*hands out floats for those who can’t swim ‘cos deep, deep profound post (aka boring one) coming. XXXL one*
LAST YEAR ADVENT
I found this old post on Advent which I wrote last year. We call the four weeks before Christmas the season of Advent. I read through my old post and noted that last year, there was this SMS rumour going around that the sailor Datuk Azhar was going to be baptised as a Catholic in the church in Silibin, Ipoh. I wonder if you guys still remember the ugly scene where people protested outside the church? It was just a fake SMS and at that time, the church’s 9 years old kids were actually celebrating their first Holy Communion. Kinda stupid, now that I look back at how people are so fearful of things.
Fast forward, this year, it is the season of Advent again. The three purple candles and one pink candle are on the altar. Week by week, the priest will light one purple candle and on the third week, the pink candle will be lighted to mark Gaudette. Rejoice.
DON’T RELY ON FAITH ALONE
Something struck me just now when I was sitting there, trying to pray. Yayaya, trying to pray. I realize that we cannot rely on faith alone in our life. Actually, I notice someone whom has been known to be loaded with problems. She relied very heavily on faith and even when things are very bad for her, she will have that forlorn, sad, torn and broken looks on her face and said something like she will keep praying.
I think we are not giving God enough credit if we keep pushing the buck to Him. I think, if I am God, I would want my subjects to be tougher, smarter, cunning and innovative instead of keeping pushing the responsibilities to ‘I shall leave it in God’s hands.’
GOT BRAINS? USE IT!
I don’t know, I just feel very sure that is how God would want me to do. Then again, I am probably one of the few blessed people who have very little worries even when times are very tough. Like for example, two months ago, my dear hubby wasn’t working and to us, i.e. my kids, hubby and I, we see it as an opportunity to enjoy life to the max because he has so much time to spend with us. But to his siblings, it was like end of the world and they called a few times to keep asking if he has a job already. Doh!
As far as I am concerned, God will give us our daily bread and when the right time comes, hubby will get back to work (and leave me in peace to attend to my blogs). And no, I don’t pray and pray and pray and ask and ask and ask God to give him work. LOL, I only ask Jesus to grant me patience to stand his ‘auditing’ of my stuffs at home. LOL. Si beh tahan to have this man checking all the stuffs in my fridge for their expiry dates. *roll eyes*
I think that’s the difference between a person in Christ and a person (the inlaws lah) who needs to rely on their own navigation. But there is another extreme to us human, and that’s the one where they die-die rely on God and failed to see the lighter side of life and take control of their own life.
THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Meanwhile, I read in our Catholic weekly paper about the movie The Golden Compass and this fellow by the name of Tim Peters was making a loud call to parents not to allow their children to watch the movie because it has dark elements to influence them to become atheists. Mr. Tim here said it will corrupt their minds. Though I was in church, I was like, WTF! Face it, every single day, every single thing challenge us parents in bringing up our children. How long can we shield our children that way? Let’s take the bull by the horn and talk with our children about it instead of running away? “Let’s go, kids! We watch together gather and mommy will teach you about faith instead of being fearful.”
DON’T DEMAND TOO MUCH FROM GOD
So yeah, I guess that’s the message for the season. Chill it, trust God but don’t order Him too much to do stuffs for you. You got your own brains and limbs, go handle it yourself.