check in your baggage.”

After a few questions, my baggage was accepted without me paying a single toea.

He is indeed the God of the impossible!

REFLECTION:
“All that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

Thank You, Lord, for giving us the key to answered prayers — Your name.

[This reflection was first published in Didache – May 3, 2010]

Dream House

Dream House
by Danny Tariman

“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” – Matthew 15:28

“The Lord spoke to me through your reflection — to ask in faith regarding our dream house,” emailed a lady.

She was referring to my Didache story about how the Lord enabled us to purchase a 300-square meter lot in a nice village. In my reflection, I shared how the Lord provided so we could pay for the property without obtaining a bank loan.

“I believe the Lord is telling me to just trust Him,” she added. At the time, she didn’t have enough cash for a down payment on a property they were eyeing. Now and then, she would update me.

“The agent pushed the deadline for payment.”

“We sold the condo unit we were selling.”

“My husband was promoted.”

Then one day, she emailed, “We are moving to our new house next week!”

Wow! The Lord is truly awesome!

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it shall be yours.”

This woman’s dream was granted because of her faith.

Reflection: Do you have an almost impossible desire or need that you are praying for? Ask in faith.

Lord, strengthen my faith in you. Amen.

[This reflection was first published in Didache – Aug 5, 2015]

Believe, Receive!

Believe, Receive!
by Danny Tariman

“Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

We had planned to climb Mt Daraitan one weekend. We researched on what to prepare and readied everything we need for the trek.

My family is excited to go back to the trails and climb a mountain. And this time, it is near the city, just about 70kms away.

However as early as 2 weeks before our climb, three tropical storms were spotted near the country. One after the other. It was raining hard for many days. In fact, there were floods and land slides (due soil erosion) in many provinces. Classes were suspended in the provinces and well as in the Metro.

We prayed for our trek. We prayed that the LORD will blow the rain away from our paths, that the LORD will grant us dry, “trekable” trails when we climb the mountain.

But the storm continued. Even just days before our trek, the rains kept pouring. Hard and heavy.

We continued to lift up to the LORD our prayer for a good weather for the weekend we will climb.

We checked the weather forecast for the day of our climb. The predictions were gloomy – some forecasts predicted rains, some cloudy.

We persisted in our prayers. Every family prayer time, we prayed for good weather. We believe God can make this possible despite the 3 storms spotted near the country,

We recalled how the LORD answered a similar prayer when we trekked Mt Pulag. It was also raining days before our scheduled climb. In fact, our trek organizer informed us that the mountain administrator had closed the area for trekking due to rains. But praise God in His goodness, the sun dried the paths, so that on the weekend we climbed, it was dry, and the administrators opened it up for trekkers.

We believe that the LORD can make it happen again.

Not so surprising because we anticipated God’s favor, we found the road and the trail dry. There was no trace of rain when we climbed Mt Daraitan.

As the Bible says, “believe and receive” (Mark 11:24)

We believed, and we received the answer to our prayers. Praise and thanks be to God!

Healed! An Answered Prayer

Healed! An Answered Prayer
by Danny Tariman

“Yes, I will restore you to health. I will heal your wounds. I, the LORD, affirm it!” (Jer 30:17)

For a few months, a good friend and cousin “Parekuy”, had been complaining of shortness of breath and frequent attacks of sudden weakening or fainting. He was diagnosed by medical doctors that his heart is ill, and that he needs heart-bypass operation.

The news triggered worries and anxieties, not only to his immediate family, but to his ‘extended family’ – and this includes us.

The family offered prayers for him, and invoke the Name of Jesus to bring healing upon him and that the Lord will provide for his needs for an expensive heart operation.

Last Thursday, he went “through the knife”. A team of heart surgeons performed quadruple bypass operation on him for almost 8 long hours! His wife had been updating me every now and then. We continued to storm the heavens with our prayers.

