Lunes, Nobyembre 24, 2014

Gethsemane Prayer Mountain Experience

"Six in the morning was the call time, I woke up 7:45 and grace was all over me."

Our youth organization Area 5 Section 3 STDCCA was supposed to held our year-end meeting and 2015 vision casting and planning at  Gethsemane Prayer Mountain in Rodriguez, Rizal. But due to unlike circumstances such as unavailability, unresponsiveness and late, the meeting was moved to Jesus Unlimited God in San Mateo, Rizal.

I was certain I set the alarm of the my phone at 5:30 am. But, I was in a deep slumber and glued in bed. I freaked out upon checking my unreliable phone, it was 7:45 am. I am late and received more than ten sms and several missed calls. I'm doomed!

But God's grace was all around me. I was informed that the meeting was moved to another place, to our church. Of course, my bully co-leaders would scold me. But, grace prevails! Thank you Jesus!

L- Me (with the big fez), Anthony and the girl behind (forgive me, I forgot her name). R- Kuya Jim and our new found leader from Marikina, John Christian. **Pastor Mark was doing something so he missed the selfie. Hehehe**

But that was just an introduction of my adventurous and amazing Saturday. Kuya Jim and I left for Gethsemane at 12:15 pm with strong faith that we'll be able to catch up the service van by 12:30 pm but we're not able to get in time. We decided to commute going there. I almost forgot the way since my last visit was 5 years ago. We took the two tricycle to get there . We literally experienced ups and downs, smooth and bumpy rides. We felt like we were into another dimension... okay that was absurd. But, we were in an isolated area, far from the metropolis, far from the noise and pollution, far from residential houses and far from everybody. The place was not easily accessible by everybody. You need to call and ask for the schedule of the service van, else you'll end up like us.

The moment we reached GPM, it was like we won a lottery! Check our video here:

Pardon the shaky video and our deep breathe. We were seriously making fun of our exhausted being. We went there for 3 main reasons. One, to ask for the details of GPM inclusion on youth camp. Second, we went there to get connected to God. Third, to catch up about our personal lives and ministries. It was such a great experience. Mainly we discuss about God's favor on Kuya Jim's career path.  Little did we know that we're about to experience favor that day. God didn't want us to just talk about it, He intended us to experienced it.

The GPM:

The departure.

We didn't took notice of the time. We were suppose to leave by 3:30 and catch up the service van, but unfortunately we missed it. It was horrifying to think that we'll be walk down GPM and exhaust ourselves to death just to reach the highway. Transportation was possible in that area, since it's isolated. It is very seldom that tricycle would go in that place. So as we were leaving GPM, we noticed that a group of people were leaving the place too. They have a service vehicle, the king of the road, Jeepney. I was too shy to ask the driver to let us ride with the, I was hoping that he would just offer us a ride. After the agony of waiting, the jeep passed by without a word nor glance. WE'RE DOOMED! I'm preparing myself to walk a more than 2km journey. Kuya Jim seemed not worried at all. We both shouted "Holy Spirit, i-touch mo po yung heart nung driver, sana pasakayin kami!"
In my heart, I was hoping that a tricycle would be available for us but there's none.

Then we reached the foot of the mountain, an SUV stopped in the middle of the road. An old man was brushing off the dust of his car, seems like He was cleaning his car. I told Kuya Jim that I would ask the man, because it is really dreadful to walk in that place. (I have laptop in my bag and it was really heavy. Rain was about to pour out that moment)

I was walking, nearly approaching the man and said "excuse me, Sir-" not merely finishing my sentence, the man nod at me and his hand gestures said "come in, ride with me!"

Kuya Jim and I were speechless for a few seconds and smile was tattooed on our faces. God showered us favor. He let us experienced His divine provision. The man, who is a missionary pastor from Korea told us that God told him to stop. He even left a word to us, Moses said to Joshua, "As God was with me, I will be with you also!"

Meeting him was not an accident, I was able to share to him the burden that God implanted my heart. Something I want to do for 2015, something not easy and takes courage, faith and trust to Him. He said complemented both of us, our passion to seek God more and more in our lives. We were blessed and in that approximately 7 mins of ride with him, we felt joy and peace. God was with us! We were filled with so much awe that we forgot to ask his name! But we didn't forgot the selfie. I will never ever forget the face of this Korean missionary Pastor. 

3 komento:

  1. can i ask about the details of GPM? Thanks

  2. Hi Lance, you may contact them at 703-1761 or email them at :) God bless!

  3. I myself twice na ako nakarating dyan maganda at spiritual uflifting talaga yong place,