Next month comes the Ramadan in KSA. A few days ago, Dane called me to let me know their company has given their employees the chance to go back home to the Philippines for the whole Ramadan (that’s about 21 days I believe) to be with their family and I guess to cut less on their employees’ double pay.
The trick though is for their employees to pay half of their fare. I think it’s at around 5,000 pesos. Well, that’s not bad, right? So Dane went and asked his manager to back him up so he could request to avail of it. I was so excited for that to happen, I was excited because now there’s just too many milestones Nate can show him that he hasn’t seen personally because he was away. I wondered how Nate would react to see his papa personally again (and all that stuff!).
However, when Dane went home, he told me that after he talked to his manager, he learned that since he’s only worked for 6 months, he would have to pay for his own fare (back and forth), and pay more additional fees. That’s a lot compared to those who’ve already worked for a year (because they get paid leave). So, sadly, we had to cut the thought of him going home in June this year. I was sad and a bit disappointment but I composed myself and remembered that we prepared for an entire “TWO YEARS” before we could meet again. And that any meetings done before his contract ends are nothing but unexpected blessings.
In life, there are so many things that would require for us to be patient. Nowadays, life has offered us with so many instant options: instant food you can just reheat, instant way to connect with people just using your fingertips, instant way to do things, and a whole lot more. These things, even though they are good, also have negative effects in our lives and can sometimes make us impatient on other things.
The bible reminds us that patience can bring so many wonderful things. Patience makes a farmer’s harvest successful, patience makes the things you do more productive, patience makes the waiting worthwhile. So I wait patiently for Dane’s return, stay faithful while I also rest in the fact that someday, we’ll all be together again.
The bible reminds us to about patience on waiting on the Lord. Romans 12:12 says: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” and in James 5:7, it says: “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains. You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.”