For OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), going to airport will either be a means of hope of meeting and being with their families again or might be a heart-rending setting of being away from their love ones for another time.
Yesterday (Sep 21), my tito went back to Korea after having his 2-week vacation here in Philippines. I’m pretty sure he made every minute count with his family and with us, his relatives. However, his last day in here wasn’t much as good as the other days. Perhaps, he was already thinking of being away again for a year and a half. I don’t know but I really saw that extreme sadness as I was taking a rest near him due to stomach pain. He was quiet. When everything got packed up, we head straight to the airport. We dropped them off at the terminal and my brother accompanied my tito and his family. I was left in the car (because again, stomach pain -_- ). After waiting for a short time, we fetch my tito’s family then we went straight to Luneta Park to chill out or to just simmer down or so. We were quite noisy inside the car but everything really wasn’t much fine. It was something.
My tito won’t tell it but his actions unfolded that extreme sadness, of being gradually tormented by the truth of being away again from his family. Of course, I didn’t realize it at first. But that reality of being separated albeit temporary still causes great pain on the inside; sometimes, manifested outwardly.
As I was about to have my quiet time with the Lord, I was abruptly disturbed by questions: Do they really have to be away? Why can’t they stay here? We have here a lot of job offers naman. I believe God has his reasons and purpose for everything. While those questions were still on my mind, answers were already there. The latter has already arrived before I thought of the former. And it all directed me to Jesus.
Jesus had also experienced the pain of being away from His father.
“Abba, Abba, why have you forsaken me?” – Jesus
God has planned it all ahead of time before the separation ever happened. Jesus became flesh. Meaning, he was physically away from His Father. Jesus had his yolo days too. He perfected the law. YOLO. However, he must also face the agonizing reality.
“My appointed time is near.” He said.
We knew what happened. Jesus was crucified on the cross to make the greatest substitution of all time; exchange his perfectness with our gross shameful imperfection.
BUT… PERO.. NGUNIT… SUBALIT.. DATAPWA’T… HOWEVER..
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus prayed this prayer not just once, not twice, but thrice. He knew how painful it would be to be separated from His father because of our sins.
In our present time, we would hear people asking for prayers to their friends and closed ones who they believed are “close to God” to pray for them. Such reality exposes the truth of being spiritually, emotionally, and mentally away from God because of sin. Sin destroys relationships with people, and so does with God.
God knows how it hurts to be separated from our loved ones for He experienced it Himself with His Son being crucified at the cross, bearing the sin of humanity so as to save the world and be reconciled to Him once more.
After being deep in thought of all these things: from tito’s departure to Jesus’ divine substitution, it just boils me down to one thing: HE EXPERIENCED IT ALL AND SO HE UNDERSTANDS.
Everything has its perfect timing.
There’s a time when to scatter stones and when to gather them.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”- The Teacher, Son Of David, SOLOMON.