For you have forgotten the God of your salvation
and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge;
therefore, though you plant pleasant plants
and sow the vine-branch of a stranger,
though you make them grow on the day that you plant them,
and make them blossom in the morning that you sow,
yet the harvest will flee away
in a day of grief and incurable pain.
Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay di makakarating sa paroroonan. This is a popular Filipino proverb stated by our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Basically it speaks about achieving something—he who doesn’t appreciate his roots shall never succeed or he who doesn’t know how to look back where he came from will never reach his destiny. People who fall in the category of which are called “Ingrata” in my province. Even though children whose parents had separated because of third parties are counseled to still respect the offender for the fact that without him/her, he wouldn’t had existed.
Who are we to forget our Father? Who are we to not remember what our Refuge had done just to save us? Who are we to ignore our Creator? Apart from God we can do nothing. All the things that we could see, the things we use every day, the knowledge and wisdom comes from Him. We don’t deserve to receive these because we had sinned a lot yet He provided it. And what do we give God in return? Forgetting that He had given us everything? Ignoring His sacrifices? Man, we were more rotten than a decaying fish if that is the case!
For prosperity and success comes in God’s hands. He can take it whenever He wants or He might not give it to someone even though we had worked hard just to achieve it. Everything is in God’s hands. We must gladly accept that we are so much dependent on Him.