“I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate…” says the LORD, “and I will heal them.” (Isaiah 59:19)

Finally, at about half-past 4 in the afternoon, his operation was completed. It was a success! Praise be to God! He was immediately wheeled to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Heart Center for recovery and close monitoring.

Prayers were continually offered, while his family waited outside the ICU. And again, praise the Lord! His recovery was quick, he was transferred from ICU to a regular room last Sunday afternoon. His recuperation was impressive; he is able to talk and is in his full senses!

“I was sick and you took care of me… and you visited me… I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me. “(Matthew 25:36, 45)

My family visited him the Sunday evening following his surgery. We were very surprised! He can chat with us, can smile, and even crack some jokes! He had even eaten bread with us! Wow, we really thank the Lord for his speedy recovery!

Thank You LORD for hearing our prayers – for the successful heart operation and for the fast recovery, and for healing too!

Waiting, Soaring

Waiting, Soaring
by Danny Tariman

“They that hope in the Lord… will soar…” – Isaiah 40:31

In February 2007, I had an overseas job offer. The agency told me that I could leave in two to three months’ time. By mid-April, I had already submitted all the documents required so I was hoping to leave by May. But my long-awaited visa was not yet released. Excitement came as the estimated departure date drew near. But May came and I still had no visa.

Today’s verse, “They that hope,” is rendered in some versions of the Bible as, “They that wait.” Still, in some versions, the word “hope” is translated as “trust.” What this means to me is waiting in faith or “resting in expectation and patience,” as Webster defines it.

Waiting is one of the most excruciating experiences one can have. You can become impatient, irritated, hot-tempered — emotions that negate the fruit of the Spirit. But I choseto wait patiently.

Meanwhile, a local company offered me a consulting job that would pay me almost what I would earn overseas! Praying about it, I decided to forego the job abroad.

But God’s thoughts are way above mine. The overseas employer counter-offered and gave me an unexpectedly high salary.

Now that’s what I call soaring!

REFLECTION:

For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not be late. (Habakkuk 2:3)

Thank You, Lord, for the grace to wait patiently for the fulfillment of Your plan for me. Amen.

[This reflection was originally published in Didache, December 2009]

Trusting in God

Trusting in God
by Danny Tariman

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:7)

It was a usual morning.

While waiting for a ride going to my workplace, I took out my mobile phone, and read the Mass readings for the day.

In the middle of so many people at the train station, the LORD spoke to me very clearly as I read the verse above.

My heart leaped for joy because it promises blessings for those who trust in Him.

As I read the meaning of “blessed” in the dictionary, my faith is even more strengthened. It says, the word means –

“Happy; prosperous in worldly affairs; enjoying spiritual happiness and the favor of God”

Happy; prosperous in worldly affairs. This means to me that the LORD will bless my ordinary, daily endeavors, and even mundane activities! I believe He will prosper me in my workplace! He will prosper our finances. He will prosper our health. He will prosper our dealings. Yeah, even “worldly affairs”.

Enjoying spiritual happiness. For me, this means inner joy, inner peace, and happy relationships that only the LORD can give!

Enjoying the favor of God. This one really blew my mind: favor of God! Imagine enjoying God’s favor! This means “rugged roads” are smoothened, “mountains” are flattened, “zigzag paths” are made straight… all for me to enjoy God’s favor! The word “favor” means goodness, kindness, or goodwill granted!

I remember experiencing God’s favor at the airport recently. In December when passenger traffic was at its peak, my family were to board a plane to Mindanao. The queue was so long with thousands of passengers lining to check-in. The entire situation was becoming chaotic. But God in His goodness, we were led to a much better way, a very fast check-in process which only few passengers noticed: an online check-in counter within the departure area. In few minutes, we were processed without the long queue! That’s the favor of God – He made our zigzag path straight!

But this promise has a condition: I have to trust in the LORD.

Trust means the confidence that we put in the LORD. It means too our full reliance on Him.

Yes, I continue to put my trust in the LORD. And I know, my dreams will come true, in His time.

I pray that you too, will experience His blessings today, as you put your trust in Him!