When You Believe (There Can Be Miracles)

This song had been popularized by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Some may also know this song in one of David Archuleta’s performances during his American Idol days. But where was the song first heard?

The video clip above is an excerpt from the movie ‘The Prince of Egypt’. Here we follow the life of Moses and his leading of the Israelites to freedom from Egypt. We can see that in the video above, the song “When You Believe” is being performed. It’s such a moving scene.

“Though hope is frail, it’s hard to kill…”

Now what’s the relevance of this song to our country – the Philippines – situation? Well, in three days time we’ll be having our midterm elections. Registered voters will be voting for their preferred candidates for the Senate and local government units.

And so?

In case you haven’t noticed, the public officials seated in office have been around for quite some time now. If not themselves, their relatives or family members have been. They’ve been around supposedly “serving” the Filipino people “for the greater good” but political change hasn’t been progressing. Yes, there are small but not useless changes, but the citizens still feel that they’re hopeless. Same officials around, same issues still not addressed.

Earlier today I was with my classmates for a group project. We talked about high school memories and other funny stuff until we ended up with the coming elections. One of my classmates has a father working for the Commission on Elections (COMELE), another classmate is a Political Science major. My friend with the COMELEC employee father admitted that there are still unresolved issues regarding the voting system. Then the PolSci major chimed in that she used to believe in clean and honest elections. But her hopes died down once she saw how the politics in our country is messed up. Me, on the other hand, just sat there and listened.

“Who knows what miracles you can achieve when you believe?”

Despite all that I’ve heard, I still have this hope and faith in me that the Lord’s will shall prevail. Just like the song, there can be miracles when we believe. Put fear and doubt aside. Hold on to God. Pray and pray and pray.

Moses was a former prince of Egypt turned shepherd when God called Him to liberate the Israelites. He was just one man called to go against a great nation to free the entire Israel. One man against one powerful and oppressive nation. Probability says that the odds are not in his favor. But this one man was backed up by the One True God.

We are not unlike Moses. We are under the rule of an unwell government. We are given the task to change the way our country is run. We have a big God backing us up. We are the ‘Moses-es’ of this generation. Miracles happened during Moses’ time, why can’t those miracles happen in our lifetime? The God we serve is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. Why limit His power to what’s been done before when He can do greater things?

“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 NIV

Dear God,

Though it may seem that the coming elections would be a fail, I have faith it won’t. People may say that change in the Philippines will never happen, but I believe otherwise. The circumstances may point to failure, people may believe things won’t work out, but that’s where faith kicks in. Lord, you have great plans for the Philippines! I declare your power over any principality! Nobody is beyond redemption. No country is beyond salvation. The Philippines is for Christ!

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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