Saturday, February 21, 2009

Life is Ebb and Flow

In Memoriam

Today, February 23, 2009 at exactly 10:00 am, my eldest sister- Lulu died after a lingering coma brought about by a second massive stroke. I am so devastated by her death but I commend her spirit to the Lord. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

" Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bells toll, it tolls for thee." For Whom The Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway

Life is ebb and flow. It is never constant. Life is up and down. It is never steady. Life is a constant change. We are like mere puppets at the end of a marionette strings manipulated by fate. Who can say I am what I am and I am where I had wanted to be? Only fools say that. Nobody stands proud and mighty who can look up to heaven and say I have been what I decided to be and I have accomplished all that my mind has purposed in my life. We are like rag dolls in the swelling eddies of life's current, carried in the ebb and flow of the changing fortunes of life. Was it not so long ago that America stood proud and mighty among the community of nations? Now it has bowed down on its knees and the whole world bowed down with her. Only God is constant in the scheme of things. Only He decrees who would rise and who would fall. The high and the mighty have fallen in the weight of their own decadent lifestyles, leaving only memories of their once insatiable appetite for worldliness and pleasure seeking. Many people look only for the pursuit of happiness. But what is it? Only a vain clutching at straws set on fire at a mere spark of life's changing fortunes. We will walk this life but once, and many have succumbed to the pursuit of their own happiness at the expense of their souls. Is it worth it? Can a lifetime of "happiness," gross materialism, sensuality and the satisfaction of our cravings for sexual and sensual fantasies ever compensate for the loss of our conscience and the desire to please God and walk in His ways? Only time will tell what the real truth will be. Then those who sneered at people who obey God will have the chance to prove their lifelong obsession to live their lives the way they wanted to. But will there be weeping and gnashing of teeth when the Lord comes for judgment?

Tags: Ebb, Flow, Life, Meaning of Life, Happiness, Pursuit of Happiness, Changing Fortunes, Gross Materialism, Cravings, Desires, Sexual Fantasies, Obsession, Constant Change, Puppets, Marionette Strings, Fools, America, Decadent Lifestyles, Souls

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

But there are people I met who say whatever is happened because of their wish.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Hobo,
Yes, to a certain extent that may be true but there are certain things that can never be controlled by man like death for example. Only God knows when each person will die. Thanks for your visit and honest comments. God bless.

Tey said...

Yes Mel I agree. Nobody knows when and where but God. So it is always important to be ready. My condolences to you and to her family
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Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Tey,
Thank you so much for condoling with us. Actually she was a single mother with two grown up children who look up to me as their father figure. Thanks again for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Uncle Che said...

My mum used to tell me that life on earth is nothing but a preparatory ground for eternity, and while we are here, we are just strangers.

I used to find that funny until when I started understanding what she meant

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Uncle Che,
Yes, I agree with your mom. We are just pilgrims here placed by God for His own purpose. We look to a far better world where we will meet the Lord face to face and where He will wipe every tear in our eyes. We will live with Him in blissful eternity. Thanks for your visit and inspired comments. God bless you always.

Roy said...

I'm sorry for your lost Mel, my condolences

I admire you for your faith, God bless.

krystyna said...

I'm so, so sorry! I understand your pain.
Sometimes I ask myself and God - WHY???
Life has many "why".

Please, take my condolences.
Now, your sister is with Jesus.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Roy,
Thank you so much for condoling with us. I really appreciate that. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
I never ask the Lord why because I know what He will answer. His answer will always be why not. He is God and is sovereign over all His creation. We just bow down to His almighty will. Thanks for condoling with us. We really appreciate that. God bless you always my friend.

krystyna said...

I know Mel. Your faith is strong.
It is perfect. Thank you for encouraging me.
My faith is strong too, but sometimes with "why" and other questions. I try to understand God's will.
I think you understand what I mean.
I learn many from you. From Sheila too.
God bless you and
God bless your work!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Krystyna,
You have many questions because you are vacillating with different faiths which you are trying to synthesize. You accept the beliefs of others and try to synthesize those beliefs with your own but that will not work. You will just be left with more confusions. For example, the caricature in your blog showing a lady with a heart that is connected to the "Holy Spirit" is from the New Age group. They are not Christian. In fact they are opposed to Christian beliefs. Your acceptance of the beliefs of the east specifically India has also caused confusion with your Christian beliefs. I suggest you just base your beliefs on the word of God based on the Bible. Thanks for your visit and honest comments. God bless you always.

Lady Esther said...

the phrase ebb and flow brought me to your blog. it's very nice. are you filipino? my husband is. God bless you.
Esther ~

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Lady Esther,
Yes I am Filipino. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you.

PianoPlayer said...

I like your thoughts. :)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi PianoPlayer,
Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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