Source: Humans of Pinas

“Since I was underground almost all of my twenties till my early thirties, you can imagine how many unforgettable adventures I chalked up. But at this moment, I recall the simplest — one most relevant to our times.

Sometime in 1982, I was in a waiting shed with a young doctor, at that time my assigned head to our underground medical bureau. If I recall correctly, that was on EDSA just before Pasong Tamo going south, because I could remember the high wall at my back that stretched at least a kilometer.

I don’t think the complicated overpasses existed then. Traffic wasn’t terrible yet, so buses didn’t pass by too often.

Since I was the “wanted” personality — as in, P150,000 on my head dead or alive — my accommodating bureau chief hailed our needed vehicle while I stayed in the background, by the side of the waiting shed almost against the wall.

She stood some meters before me for sometime without success. Suddenly, she looked around, walked back to the waiting shed, finally finding me beside it, in plain sight.

“Oh,” she said, “I didn’t see you! You had melded into the background.”

That surprised me. How had I melded into the background, I wondered? She was right in front of me all that time, only the two of us there — for it was early morning —looking at my direction every so often. I wasn’t hiding behind the waiting shed because its posts were made of steel, not concrete. I was just there.

She too kept wondering how I could meld into the background. Was it a special gift, she asked?

That incident has been a marvel to me till now. I was underground, an atheist, a communist, a dialectical materialist, incapable of any magic. I had no capacity at all to disappear in broad daylight.

It would take me eight more years after that to discover God and surrender to Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength, in a sudden awakening in 1990 at the ripe old age of 40.

I did not know the Bible in 1982. I would learn only later the words “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)

Guard you by making you invisible? That is why I cite this experience in our times.

Though I did not believe it then, I know now that God already had a plan for me. He knew exactly when I would awaken to Him, and He knew then that He would have to protect me again now.

Not only me, but the majority of our countrymen who believe in Him and fight the evil one consistently, with a fervor and passion unsurpassed even by the 1898 Revolution.

For the time is coming, soon if I have any feel of the situation, when the Lord will hide us in plain sight, clothed in His full armor: His helmet of salvation on our heads, on our bodies a tough shell of righteousness held up by His belt of truth, for our shoes the good news of peace, even as our right hands wield the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and our left hands clutch tightly the shield of faith “to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.”

We shall be rendered invisible as needed, and we shall be seen from mountaintops by those in need, as the Lord sees fit.

We who are overcomers shall someday win this battle against rank evil, side by side with the Lord our God — invisible to the marauding enemy even when in plain sight, but visible to all those who call out to Him for help.

No one, not even the Dragon possessed by Satan, will be able to stop us.”