JESS OR JESUS?

By: Jeruel Ibañez

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Passing through the door of the Principal’s office I started at 5:30 p.m. to work on my students’ grades in the Computer Laboratory. Adjacent to the door a clear glass allowed me to see the few people in the other room busying themselves with their tasks while I encoded my class record on the computer. 

When almost done, I peeked through the glass window, and to my surprise, nobody was there anymore. So, I collected my things and moved to the principal’s office through the same door I came in. At 7 pm I still felt relaxed and confident; since I was able to get out of the computer lab, I would be able to find my way out of the office.  I said a prayer in English to ask God for help; without worry.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t open the main entrance door. Somebody padlocked the door from outside. Locked down inside the principal’s office I realized I had three more challenges. First, I whispered, “I left my phone at home. Second, tomorrow is November 1, a holiday so, no janitor would open the door to clean the rooms tonight. Third, even if I kept shouting, “Jess! Jesssss! Jessssssss!” the janitor of AUP Academy won’t hear me because the music played at the workers’ quarters was much louder than my yell.” My calm and composed appearance shifted to a desperate and hopeless countenance.

I pleaded with God earnestly, in my native Ilonggo dialect, to rescue me. Instantly, after that sincere prayer, something in the room caught my eyes and brightened my face. I dashed toward the switch of the school bell, and at 9:00 p.m. everyone in the community heard the longest ringing of the recess bell in the Academy as Jess came sprinting toward the office door.

Shaking my head with a smile I said, “thank you so much, Jess” in grateful relief. But more than anything else I thanked Jesus for He answered my heartfelt prayer, even before I asked.

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