“You can fall in love at first sight with a place as it is with a person.”
The words mentioned above ring true.
We’ve held our bible study (BS) sessions at Washington Sycip Park for five Saturdays already. For those who have no idea, the park is located in Makati, near AIM and Greenbelt. It is a private park developed and maintained for the public. Not only it is a park, it is also a beautiful sanctuary in the heart of the city. If you happen to be inside, you will momentarily forget that you are still in the metro because of the many plants and beautifully landscaped grounds. I can’t describe it to you in detail but my friend said that she wanted to get married there (that’s how nice the place is! :))
However and sadly last April 14, the guard approached and told us to move out of the park. He advised us not to continue with our BS there until we have obtained the permit from the authorized personnel.
With heavy hearts, we said our goodbyes to dear Sycip Park and headed to the nearest Mcdonald’s to continue.
That time, we fervently prayed that God will answer our prayers in getting the needed permit.
We hoped for a yes but what we got was a no.
Last April 17, we received an email from one of our friends saying that those from MACEA (the operator responsible for the parks in Makati) did not approve of using the park for our BS sessions. Shadows of disappointment and confusion enveloped me upon knowing the news. It was really unwelcome. Thankfully, God reminded me that He is bigger than this intrusion.
The beauty of the created park may leave an impression, but it won’t compare to the delight brought by getting to know the Creator Himself and His pure and eternal word with fellow believers. Hebrews 10:24-25 perfectly provides “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
I hope that we’ll continue to devote ourselves to God, whenever, wherever.
For now, as I bid adieu to Sycip Park, I thank God for the wonderful memories He’s engraved in my mind and for the time He’s allowed us to use the park. Praying that we’ll find a good place to conduct our BS sessions this Saturday and the next Saturdays ahead. 🙂