The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him. (Ps 28:7)
Have you ever experience a time where you are physically and emotionally drained and you couldn’t pray because mentally you are tired as well? (Like there is a lot on your mind?) Then out of the blue, you spoke in tongues and your spirit begun to pray rather than your body?
I had a lot of experiences like that. But it was a long time ago.
And then earlier, when I woke up to pray… I’ve experienced it again. I couldn’t control myself I was praying and crying in the spirit. And as I was doing that, I could feel my strength coming back and when I opened my Bible, it led me to the verse of Psalm 28:7.
Indeed, our Strength comes only from God.
While sharing this, I remembered another testimony. This happened last year, when I went to CFO (Commission on Filipino Overseas) in Manila. This is the final step to go to before you can exit the Philippines. (without their stamp on your passport and certificate, even if you have VISA, you cannot leave the country). So I was from pampanga and I had to hire a driver and a car to go to Manila and it cost around ₱4000 ($185) per day (gas and food not included).
So my seminar and interview was around 1pm. I was there at exactly 1pm and waited for my name to be called (after answering all the papers that they gave to me) Then all of the sudden, one employee came out of the room and said, “we are sorry, but you all needed to come back tomorrow because the 9am group was full. So we had to accomodate some of them this time. Come back tomorrow at 9am. Thank you”
Hearing that, my shoulders fell and I felt tired all of the sudden… I just sat there and I could hear some complaints from other people saying that was so unfair, they came from far away places and they had to go back (some are from Visayas, which was even far away from where I came from, you have to ride a bus for more than six hours). But aside from those complaints, I kept thinking… “so I had to pay another ₱4000 tomorrow? If I have to come back?” I was staring at my phone thinking who should I call first? My fiance (now my husband) or the driver to pick me up?
Then I realized, I was already alone inside the room. I controlled the tears that was about to come out of my eyes… and then I asked God for strength. Then I heard a voice saying, “Everything will be alright, I am in control.”
So I stood up, and was about to call the driver to pick me up when all of the sudden, a lady came out of the other room and said, “are you here for the seminar?” I replied, “Yes, but I will come back tomorrow because one of the staff said, this seminar is already full.” Then she said, “No, its okay, you can take the seminar today, come inside. Did you fill out the papers?” and I just nodded. Then she smiled at me, “So come inside, if they ask you, tell them I sent you there,” then she said her name (I forgot her name already hehe) then before she dissapeared, she told me. “Everything will be alright, I am in control”.
My jaw dropped but after a few seconds, I straightly went inside the seminar room, a staff asked me who gave me the permission to attend the seminar, I said the name of the staff and she welcomed me and gave me a chair. Then later, I found out the staff lady who gave me permission was a consul and the speaker of the seminar.
So I was able to attend the seminar and interview, and got my exit certificate and a stamp on my passport… but the best part? I didnt have to pay another ₱4000 for another day.
So what did I learned about this testimony? That God gives us strength and He always makes a way for His children.
How wonderful our God is!