Three months after graduating from college with a BSME back in 1996 I found a mechanical designing job. During those times, I often thought to myself, “I finally made it!” However, I also began to think of the possibilities of the typical American dream especially since I already had a small part in it …an engineering job! I thought to myself that it would be a matter of time before I would be able to find a beautiful and loving wife, then buy a house and settle in a suburb in anycity USA.
It didn’t take long before I began to think…after acquiring the typical American dream, THEN WHAT?! I now began to think that there has got to be more than just acquiring things and finding a spouse. I began to think of what am I REALLY SUPPOSED TO BE DOING and WHY AM I HERE on this planet!
The more I pondered WHY and WHAT FOR…the more I began to evaluate my life, the life of “successful people” and evaluate whether “THINGS” or “PEOPLE” would truly make me happy. It was then that I looked up towards the heavens and began to ask God…WHY AM I HERE? WHAT IS MY PURPOSE? And, is what I currently possess and the blessings to come all there is to my life?
God answered me in a big way by reminding me of HIs plans for me since I was 10 years old. I started to weep, for I know that I have fallen far from where God had prophesied to me then that I was going to be an evangelist. However, it was at this point in my life that I realized…how hungry I had been for Him all these years through high school and throughout my college years. I took notice of this verse…
Psalm 143:5-8 (TLB)
5 I remember the glorious miracles you did in days of long ago. 6 I reach out for you. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain. 7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens; don’t turn away from me or I shall die. 8 Let me see your kindness to me in the morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for my prayer is sincere.
Now, I know that there is more.
Ptr. Mike Ibay