The past weekend was spent mostly bonding with friends either over lunch or dinner. During one of these times, one of our friends asked me whether I was familiar with “Jamich”, as he said, theirs was an interesting and touching story.
Of course, curiosity got the better of me so I immediately googled them when we got home that evening.
Apparently, Jamich was a play on words on the names of a young couple (Jam Sebastian and Mich Liggayu) whose self-made videos went viral thus gaining for them a loyal following and making them certified “YouTube sensations” in the Philippines. By a sad twist of fate, though, and at the height of their popularity, Jam was sadly diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer at the young age of 28.
But more than their wholesome and creative videos, what struck me was how this young couple continually deals with seeming tragedy and how they exhibit such a depth and maturity in faith beyond their years – much more than what we normally find and expect even in people older than them.
One interview was particularly inspirational and struck an all-too-familiar chord – as we too are struggling with serious illness in our family with my mom having been diagnosed with early onset dementia/Alzheimer’s disease.
Indeed, in the face of inexplicable suffering, how do we cope? Where do we draw our strength? How do we go on?
Jam’s reply was simple yet so full of wisdom. He said:
Pag na kay Lord ka, wala kang sakit, lagi kang magaling sa kanya. Lalo na pag maintindihan mo kung paano siya gumalaw. Iba po yung way niya. Kahit minsan, ke-question-in mo siya, ‘Lord ang hirap neto.’
Pero alam ko, the greater the pullback, the greater the comeback. So…hinahatak niya ako ngayon e pero pag ni-launch na niya ako, lahat kami mas malaki ang mararating…malayo ang blessing.
So ganon lang po. Yun lang ang paniwalaan mo and ipaglaban mo yon. Magdasal ka everyday na, ‘Lord, thank you, magaling na ako… Lord, thank you, pinagaling mo na ako.’ Past tense. Kasi alam ko magyayari po yon.
Roughly translated: When you’re with the Lord, you’re sickness-free. You’re always well with Him. So much more when you understand how He moves. He has a different way of doing things…even if sometimes we question Him and say, “Lord, this is so difficult.”
I know though that the greater the pullback, the greater the comeback. He’s stretching me now but I am certain that when He finally launches me, all of us will be bigger and better, with far-reaching blessings.
So, that’s how it is. That’s what you should believe and fight for. Pray everyday saying, “Lord, thank you that I am healed. Lord, thank you for healing me.” All in the past tense. Because I know it will happen.
Such wisdom – and in the face of so much pain and suffering – truly inspiring! His pain mirrors our pain and genuinely reflects the human condition.
My prayer is that I remember the faith of this young man – that when I am stretched to the point of giving up, may I be prodded to go on because my God has greater blessings in store for me. That in the face of adversity, may I continue to be formed and moulded to be the best vessel I can be to reflect the glory of my Maker.
Can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. (Jer 18:6)