Jesus Lead Me All the Way

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I remember my freshman year in college. We were always asked why we chose the program we did. Some said it was because it was their childhood dream, a high-paying career, or simply, a family legacy. But when it was my turn to answer, believe me, I was sweating because, honestly, I do not know why I chose a Bachelor of Science in Office Administration in the first place! It was not really my plan. It was the outcome of my parents’ choosing because I did not have any idea.

From that time on, I felt like I was walking blindly, with no set goal at all. It frustrated me even more when some students, who thought their course was superior to others, would let me feel that what they were studying was more noble and prestigious than mine. Some students even dared to tell me that I should change my mind at the earliest possible time and transfer to a different program because, for them, clerical work was not worth a four-year course! Since that day, the bathroom literally became my companion when I was in tears. I was ashamed and embarrassed.

However, before my shame could take over and push me to drop the semester, I found friends who diverted my attention to God. They invited me to join religious organizations, Bible studies, prayer sessions, and community out-reach programs. I never really knew Him then, even though I was born in a Christian family, but I am blessed that I was led to meet Him along the way when I was struggling. And because I became so engrossed in knowing the Lord, I forgot all my frustrations and doubts. God has charmed away all my troubling thoughts. And through all those years, God walked with me even up to the time I had to take our on-the-job training (OJT) for two months, just before graduation.

My batchmates planned to have the same place for the OJT. I tried to go with them but God intervened through my parents, and they suggested having it in the House of Representatives (HRep) instead, since it was nearer to our place. I obeyed, and the HRep human resource personnel accepted and assigned me to the Human Resource Management Service (HRMS).

Customarily, trainees have their practicum in only a single office until they finish their required hours. But not in my case. It was a busy month in the HRep at that time. The most awaited-annual-presidential address was nearing. Everybody seemed to be preoccupied with preparing the House for his excellency. And when I was still in awe and overwhelmed at the place where I was, my immediate supervisor called our attention and announced that they needed to transfer one trainee to help the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), the secretary of the Speaker of the House. And to my surprise, I was picked among the rest of the trainees and transferred. I was completely ignorant of what was going on. Why does it have to be me?

The human resource personnel led me to my new office assignment. My hair raised just as I entered the office. I was not sure from where my sweats were coming from since the air conditioner was in its full blast. But still, I calmed myself and just recognized that this was an act of God. I gave my best for the Lord and just left everything else in His guiding hands during the period of the training. So, to make the story short, I was able to spend half of my training period in the OSG which led me to a far greater employment opportunity and a wider scope of influence and ministry afterward.

After graduation, I was still doubtful if I could land a job right away without compromising my faith. But before I knew it, God had already prepared everything for me. I submitted my application to the HRMS, HRep. I remember while I was in the waiting area, a woman sat beside me. She was also holding her application forms. And I got to know that she must have been applying for a higher echelon position when someone congratulated her for passing the bar exam. I got goosebumps. I looked at her with admiration while I pitifully asked myself: Who am I?

Unbelief filled my mind once again. I mean: Who am I really? I am just a fresh graduate; I do not have any prior experience. What are my chances of getting a job in the government? Surely, I have nothing to brag about. All I know is that I am just a lady who put her trust in the Lord; I am just a child of God. But wait; Does it sound powerful? That makes a lot of difference! I am not just a somebody! I have my own peculiar identity, and that is, I am a daughter of a King!

I got a startling message from one of the staff of the OSG, and she informed me that because of the transition of leadership in the House, the incumbent Secretary General (SecGen) had to vacate the office, and it dazed me all the more to know that the one who replaced the SecGen temporarily was the instrument God was going to use to usher His daughter all the way up to the august chamber of the House!

Few weeks after, the new SecGen, whom I used to be with back when I was a trainee, messaged me just to tell me that I was going to start in his office sooner! All of my doubts were whisked away! Indeed, everything works together for good for those who love God! And since that day God landed me at my first employment, He never fails to sustain me, even up to this date.

My dear readers, what a wonderful God we are serving. Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that a life of affluence and success does not lie on mere luck or on our credentials, neither is it solely a product of good planning, but most of the time, success lies in the hand of the One Whom we believed.

Yes, those are essential, but relying on those alone can sometimes be dangerous. It will lead to an evil called – selfreliance. And whoever attempts to anchor the future on those happenings runs the risk of failing in the end. Settling on what self can do is not even half the preparation for the battle. It is just a fragment in the formula of success. The realization of our desires comes when our finite hands hold the Infinite’s. Success comes when we learn to surrender our will to the Omnipotent and trust in His amazing ways.

One has not allowed God to rule his life yet until he learns that everything should be given up. I say this my dear friends in the hope that somebody will be woken up from his sugarcoat myths that life does well without God. Friends, we need the Lord. And because of what I have experienced, I am certain that no matter how the uncertainties of life obscure the pathway, God will lead us faithfully.

As my favorite hymn sings: All the way my Savior lead me; what I have to ask beside?

Can I doubt His tender mercy, who thro’ life has been my guide?

Heav’nly peace divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!

For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well;

For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

Today, I challenge you to come out from your lowly dungeon and be freed from the cruel anxieties that bind you. Go out and seize God’s hands! Expose yourself to the world of faith and miracles! And I will pray that one that day I will hear you sing this song of deliverance with a triumphant heart: This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV

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