The Gift

18 Nov

the-gift-01Two weeks ago, I was absolutely strapped for cash. For the first time in a really long time, I lost track of all my spending and ended up not having a lot to spare. Yes, it would have been very easy to ask my husband for more money, and I know he would have found a way to give it too, even if it hurts (he is that kind, thank You, Lord), BUT having just a smidgen of pride left, I decided not to. I thought that since I created this problem, I ought to learn from it. For the next two weeks, I decided, I would have to be content with having less than P300 in my pocket, and I would have to tighten my finances and curb any impulse to buy anything.

It sounds rather silly, thinking about my predicament, especially since so many people in our country actually do subsist on so much less. I think that was what put it in perspective for me. And so, while this little worrying thought (the persistent what-if?) nagged at the back of my head, I was able to put it aside and not dwell too much on it.

One Friday, as I did my normal thrice-weekly run, I was drawn to a chapel along my route. I heard voices singing and I felt compelled to come in to listen to mass. When Offertory came, I got what I was carrying on me (PhP200) and dropped half in the collections basket. “God, please, just take care of me,” I whispered a silent prayer. As mass ended, I felt incredibly lighter and worry-free. For the first time in days, I could even smile about my last P100 bill.

When I got home that day, my inbox was filled with news of sales and new items for Hello Kitty collectors. I enjoyed looking at them as I browsed through pictures. I opened my network accounts, reading through news of friends and relatives. One item caught my eye and I hurriedly clicked on the link. One of my generous friends, Sonia, had held a special raffle of Hello Kitty items in honor of her birthday, and to my surprise, I had won! First prize, can you imagine that!

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I’ve never really been lucky in games of chance and  raffles; I’ve never won anything remotely interesting in my life from any of them (well, except for a golf cap I got as 15th consolation prize  from a Tropical Hut promo when I was 13), so this was both a blessing and a surprise. I was so giddy  with excitement that I called everyone in the house and showed them the lovely HK cosmetic carry case I had won. We jumped up and down and shrieked and laughed. Judging from our reactions, you’d think I’d have won the lotto.

That night, before I went to bed, I thought about how God really took care of me that day. Of how he gave me a gift to remind me that His love heals all worries. My troubles seem silly and petty when seen against the backdrop of the world’s greater problems, but I think of this incident as a little nudge from God, reminding me to be faithful.

So thank you, dear Sonia, for your generous gesture of sharing. And thank you, dear Lord, always, for Your gifts of friends and love in my life always.

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6 Responses to “The Gift”

  1. cynthia November 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    congrats sis =)…i won the 3rd price in that raffle….i too feel blessed =)

    Thanks for dropping by, Cynthia! 🙂 ~♥Kittymama

  2. Vivi November 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm #

    Awww… 🙂

    It’s really great that God always shows His Love to us every single day, if only we took time out to “feel” it, then there would be no cause for worries. 🙂

    Congrats sis! :*

    Thanks, Vivi! I forgot to tell the story of the “detour” pa pala, hehe. 🙂 ~♥Kittymama

  3. manggy November 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm #

    I don’t usually do this, but this verse is brought to mind: Matthew 6:25-34 🙂 God bless, Kittymama, and I LOL at just imagining you jumping around for more Holle Kitte stuff like a million bucks!

    I like that verse, too, though sometimes, I forget about God’s reassurance in all the worrying. I have to stop controlling things all the time and just let God take over. Thank you, dear friend. Your friendship (as well as your nice comments, hehe) is a blessing too. ~♥Kittymama

  4. Charelle November 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Aww! 🙂

    That’s so touching. :3

    Now I feel like thanking God too. @-) It’s been a long time since I last thanked Him. 😐 Thank you for posting this! Now I can pray to God again and remember all the blessings that He gave me. Thank you again Tita Pinky! :))

  5. leirs November 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    congrats!!!! God is good all the time.

  6. julie November 20, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    Congratulations! 🙂

    Sometimes God tests us in ways we could never imagine, we just need to be more attuned with our feelings, and our faith.

    I would have been ecstatic too, you know 🙂

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