I booked a Grab to the Quezon City Central Post Office where I would claim my long overdue order from a shop abroad. After verifying my drop-off location, the driver asked, "CFC ka po, Ma'am?"
I answered, "SFC po Kuya pero sa CFC po ako nag-wo-work."
"Ahh. CFC din po ako dati." He replied. And the story begins.
Tito Ed graduated from the Christian Life Program (the entry point to CFC) sometime in 2002 (actually, he wasn't sure if it was 2002 or 2003). At that time, he was actively serving in their parish in Fairview. He and his wife are no longer active members of the community but according to him, he has one fond memory about CFC that he will bring with him for as long as he lives.
During their CLP graduation, they were given a Bible, a songbook, and a sticker (yep, I also got those items when I graduated from the CLP). He still have them up to now. But the sticker is special. When Tito Ed got it, he made a promise not to use it until they have a house of their own. "Ididikit ko lang ito pag may sarili na akong bahay." He swore. Back then, they were just living with a relative. He took very good care of the sticker and he even advised his children not to play with it.
Years passed, and they were still tenants. But Tito Ed did not give up on his promise. He continued to trust that God will give him what he had been praying for. After all, as what he said, "wala pa naman akong ipinagdasal na hindi dininig ng Diyos."
And so in 2010, the Lord heard and answered his prayer and they were finally able to move in to their new home. (Of course Tito Ed worked hard all those years, he didn't just wait for God to "drop" the house from heaven. Sabi nga sa Filipino, "Nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa.") True to his promise, it was only then that he did use the CFC sticker. And up to this day, the sticker remains a symbol of God's faithfulness to him and his family.
Tito Ed said he did not wish for a life of luxury. He only wants a simple life with just enough provisions. And the Lord has never failed to provide everything that they need.
What are you praying for? Have you been waiting for so long? Don't lose hope. Don't give up. Know the Lord is good and He always wants the best for us. He has the most beautiful plan. Just wait. And see. ♥
And while you wait, strive to be better, work hard, pray hard, wait with grace. ♥
P.S. The title of this post came from Tito Ed himself. Sabi niya, kung ma-feature daw sa MMK ang buhay niya, ang title daw ay STICKER. That's how important that CFC sticker is to his life. :)