It was not your typical planned coffeebreak at Starbucks. We - Ma'am Shirley and I - just wanted to drop by to check out some tumblers. I said, "There is no Starbucks in Bohol."
I am going back home in 5 days to stay there for God-knows-how-long.
"Really? Why don't we sit awhile and have some drink?" - She said.
(I wondered if it's unfortunate for a place to not have a Starbucks.)
In a conversation between two people, two worlds meet - colors blend, melodies form music. A story is made. She is twice my age. She could have been my mother - but she never looks like it. We wonder what has kept her young-looking.
Perhaps, joy and peace have a way of bringing out the youth in one. She has those two. Somehow, I have had a glimpse of the things that made her cry. She gets lonely at times, of course. But at the core of her sad moments is a certain stillness - a stability - one coming from the Lord.
Peace is contagious, they say - but when two peaceful hearts come together - it is a fireworks moment. Call it the joy of fellowship, the essence of community.
It is by simple, unexpected moments like this when certain personal impressions are made real. You hear it from somebody else. They make it clear to you how blessed you are and how exciting walking with the Lord is.
Moments like this have a way of confirming certain convictions and values, like removing cobwebs from your mind and making the future look brighter.
Fellowships like this surface your differences - but that it should all the more explain your friendship and strengthen it.
Life is full of surprises. Sometimes events confirm Murphy's Law. Sometimes, life takes its toll on us. But that's not the end of the story. The truth is - there is victory in this life. For us, we cling to this verse:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
The surprise can be something you will really like. It can come from an unexpected moment that has sprung from a seemingly sad reality or event - a talk that will help make things make sense - a talk that will come us a light-bulb moment in the future - a talk that will change your life forever.
There is no Starbucks in Bohol and that has been a blessing. There are no unfortunate realities, only opportunities.