Gift Box

(from left to right: Robi, Yong, myself, Christian, Vivoree, Kisses, May May and Edward)

(from left to right: Robi, Yong, myself, Christian, Vivoree, Kisses, May May and Edward)

We were all once children, and still have that child dwelling within us. As God’s children, we are blessed to be in His care. He is a Father that knows what is best for us. Now that we’re about to celebrate the birth of His Son, Jesus Christ, I bet we’re all excited no matter how old we are!

What makes Jesus’ birthday day celebration so unique? It is because He is the GIVER of gifts and we are His beloved RECEIVER.

(the scene were PBB stars came to our house and surprised us.)

(the scene were PBB stars came to our house and surprised us.)

Let me share with you my own “Jesus Experience”.

One of my long time wishes has been granted just a couple of days ago. It is my great dream to be part of a famous reality show in the Philippines, were contestants called “housemates” live together in a specially-constructed house that is isolated from the outside world. I didn’t make it on my first audition last 2007 and tried again last May this year. A lot of my friends and family members were a bit surprised with my courageous decision. I am an OFW who works in a personally rewarding school as an Art teacher for special kids. I sacrificed my stable job for 8 years to try my luck of becoming a “housemate” of “KUYA” this season. I left my job in the Middle East and went home in the Philippines for that reason. Upon arriving in our home country, I tried all humane ways so I can be part of it but I failed again for the second time.

(my dad during the video recording)

(my dad during the video recording)

I had the choice of ASKING God WHY it happened despite of my consistent and specific prayer, but I CHOSE the BETTER part. Like a child, I gave my full trust to our Father, offered all my imperfections, embraced His will and surrendered everything to Him. 8 months after I went home, I got an unexpected call from a staff of the TV network. They asked my background and other random information about my family. Right after a series of conversation, they scheduled a visit to my house. A lot of things played on my mind but I kept calm. It was a weekend when they fetched me from my work and brought me to our hometown. Just when I thought that He didn’t HEAR my prayers, I was surprised by the stars of the reality show! They came to our house and mingled with me and my family! They even brought some gifts and treats. I thought I was just dreaming but it was real. They hugged, kissed and talked to me like close friends.

(Our quick collab painting with the PBB lucky teens MayMay, Kisses, Vivoree ,Yong ,Christian and Edward. They also put their thumb marks on it.)

(Our quick collab painting with the PBB lucky teens MayMay, Kisses, Vivoree ,Yong ,Christian and Edward. They also put their thumb marks on it.)

“THE LORD MOVES IN SWEET AND MYSTERIOUS WAYS”. That best describes my experience. SOMETIMES THE GIFT THAT WE WISH FOR WILL NOT BE GIVEN ON OUR PREFERRED TIME AND FORM. GOD’S WISDOM IS HIGHER THAN OURS. I may not be inside the Big Brother house, but the Lord sent some of “Kuya’s housemates” to our house so I can experience the same feeling. It’s like the Lord granted the GIFT that I wanted so much but presented it in a more MEMORABLE and unique manner. GOD SOMETIMES GIVES US WHAT WE NEED RATHER THAN WHAT WE WANT, sometimes it is best not to ask questions and try to go against the flow that God brings to our life, it is better to look up and say “I KNOW YOU GOT THIS LORD”, let go and keep the FAITH.

The bible clearly stated how great our God is and His love for us. WE ARE WHERE GOD WANTS US TO BE because He knows what is best for us!

All praises and glory to God.

By Haven Hamilton Villapando

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