Music playing: Aint It Fun by Paramore
So this is one of my favorite dishes in the world, a pho.
The other day, after a really long day at work, Luis and I both agreed to meet and have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Pho Hoa.
I got to the restaurant first. I was checking out the menu, fully decided that I was going to get one of the best comfort food dishes, the basic chicken pho with quail eggs. But then I glanced over to the other side of the menu and saw the seafood pho. I could almost taste the texture of the squid ball, and shrimps in my mouth. Hmmm. I glanced back to the chicken soup.
But I want quail eggs.
But I have never tried the seafood pho, and I’ve always been wanting to. Life is short.
Darn. It was so tough being torn. Anyway, in light of braving new things, and learning to grow out of my comfort zone, I decided to choose the seafood pho. I silently consoled myself with the thought that I was going to get another chance with the quail eggs.
Luis came, and he ordered.
We talked about how each of our days went, and before I knew it, our orders arrived and I was slurping happily on my seafood pho. No regrets. It was good. Ingredients fresh.
We kept talking, and talking. Updates on the orders from our business, filling him in on the agonizing traffic we were stuck in earlier, and so on. Then came the momentary break of silence in the conversation. It was then that I glanced over to his side, and took notice of two quail eggs on the small saucer.
That’s when it dawned on me. Luis almost always orders the chicken soup and he doesn’t eat quail eggs.
But, you know, just because I am the cynic that I am, I had to ask. “You’re not going to eat the quail eggs?”
He shook his head.
My heart leaped.
I am so loved.
It’s strange, I know, but I was very certain that God set aside those two quail eggs for me. He made sure that I would be able to experience His love in that very personal way, and that I would be able to see that… everything works out eventually.
I wanted two things, and was very confused on which one to choose. The Lord, by His great, amazing grace, chose to give me both.
I have been such a cynic lately, trapped in confusion amidst layers of choices. I often think that whatever I choose will turn out to be a regretful one.
I have succumbed to the world’s mindset of fear: “Sa bawat isang pinipili may isang libo kang tinatanggihan.” (said by Angel Locsin, Unofficially Yours)
But the Lord is showing me that no, it doesn’t work that way with Him. With Him, in Him, and through Him, things work out. Always.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
There are many choices, yes, but I do not have to fear the outcome if I truly love the Lord, if I stay close to Him, if I place my trust in Him, instead of the circumstances. Whatever I choose, He will always have my back. Whatever I choose, He will make it worth my while. Just like choosing the seafood pho. Venturing out in faith, I chose the out of the ordinary, and ended up getting something amazing and new AND the nicely familiar.
Crossroads? Just choose something. Choose a path. But before choosing something, choose Him. And then whatever you choose, He will always choose to give you, your quail egg moment.