“There is a time for everything and a season to every activity under the heaven”. This is a verse from the Bible which has really encouraged and helped me for God to rule my life. His plan is better than mine.
For so many years I became quiet and stopped exchanging thoughts in social media. I decided to live in private as I learned how to listen to God’s voice. I enjoy being a Choleric-Melancholic person, a person who leads and at the same time a person who can work alone.
But that’s not quite the end of the story of my life, it is just a point percent of it. A changing life is not easy. Many people say it’s like lying on a bed of roses and I say yes it is! It’s like lying on a bed of roses full of thorns! Problems may be there but God is always present in every situation. Many of our newer Katinig’s may not know me. Please allow me to introduce myself. It was in year 2013 when someone invited me to join Tinig Pinoy Radio. I was working in Macau that time. At first medyo nahihiya pa ako but later on kahit mga tulog na ang iba ang ingay-ingay ko pa rin sa wall ng TPR. On Philippine time, lagi akong may kausap sa TPR page until DJ “Inay” Regs wakes up gising pa rin ako and still be talking to our other Katinig! I was called BUNSO ng TPR. I was one of the first TPR Admins and, hahaha, one of the first batch of TPR members who joined the Calendar Girl where I was voted “Best in Talent.” Wala pang prize money involved noon pero talagang grabe yung labanan kahit walang perang papanalunan, ha-ha-ha, because we really enjoyed being part of it! We truly enjoyed the camarederie in TPR.
But life goes on. In year 2015, I decided to stop my activities with TPR because of so many things that happened in my life. I went back home and I would not have imagined it to be for good. It is God’s calling! A month ago after so many years and praying, God answered me in Isaiah 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” and I responded and said, “Here am I, send me.” He sent me to the Bible School where I stayed and studied for almost 5 years. I graduated at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministry “Bachelor of Theology” and the Kath known before has transformed into the Kath of today! Binago ako ng Diyos! Mas pinalaki nya ang puso ko para sa mga tao, para magmahal ng totoo ng walang pinipili. This is what I have been saying all along – “there is a time for everything.”
Nguni’t muli akong hinamon ng mundo. 2023 proved to be a difficult year in my life: I’ve been diagnosed with high risk diabetes; that there is a hole in my heart (the aorta) and that there is a tumor in my stomach that needs an operation as soon as possible. It was a scary feeling. There came a time when I wanted to end my life because of the hurt and the feeling of facing this dire situation alone!. But God reminded me again that I need to trust His word. I really need Him more than anything! As I served the Lord for 11 years since I surrendered my life to follow Him, He never left me nor forsaken me, He is Immanuel!
Sometimes we do not recognize His presence. We just lean on our own understanding and forget God to allow Him to move in our midst. I want to encourage everyone to not give up on the things that hurt us. Just surrender your life to Him, and let God fight your battle.!
I’ve fought mine, hope you fight yours too! God bless.
Note: Kath Cabrera has contributed articles that contain her own poetry and essays of her musings in Tinig Pinoy Radio’s website years ago. We welcome back “Bunso” Kath to TPR and enjoin everybody to say hello to her.