Resilience Is Not Enough

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We Filipinos has this enduring relationship with resilience. In every crisis that came to this country, be it a typhoon or earthquake, we are known to manage to rise above these challenges. We can, in any circumstances, put up a smile and show the world that despite these challenges we have hope. Resilience sparks this hope in every Filipino heart. Over and over again as crisis comes and go, Pinoys are resilient.

It’s an inspiring thing to see our fellowmen stand through rough times. We read stories upon stories of wins that we can unearthed in the rubbles of uncertainty. I enjoy those video, photos and articles that celebrate the spirit of resilience. Songs were wrote about rising above the challenge of COVID19. We always find a way to be hopeful and share that enthusiasm with others. Even how we are doing online selling from food to facemask, are small coils to keep the fire of hope burning. That is resilience, Pinoy style!

However, resiliency is not enough. Not that it doesn’t get us through the pandemic or inspire us. We’ll it does but like anything in this world, it’s fleeting. Therefore, resiliency though sparks a fire within us, is just a flickering candle light in the midst of a stormy wind. We need something more that will over come the hard wind and beyond.

We believe that this pandemic will not last. We are hopeful that the cases of infected persons will subside. We are praying that the government will flatten the curve and that the death toll will decrease. But what if, it doesn’t?  What if we can’t see the end of this virus? It’s possible that the cases will increase. What if this pandemic go on for a couple of months or even a year? What if it’s God’s will to prolong this crisis?

In his latest book, Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper points us not to place our hope in on something fleeting but to something that is sure and solid:

…this is a time when the fragile form of this world is felt. The seemingly solid foundations are shaking. The question we should be asking is, Do we have a Rock under our feet? A Rock that cannot be shaken—ever.

“…playing the odds is a fragile place to put your hope. Odds like 3 percent versus 10 percent, youth versus old age, compromised health versus no history of disease, rural versus urban, self-isolated versus home meeting with friends. Playing the odds provides little hope. It is not a firm place to stand.
There is a better way. There is a better place to stand: a Rock of certainty rather than the sand of probabilities.”

Piper further expounds this indespensible Rock that we should stand:

“The Rock I stand on (and want you to stand on) is the Rock of God’s action in the world now, and forever. “If the Lord wills,” the Bible says, “we will live.” That’s about as involved now as you can get. Not just, “Whether you live or die, you will be with God,” but also, “God will decide if you live or die—now.”
And not just live or die. He’s even more involved than that. “If the Lord wills, we will . . . do this or that.” Nothing is excluded from “this or that.” He is totally involved. Totally. This health, or that sickness. This economic collapse, or that recovery. This breath, or not.”

“God could have said (which he did later), “Fear not. Whether you live or die, you will be with me. And in the meantime, while you live, nothing will happen to you—nothing!—that I do not appoint. If I decide, you will live. If I decide, you will die. And until you die at my decision, I will decide if you do this or that. Get to work.”
This is my Rock—for today, tomorrow and eternity.”

Let us all come to that Rock that goes beyond this pandemic.

“Lord, I seek refuge in you; let me never be disgraced. Save me by your righteousness.
 Listen closely to me; rescue me quickly.
Be a rock of refuge for me, a mountain fortress to save me.
For you are my rock and my fortress;
you lead and guide me for your name’s sake.” — Psalms 31: 1-3

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