How strong is your faith in the Lord?
When you’re faced with difficulties, would you still trust Him? Or you’ll just trust him in good times?
This story is to remind you to trust the Lord always, in good and bad times. Read on and be ready to be blessed.
Personal and Career Backgrounds
I am Dexter Manawatao, eldest of 4 siblings. My father is an elementary undergraduate and works as a personal driver while my mother is a 2-year vocational graduate and managing our small family business. I always dream to be successful in my chosen field and also to work and live abroad.
By the way, I am a nurse by profession.
I grew up in a family wherein my parents were busy managing our small business. We had a bakery and sari-sari store. This helped us support our daily needs until college. And fortunately, my parents were able to secure me a college educational plan when I’m still young. I was able to use it for a year at Ateneo de Davao University taking up Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Sadly, I am not doing well in school and for the first time ever in my school life, I failed in some subjects. Hence, I decided to transfer to Brokenshire College and took up Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I’m looking forward to passing the board exam, work in the Philippines to gain experience and if luck would be on my side, be able to work in another country as a nurse.
The Trying Times
On my 2nd year in nursing, my college educational plan declared bankruptcy and they came up with the refund scheme to continue their obligation on me. My parents started paying my tuition fees and all the receipts will be forwarded to the company and yet their promise of refund took time. Slowly our business capital was spent on my tuition and allowances, knowing well how expensive is the nursing course. Our business was in a bad situation during this time too because of stiff competition.
On my 3rd year in nursing, 2 of my siblings were already in college taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing too. One was in the same school with me while the other one was at University of Mindanao. Tuition expenses and allowances soared high – triple times. With losing customers and decreasing income, our parents resorted to lending “arawan” to sustain our needs in school.
During my 4th year, my brother decided to stop to ease the expenses and worked in a fast food chain to help my parents and to give way for me to finish college. It was very tough this time. My parents found it hard to support me fully on my allowances in out of town duties. To sustain my needs, I accepted any help from my classmates, may it be a free meal or snacks. In return, I helped them in their duties and studies. With all of these efforts, I was able to pull it over. I graduated last April 25, 2006, in which my parents were very proud of me.
After graduation, there were 3 months rest before the start of the review for the board exam. To prepare myself for the review, I started reading my books. One of my college friends became my study buddy and I went to their home in scheduled time and day. When I am there, somehow my breakfast, lunch, and even dinner were already provided. I am very thankful for them.
Finally, the board exam review started and it ran for 4 months. All those days, my family sacrificed a lot for me. They never informed me of our real situation. Every time I went home every weekend, my father will cook delicious food upon my request. And if I’m not at home, their everyday food was a problem because they already had no money. But every time I asked for allowance in the middle of the week, my father can provide me immediately.
The board exam has passed and the result was released more than a month after. The agony of waiting for the results and the dilemma of “what ifs” started creeping within my friends but not me. I didn’t tell anyone about this but there was unexplainable serenity, positivity, and a full assurance within me that I will pass the board exam. There were many nights that my friends were just waiting in a café hoping that the results will be released.
The Worth of Sacrifices
On the night when the board exam results were released, I got a text message from my friend informing me about it. I didn’t go to the internet café to check for the results but I just slept in my room. When I woke up the next day, my phone inbox was full of messages because I passed the exam and all of them congratulated me. That’s the reason I didn’t have any newspaper wherein you can find the printed names of successful takers.
My family thought that they can deceive me about our real situation. Yet they were wrong. I am fully aware of the things that were happening. Yes, I am affected with our situation because it never came in my mind that we will be on that kind of hardship. I graduated from college and that my parents have liabilities of more than 100,000 pesos to pay to a bank and to an individual.
But all those days, I trusted my Lord. In our trouble, I prayed to Him. I leaned on Him and I cried on Him. He was my God whom I can rely upon. In my misery within, in our darkest moment, I drew more closely to Him.
In those times of hardships and storms, His words resonated within my whole being. And you can find these words in Proverbs 3:5 where it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
I simply trusted Him. I allowed Him to take control of our situation and I just did what I am ought to do: To study hard and pass the board exam.
To cut the long story short, ten (10) fruitful years has passed and I worked for a different type of decent jobs in order to give back all the sacrifices my parents did for me. With God’s grace, I was able to fulfill my commitment to help them in all ways I can.
I was able to help my parents to pay our liabilities at the same time able to send my brother back to college who stopped for a while and supported his expenses and allowances. He graduated BS Nursing, passed the board exam and currently working as Prison Guard in Davao Prison and Penal Farm. He is happily married with 2 beautiful and smart daughters. My sister took and finish 2 year HRM course in AMA and lastly our youngest brother graduated BS Civil Engineering.
Currently, I am residing here in Abu Dhabi, UAE, together with our youngest brother, working as Quality Assistant in one of the leading home care companies here. Our company was awarded the Joint Commission International’s Golden Seal of Approval after successfully meeting all accreditation requirements. Not to brag about this, our company is one of the pioneer home care companies to receive accreditation among similar facilities across the GCC.
And now, I am taking another journey of my career as a Quality Practitioner in the healthcare industry.
Imagine if I didn’t trust God and just let myself be swayed by our circumstances, I won’t be here victorious. Whatever challenges and difficulties you are facing now, remember that God is always there to help and to move mountains for you. Trust and do not falter on your faith. You have a GOD, BIGGER than your problem. You should be trusting the Lord in good and bad times.
Let me end with this verse from Jeremiah 17:7-8;
“But blessed is the one who trust in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that seeds out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes, its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year for drought and never fails to bear fruit”.
God bless you!
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